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AI at UNGA78: The topic on everyone’s lips
US plans to propose international norms for military AI at UN
China accuses US of infiltrating Huawei servers in decade-long cyberespionage campaign
The Malabo Convention enters into force: Africa’s move towards shared data and cybersecurity standards and rules
The CIA unveils cutting-edge AI tool for open-source intelligence analysis
Advocate General of CJEU upholds retention of civil identity data in copyright infringement cases
US FCC pushes for net neutrality revival in the face of ISP resistance
Canadian groups urge separation of AI measures from privacy bill for enhanced safeguards
France: Proposed law to limit easy access to illegal online content

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Key takeaways from the sixth UN session on cybercrime treaty negotiations

The 6th Session of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime finished its work, and one final round of inter-state negotiations left. Is there a treaty text yet, and are states close to a final agreement?

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5G Transformation: The power of good policy

From South Korea’s spectrum leadership to the EU’s harmonisation and Africa’s context-specific solutions, each of these approaches underscores the link between policies and 5G’s potential. These efforts are indispensable to foster optimal policies for future development.

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AI and copyright: USA, UK eyeing new rules

In our September issue #82 of the Digital Watch Monthly we look at how the arrival of generative AI models has wreaked havoc on copyright rules. We discuss the Brussels effect and the impact of the two new sets of rules. We also ask what will it take for robotaxis to earn or lose the public’s trust.

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DW Weekly #129 – 25 September 2023

Momentum for a new international AI governance body under the UN is growing. Last week’s UN General Assembly debate showed that it’s a matter of when, not if. In other news, OpenAI was sued for copyright infringement again, while competition authorities kept busy with new AI principles, merger reviews, and antitrust practices.


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The process towards a Global Digital Compact

How will the Global Digital Compact be developed and what will it focus on?

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