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The latest issue of the GIP Digital Watch newsletter covering May 2019 contains:

  • An overview of trends in May: the Huawei controversy rages on, the fight against violent extremism is in the spotlight, and facial recognition technology raises alarms
  • A review of the main digital policy developments in May which show that security; e-commerce and the Internet economy; digital rights; and, new technologies were prominent issues in May
  • An analysis of how the latest US Executive Order added new dimensions to the Huawei controversy
  • A feature on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics as a potential solution to the ageing world
  • A data analysis section on court cases relating to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) since it entered into force
  • The calendar of upcoming events in June

Access the May 2019 issue of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter by clicking on the link below.

The Geneva Digital Watch newsletter is a monthly newsletter, published by the Geneva Internet Platform/DiploFoundation, as part of the GIP Digital Watch initiative, which includes a round-up of developments for each month, interviews with prominent Internet governance experts, features and articles on various digital policy areas, and a just-for-fun section. The newsletter complements the GIP Digital Watch observatory and the monthly GIP briefings on Internet governance.

The newsletter was created by the GIP and DiploFoundation in 2015 with the aim of providing digital policy practitioners a regular round-up of global developments, and analysis on the most topical issues of the month. Updates on Geneva events and upcoming global events aim to help practitioners keep track of the events that are likely to have an impact on digital policy in one way or another. These aims are achieved by analysing and providing context to the large amount of developments that take place every month. The newsletter is in line with the GIP and Diplo's mission to build capacity among stakeholders, especially those who are unrepresented or have limited resources.

The newsletter is published every last day of the month. Subscribe below to receive notifications about new issues of the newsletter, and get in touch if you are interested in developing a regional version.

 

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Archive of issues

Issue 23, August 2017: An overview of the top trends in July and August included developments in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics picking up pace globally; extremist content remaining a cause of concern; countries banning Virtual Private Networks; and Uber suspended in more countries. Also included: an analysis of the debate about the right to be forgotten, as France asks the Court of Justice of the European Union for clarifications on the territorial scope of the right; a look at the Internet Court opened by China; an analysis of the implications of unprecedented growth of major Internet companies; a round-up of the main digital policy updates of July and August; and a review of the main digital policy events that were held in International Geneva during the past two months. The newsletter is also available in  FrenchSpanish, and Bahasa Indonesian. The Brazilian version in Portuguese, published in collaboration with the Centre for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, is also available.

Issue 24, September 2017: The top digital policy trends in September included proposals from European countries to change the rules regarding the taxation of Internet companies, continuous developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), increased governmental pressures on technology companies to remove extremist content, bans on Initial Coin Offerings in China, and new bans on Uber services. Also in this issue: an analysis of new tax rules proposals made by European countries, which would see Internet companies taxed on their turnover (as opposed to profit), and where they generate revenues (as opposed to where they are registered); an overview of the main digital policy issues brought up by UN member states during the annual debate marking the start of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly; a round-up of the main digital policy updates of September; and a review of the main digital policy events held in International Geneva during the past month. The September issue of the Geneva Digital Watch is also available in FrenchSpanish, and Bahasa Indonesian. Download your copy!

Issue 25, October 2017: An overview of the top digital policy trends in October included courts revisiting privacy-related issues, governments increasingly focusing on artificial intelligence and considering the legal status of robots, and new indications that automation will affect jobs and employment. Also included: a look at the EU General Data Protection Regulation and the integration of human rights into business practices; an overview of some of the positions of World Trade Organization member states on whether the WTO should negotiate new e-commerce rules; a list of five steps to help Internet governance stakeholders get ready for the 12h IGF meeting; a round-up of the main digital policy updates of October; and a review of the main digital policy events that were held in International Geneva during the past month. The October issue of the Geneva Digital Watch is now available in SpanishFrench, and Bahasa Indonesian. Download your copy!

Issue 26, November 2017: The top digital policy trends in November included the ongoing search for cyber-norms at international level, new data breaches and cyber vulnerabilities raising questions about disclosure obligations, and courts continuing to shape the applicability of digital policies across different jurisdictions, and rifts appearing in e-commerce negotiations ahead of the 11th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization. Also included: an analysis of the possible roll back of the US net neutrality rules; an overview of the main issue raised during the debates of the Group of Governmental Experts on lethal autonomous weapons systems; a round-up of the main digital policy updates of November; and a review of the main digital policy events held in International Geneva during the past month. The November issue of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter is now available in FrenchSpanish, and Bahasa Indonesian. Download your copy!

Issue 30, April 2018: The main digital policy trends in April included increasing scrutiny for the tech industry, a Cybersecurity Tech Accord, and a busy month for e-commerce. Also in this issue: a round-up of the discussions held at the UNCTAD E-Commerce Week, where participants explored opportunities and challenges of the evolving digital economy; a summary of the main issues addressed by the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), at its recent meeting; a look at how advancements in the field of digital health carry implications for digital policy; the Internet Governance Barometer for April; and a review of the main digital-policy-related events that were held in International Geneva during the past month. The April issue of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter is now available in FrenchGermanPortuguese, and Bahasa Indonesian.

Issue 29, March 2018: An overview of the top digital policy trends in March included increasing scrutiny on Facebook and other Internet companies, taxation in the digital economy continuing to be in focus, and autonomous car accident amplifying concerns over safety and security issues. Also included: an analysis of the Cambridge Analytica case and the digital policy implications of its Facebook data modeling practices; an overview of the discussions held at this year’s WSIS Forum on the role of new technologies in achieving sustainable development; the Internet Governance Barometer for March, which shows the Internet economy, digital rights, legal issues, and new technologies being the most prominent issues this month; and a review of the main digital-policy-related events that were held in International Geneva during the past month, including the UN Human Rights Council, the Big Data conference, the IGF Open Consultations. The March issue of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter is also available in FrenchGermanPortuguese, and Bahasa Indonesian.