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 #103 – 20 March 2023

Amid all the excitement over the release of GPT-4 (our highlight in today’s digest), the major actors in digital policy seemed to be very focused on their geopolitical priorities and their quest for digital supremacy. In other news, TikTok has been banned in more regions, while the inventor of AI machine DABUS continues his legal fight in courts across the world. (See more)

DW Weekly #102 – 13 March 2023

We start the week with news that the Silicon Valley Bank, a major lender to Big Tech companies, has collapsed. Meanwhile, much of the debate during last week’s fourth substantive session of the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) highlighted existing divergences between countries advocating for an international treaty, others in favour of implementing existing norms of state behaviours, and yet others somewhere in between. (See more)

DW Weekly #101 – 6 March 2023

This week, we dive into the White House’s new cybersecurity strategy, which marks a fundamental shift away from a decades-long environment in support of self-regulation. In other news, the European Commission has halved its antitrust investigation on Apple’s marketplace practices, whereas China and India announce new plans for development and non-personal data. (See more)

DW Weekly #100 – 27 February 2023

Two major debates are brewing: the sender-pays argument, which would see Big Tech contribute to infrastructure costs in Europe, and the extent to which Section 230 protects social media platforms from liability over algorithms. (See more)

DW Weekly #99 – 20 February 2023

Munich had the world’s attention this weekend as leaders from around the globe gathered for a security summit to wrap up an action-packed week for cybersecurity. In other news, the private sector is focusing more on the latest generative AI frenzy than on the metaverse and cryptocurrencies. (See more)

DW Weekly #98 – 13 February 2023

The devastation that last week’s deadly earthquake left in Turkey and Syria could be witnessed in real-time, as eyewitnesses captured the scenes and shared them on social media. Once more, social media played a significant role in rescue efforts and disaster relief.  In other news, the ChatGPT frenzy is picking up fast, while Big Tech companies get called out for various reasons. Let’s get started. (See more)

DW Weekly #97 – 6 February 2023

The main highlights were: lawmakers kickstarting negotiations on platform workers; online companies gearing up for the EU’s new Digital Services Act; investigations around market dominance, and more tech lay-offs. Plus, a ransomware attack during the weekend, the extent of which is still unknown. (See more)

DW Weekly #96 – 30 January 2023

Last week was marked by a spike in criminal investigations, a major anticompetition lawsuit and Trump’s return to Facebook and Instagram after his two-year ban was lifted. Plus, it’s a busy time for legislators who are negotiating new rules, especially on AI and data. (See more)

DW Weekly #95 – 23 January 2023

We bring updates from last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos and the fourth Ad Hoc Committee meeting in Vienna, which ran 9–20 January. In other updates, Ukraine called for a Cyber United Nations; Microsoft and Google employees were in for shocking layout announcements; and an AI training software landed in a UK court. (See more)

DW Weekly #94 – 16 January 2023

After a gap of a few months, we’ve restarted our weekly newsletter to bring you the latest in digital policy from around the world, plus a new week-ahead section. We’re glad to be back – every Monday, this time around. Our digital policy round-up from last week includes the growing debate (mostly in Europe) on whether Big Tech should contribute to telecoms infrastructure costs and the start of the fourth round of cybersecurity convention... (See more)