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UNCTAD eWeek 2023 | High-level ministerial roundtable on digital trade
Indian regulatory authority publishes a consultation paper on digital inclusion
Meta rolls out end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Facebook, introducing new features
EU grapples with crucial AI regulation amidst overnight talks
UNCTAD eWeek 2023 | The Inclusion of African Women and Ecommerce (Ecommerce Forum Africa)
Welcome to day four of UNCTAD eWeek 2023 | Programme 
UNCTAD eWeek 2023 | Bottom-up AI and the right to be humanly imperfect 
UNCTAD eWeek 2023 | G20 Contributions to Digital Economy and Digitalization for Development
EU Council calls for promoting safe AI that respects fundamental rights

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A new chapter in intellectual property rights: The age of AI-generated content

Patent authorities globally are grappling with the challenge of redefining their approach to handling inventions generated not by human ingenuity but by AI. It has sparked considerable debate within the intellectual property community. This analysis initiates a three-part series that delves into the influence of AI on intellectual property rights.

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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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Digital at UNGA78

In our October issue of the Digital Watch Monthly, we look at the coverage of digital issues at the General Debate of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), the State of the Union address, key takeaways from the most recent round of cybercrime negotiations and the upcoming Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2023.

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DW Weekly #138 – 27 November 2023

Negotiations on the EU AI Act face challenges as France, Germany, and Italy oppose tiered regulation for foundation AI models. OpenAI’s leadership changes and alleged project Q* raise transparency concerns. The UK, USA, and partners released global AI system development guidelines. Italy is investigating AI data collection, while Switzerland is exploring regulatory approaches. India warned social media giants about the spread of deepfakes and misinformation. The US Treasury imposed record penalties on Binance, and the Australian regulator called for regulatory reform of digital platforms.


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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.