About the GIP Digital Watch observatory



The GIP Digital Watch observatory, an initiative of the Geneva Internet Platform (operated by DiploFoundation) in partnership with the Internet Society, is a comprehensive Internet governance and digital policy observatory. The platform – at dig.watch – provides a neutral one-stop shop for the latest developments, overviews and explanatory texts, events, resources, and other content related to Internet governance and digital policy. It draws from the strengths of its partners’ assets: the resources DiploFoundation has developed over the last 15 years, the Geneva Internet Platform's international reach, and the Internet Society’s network of Chapters that will help shape localised content.

The observatory:

  • maintains a comprehensive live summary of the latest developments in digital policy;
  • provides an overview of issues, actors and ongoing processes;
  • maintains a live calendar of upcoming and past events, and public consultations, and provides just-in-time reporting from digital policy events;
  • provides access to the latest research and data on Internet policy;
  • is enriched by quantitative research (e.g. data-mining of open data, topic profiling);
  • relies on a team of 50+ digital policy experts from around the world, for digital policy research and analysis.


The taxonomy behind the GIP Digital Watch observatoryThe taxonomy used on the GIP Digital Watch observatory

At present, the observatory features 43 digital policy areas, classified under the following seven broad clusters: Infrastructure and Standardisation, Security, Human Rights, Legal, Economic, Development, and Socio-cultural. Although this categorisation was needed for the purposes of classifying the policy areas into broad areas, many of the digital policy areas interact with other areas in different clusters.

This taxonomy was first developed in 1997 by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, and then introduced in the book An Introduction to Internet Governance (now in its 7th edition). It was later adopted in DiploFoundation's Internet governance courses. The taxonomy is under regular development to account for emerging trends and new developments in this vibrant process. Today, the same taxonomy has been adopted in the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development's report on Mapping of international Internet public policy issues, and in the GIPO initiative sponsored by the European Commission.


The three Digital Watch pillars

The GIP Digital Watch observatory forms part of the GIP Digital Watch initiative, run by the Geneva Internet Platform and operated by DiploFoundation, which provides a solution for practitioners of Internet governance and digital policy who need to acquire information and become informed stakeholders on issues they care about. The online observatory complements two other pillars forming part of GIP Digital Watch:

  • The Geneva Digital Watch newsletter, a monthly newsletter which includes round-up of developments, interviews with prominent IG experts, and articles on various digital policy areas. Learn more about the newsletters, access the archive, and download the latest issue.
  • Monthly GIP briefings on Internet governance in Geneva and online, which take place every last Tuesday of the month. As of 2016, local hubs are being established worldwide with the aim of encouraging sustainable discussions in local communities, and to share regional perspectives during the monthly briefings. Learn more about the GIP briefings and how to set up a local hub, and access the archive.



GIPO logoGIP Digital Watch oco-operates with other observatories, including GIPO. We are proud that GIPO has adopted DiploFoundation's taxonomy of Internet governance issues.


The Team behind the GIP Digital Watch observatory

Concept and Management: Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform | Dr Tereza Horejsova, Director Project Development at DiploFoundation, and Coordinator of the Geneva Internet Platform.

Editor: Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila, Director Digital Policy at DiploFoundation

Curators: Mr Radek Bejdak | Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila | Dr Katharina Hoene | Dr Tereza Horejsova | Dr Jovan Kurbalija | Mr Arvin Kamberi | Ms Marilia Maciel | Ms Aida Mahmutovic | Ms Adriana Minovic | Ms Virginia Paque | Ms Roxana Radu | Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson | Ms Sorina Teleanu | Mr Vladimir Radunovic

Assistant Curators: Mr Hafedh Al Yahmadi (Internet Society Tunisia) | Ms Nadira AlAraj (Internet Society Palestine) | Mr Hamza Ben Mehrez (Internet Society Tunisia) | Ms Agustina Callegari (Internet Society Argentina) | Mr Foncham Denis Doh (Internet Society Cameroon) | Mr Andre Edwards (Internet Society Trinidad and Tobago) | Ms Adela Goberna (Special Interest Group Youth Observatory) | Mr Carlos  Guerrero Argote (Special Interest Group Youth Observatory) | Ms Su Sonia Herring (Internet Society Turkey) | Ms Ines Hfaiedh (Internet Society Tunisia) | Mr Matías Jackson (Internet Society Uruguay) | Mr Mwendwa Kivuva | Glenn McKnight (Internet Society Canada) | Mr Antony Namanga (Internet Society Cameroon) | Mr Jacob Odame (Internet Society Ghana) | Mr Michael Oghia (Internet Society Serbia) | Ms Wanda M. Pérez Pena (Internet Society Dominican Republic) | Mr Trevor Phipps (St Kitts & Nevis) | Mr Krishna Kumar Rajamannar (Internet Society India - Chennai) | Mr Mohit Saraswat (Internet Society UAE)

CreativeLab and Technical Team: Ms Jelena Jakovljevic | Mr Arvin Kamberi | Mr Nikola Krstic | Ms Darija Medic | Ms Mina Mudric | Ms Aye Mya Nyein

Get in touch: For more information, contact us at digitalwatch@diplomacy.edu. Subscribe to our mailing list to keep up-to-date with Geneva Internet Platform and GIP Digital Watch developments.

Press info: Download the GIP Digital Watch observatory flyer.


Except where otherwise noted, the content on the GIP Digital Watch observatory is licensed by DiploFoundation under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International. External content is licensed by the respective authors. Please inform us when making use of the content.


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