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Holy See addresses the digital revolution at UNGA78: Ethical reflections on AI and urgent climate action
Bhutan’s commitment to sustainable development: Insights from UNGA78
MIT’s breakthrough Fluxonium Qubit architecture paves the way for ultra-precise quantum computing
Judge orders jury trial in Thomson Reuters vs. Ross Intelligence AI copyright battle
Hong Kong acts against unregulated cryptocurrency trading platforms
Samoa’s PM Mata’afa addresses cybersecurity concerns at UNGA78
Universities stop using AI detection tools such as Turnitin
OpenAI’s ChatGPT gets more human-like with new voice and image features
OpenAI CEO Sam Altman stresses necessity of AI regulation

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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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From internet applications to quantum computing, we focus on advanced and emerging digital technologies which are increasingly reshaping our economies and societies.

Clusters of Policy topics

We unpack digital policy by exploring over 50 topics – from access and sustainable development to network security and the future of work – classified in 7 clusters.


Follow some of the most important digital policy processes, from the EU's work on the Digital Services Act/Digital Markets Act to the UN Cybercrime Ad Hoc Committee.