Gates urges tech industry to preserve user privacy

Exec opens CES with keynote address

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Bill Gates opened the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a plea for hardware and software developers to preserve the privacy of consumers as electronic devices become increasingly interconnected.

In his keynote address Wendesday evening to a standing-room-only crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton theater, Gates talked about where technology has been over the last 20 years, and where it is going.

“We need to look forward to what comes next,” Gates said. “Technology is increasing.”

He said that as devices increase, software will be developed to link them together. “Don’t make it too complicated,” he added. “Empower people and preserve their privacy.”

His speech was received with enthusiastic applause.

Today, following a morning keynote by Eric Benhamou, chairman and CEO of 3Com, the show kicks into high gear, showcasing the newest trends, strategies and profit opportunities in the consumer technology industry.

Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association, the four-day meeting features more than 1,500 exhibitors. More than 90,000 attendees are expected.

Total consumer electronics sales are projected to hit a record $85 billion in 2000, the eighth consecutive year of growth for the industry. This compares with total sales in 1999 and 1998 of $81 billion and $75 billion respectively.

Today’s show also features a keynote by Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO of Sun Microsystems.

A broad range of seminars will focus on topics that include digital entertainment convergence, broadband entertainment programming and content development, and the future of consumer computing.

Live webcasts of CES will be available over the Internet through Saturday. CES continues through Sunday.

More Digital

  • Michelle Kempner

    BuzzFeed Entertainment Operations Head Michelle Kempner Exiting for Facebook

    LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Bill Gates opened the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a plea for hardware and software developers to preserve the privacy of consumers as electronic devices become increasingly interconnected. In his keynote address Wendesday evening to a standing-room-only crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton theater, Gates talked about where […]

  • Empty movie theater

    AMC Theatres Teams With Facebook for Movie Ticket Purchases

    LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Bill Gates opened the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a plea for hardware and software developers to preserve the privacy of consumers as electronic devices become increasingly interconnected. In his keynote address Wendesday evening to a standing-room-only crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton theater, Gates talked about where […]

  • VUDU logo

    Walmart Eyes Q4 Launch of Vudu-Branded Service to Rival Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

    LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Bill Gates opened the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a plea for hardware and software developers to preserve the privacy of consumers as electronic devices become increasingly interconnected. In his keynote address Wendesday evening to a standing-room-only crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton theater, Gates talked about where […]

  • Marc Hustvedt - Fine Brothers Entertainment

    Marc Hustvedt, Formerly CEO of Above Average, Joins FBE (EXCLUSIVE)

    LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Bill Gates opened the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a plea for hardware and software developers to preserve the privacy of consumers as electronic devices become increasingly interconnected. In his keynote address Wendesday evening to a standing-room-only crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton theater, Gates talked about where […]

  • Walter Cronkite Media Broadband

    Rebooting Walter Cronkite: Broadcast News Rushes to Broadband

    LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Bill Gates opened the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a plea for hardware and software developers to preserve the privacy of consumers as electronic devices become increasingly interconnected. In his keynote address Wendesday evening to a standing-room-only crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton theater, Gates talked about where […]

  • Spotify logo is presented on a

    Spotify Launches Feature to Help Artists, Labels Submit Music to Playlists

    LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Bill Gates opened the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a plea for hardware and software developers to preserve the privacy of consumers as electronic devices become increasingly interconnected. In his keynote address Wendesday evening to a standing-room-only crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton theater, Gates talked about where […]

  • Chance the Rapper

    Chance the Rapper Buys Chicagoist Website, He Announces in New Single

    LAS VEGAS — Microsoft CEO Bill Gates opened the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a plea for hardware and software developers to preserve the privacy of consumers as electronic devices become increasingly interconnected. In his keynote address Wendesday evening to a standing-room-only crowd at the Las Vegas Hilton theater, Gates talked about where […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content