President Moon Jae-in met with the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, for a 45 minute-conversation at Cheong Wa Dae from 4:00 p.m. today. The President agreed to the meeting after the Twitter CEO had sent a request in late January expressing his hope to meet with the President during his scheduled visit to Korea in March.
CEO Jack Dorsey began by thanking President Moon for having his own Twitter account. He went on to say that the sincerity President Moon conveys as an ordinary individual has impressed him, adding that the President’s example is worth being emulated by other heads of state and government. He added that his company is highly interested in digital leadership, digital government and open communication and that President Moon has set a good example for them.
President Moon responded by saying, “Cheong Wa Dae and the Government, including myself, are communicating with the public through Twitter and other social media.” The President went on to explain that his Administration strives to communicate through an online public petition system because everyday participation in politics by sovereign people makes democracy healthier. The President asked the Twitter CEO about the inspiration behind Twitter, which has become an important and everyday means of communication for average people.
Noting that tomorrow marks Twitter’s 13th birthday, CEO Dorsey said that, as a child, he had great interest in maps and researched how cities operated, ultimately finding that what mattered was people. Saying that people have responded well to the app he developed to send messages via mobile phone, the CEO added that participation by many people has enabled the growth of Twitter.
President Moon said, "I think innovation is about bringing out a desire in people and commercializing it. Korea is also making efforts to create future growth engines and job opportunities through innovative startups. If you have any advice for innovative startups and something to say to young people who are taking on the challenge of founding an innovative business, I hope you share it with us."
In reply, the Twitter CEO said that people had told him that it was okay to fail, which has helped him a lot. Noting that one strength of Silicon Valley is its structure that helps everyone learn, he added that taking on a new challenge in such a structure could lead to huge success. He continued that even if you fail, it is important to try again and do better after learning from the failure. In addition, the Twitter CEO said that he thinks the best innovation involves creating an environment that allows people to feel free to take risks.
President Moon said, “I agree that what’s important is an environment where one can stand up again even after a failure, share the experience of failure and achieve a bigger success through that.”
Twitter CEO Dorsey said that the goal is to encourage healthy conversation between people. He went on to say that filtering efforts are necessary to promote healthy dialogue in the world and that this is why the company is making considerable investment in artificial intelligence. Noting that not only technology but also education is significant, he said that technology is not simply something cold but something that allows face-to-face communication.
President Moon said, “Convenient and equal means for communication enable many people to share information and gather collective intelligence, and I believe that this will stay the same going forward.”