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“Digital is to open perspectives, not to close societies”

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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa closed this Thursday the Web Summit where, after congratulating the renewal of the event in Lisbon, left an alert.

The President of the Republic was very much applauded this Thursday at the closing of the Web Summit in Lisbon.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa began by congratulating the 10-year renewal of the event in Lisbon, but also warned of new challenges.

“We are witnessing a trend that is closing societies, protectionism, xenophobia, mistrust of the other that is the opposite of the meaning of the opening that the digital, “said the head of State in an interview given to SIC after the closing ceremony of the Web Summit.

In this short interview, after the event, President Marcelo revealed that the idea he “wanted to convey was that there were goals for the past year: one was to preserve the Web Summit, we had ten years, the other to continue this movement in Europe and the world and continued, the last was not forgetting climate change and went well. ”

“This year is different is what to do with ten years ahead, always do differently with imagination, creativity and innovation. [Second], make it sustainable, it is not four days, it has to be all the time. those who stay behind and use the digital for education. And finally, the great conflict these days, which is digital is to open up prospects, now we are watching a trend that is closing societies, protectionism, xenophobia, distrust of the other that is the opposite of the meaning of the opening that the digital has brought, “said President Marcelo, reiterating that” it is necessary to raise awareness of this. “

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