The Digital Watch weekly

Published every Monday, the Digital Watch weekly newsletter brings you the latest in digital policy from around the world, plus a new week-ahead section.

DW Weekly #163 – 7 June 2024

#163 Weekly | Chinese researchers developed an AI hospital town. Microsoft, OpenAI, and Nvidia found themselves under the antitrust microscope in the USA for their perceived dominance in the AI industry. Australia dropped the legal battle to remove graphic footage of a church stabbing from X. (See more)

DW Weekly #162 – 31 May 2024

#162 Weekly | TikTok is reportedly developing a new recommendation algorithm for its US-based users, potentially paving the way for the divestiture of ByteDance’s US assets. The EU established its AI Office. International law enforcement agencies took down 911 S5, the biggest botnet ever. Zambia joined the list of countries with national AI strategies. (See more)

DW Weekly #161 – 24 May 2024

DW Weekly #161 | The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers adopted the Convention on AI and human rights while the European Council gave final approval to the EU AI Act. The second global AI summit was held in Seoul. The EU and South Korea are investing in chips. (See more)

DW Weekly #160 – 17 May 2024

The USA is considering new AI software export controls to China. An Australian court reversed the block on the church stabbing video on X. A Global Points of Contact (POC) directory was established in the context of the Open-ended Working Group on security of and in the use of ICTs 2021-2025 (OEWG). (See more)

DW Weekly #159 – 10 May 2024

China and France issued a joint statement on AI governance. TikTok is suing the US government over a recent law mandating that ByteDance divest TikTok. US lawmakers introduced a bill that would make implementing AI model export rules easier. (See more)

DW Weekly #158 – 3 May 2024

The Hiroshima AI Process Friends Group has been formed, Japan’s Prime Minister announced. Universal Music Group artists are back on TikTok after a new licensing deal. A TikTok ban in EU is ‘not excluded’, President of the European Commission von der Leyen stated. Dropbox disclosed that its e-signature platform, Dropbox Sign, has been breached. (See more)

DW Weekly #157 – 26 April 2024

US President Biden signed and enacted a law mandating TikTok sale or ban in the USA. Nigeria launched its first multilingual large language model for inclusive AI development. FCC voted to restore net neutrality rules. X is defying Australia's content removal demands, while the Supreme Court of Brazil demands answers from X over alleged non-compliance. (See more)

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. (See more)

DW Weekly #155 – 12 April 2024

Kenya launched a project to develop National AI Strategy in with German and EU partners. Brazil's Supreme Court is investigating Elon Musk. US lawmakers are considering extending the TikTok divestiture deadline. South Korea and Samsung are investing in chips, while Google unveiled new AI chip to reduce reliance on major chipmakers. bipartisan legislation aiming to establish national data privacy rights has been introduced in the USA. (See more)

DW Weekly #154 – 5 April 2024

The co-facilitators of the Global Digital Compact revealed its Zero Draft. | The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to reinstate crucial net neutrality rules. US President Joe Biden has urged Chinese President Xi Jinping to change the ownership of TikTok. China blasted tightened US chip export controls. The Belgian EU Council presidency unveiled a framework for online child protection law. (See more)