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Digital dominance in the 2024 elections
Hugging Face unveils new benchmark for AI in healthcare
Italy proactive in AI and information rights, Europe should follow says RSF
EU demands adult content platforms to assess risks
Google faces privacy concerns in UK over cookie replacements
FBI chief warns of Chinese hackers threatening US infrastructure
Deepfake controversy surrounds Le Pen family ahead of EU elections
Google fires 28 employees over protest against Israeli contract
Japan’s antitrust bill to target tech giants

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Digital dominance in the 2024 elections

Digital technologies, particularly AI, have been integral to all stages of the electoral process for several years now. What distinguishes the current landscape is their unprecedented scale and impact.

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(Jail) time ahead for the cryptocurrency industry

The cryptocurrency and digital asset industry has once again been the focus of the worldwide media. This time, it is not about the promises of an inclusive future of finance but is related to a couple of court cases initiated or found to have come to a close in the past months.

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OEWG’s seventh substantive session: the highlights

The UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies 2021–2025 held its seventh substantive session in March 2024. The group discussed threats, norms, international law, confidence building measures, capacity building, and regular institutional dialogue.

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Decision postponed on the Cybercrime Convention: What you should know about the latest session of the UN negotiations

The concluding session of the Ad Hoc Committee on Cybercrime ended but consensus to draft a cybercrime convention has not been reached. Therefore, it was decided that an additional session will be held. In the meantime, where have states not agreed and why?

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Issue #88 - April 2024

In this issue, we look at the latest discussions at the UN OEWG on ICT security, where states remain divided on norms, international law and the future mechanism for discussions; the GDC’s Zero Draft, the renewal of the WTO e-commerce Moratorium, and ‘Yes Minister’ as the novel Turing Test.

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DW Weekly #156 – 19 April 2024

The Second AI safety summit has been scheduled for 21-22 May 2024, hosted by South Korea. X agreed to comply with Brazilian Supreme Court orders. Apple removed WhatsApp and Threads from China app store, complying with orders from the Cyberspace Administration of China, citing national security concerns. CISA warned that state-sponsored hackers are targeting US federal email accounts.


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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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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.