Just in time reporting initiatives

The global digital policy calendar is rich with conferences, public meetings, high-level meetings, and other discussions that shape the policy process.

The Digital Watch observatory has been reporting from digital policy discussions since 2015, with the aim of helping stakeholders follow the parallel debates, understand current and emerging issues, and explore the topics in more depth. The reporting initiatives also help bridge existing gaps in stakeholder participation, and overcome barriers created by policy silos. The observatory provides just-in-time reports from select major events (such as the Internet Governance Forum), and other regional or national events. A team of 50 expert curators and rapporteurs, data analysts, editors, and multimedia specialists is behind the Digital Watch reporting initiatives.

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Join DW researchers on their deep dive into policy priorities, discussion framing, and the overall rhetorics of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly’s (UNGA 77) high-level segment. In our just-in-time reporting from the 77th UNGA, you can find ‘who said what’ through the prism of each country’s digital priorities in AI, data, cybersecurity, online (See more)

EuroDIG 2022

The Geneva Internet Platform partnered with EuroDIG to deliver messages and reports from EuroDIG2022....

UNCTAD eCommerce week 2022

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in collaboration with eTrade for all and other partners will host its annual eCommerce Week. This event will take place in Geneva and online from 25 to 29 April 2022. The theme for the 2022 edition is ‘Data and Digitalization for Development.’ Data and cross-border data flows, and (See more)

Launch of the Datasphere Initiative

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network launched the Datasphere Initiative, a new network of stakeholders with the vision of building a collaboratively governed Datasphere. The initiative aims to responsibly unlock the value of data for all by fostering a holistic and agile approach to data governance. The launch took place on the occasion of a (See more)

UN OEWG 2021-2025 2nd substantive session

The UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) held its second substantive session this week (28 March–1 April). The group, which started its work in June 2021, still has not agreed on organisational matters. The disagreement concerns how stakeholders will participate in the OEWG. Therefore, member states did not  adopt the provisional programme of work, which made (See more)

49th Human Rights Council session

49th regular session of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will take place from 28 February to 1 April 2022, at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Human Rights Council holds three regular sessions a year, for a total of at least ten weeks. They take place in March (four weeks), June (three weeks) and September (See more)

UN OEWG 2021-2025 1st substantive session

The second UN Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on developments in the field of ICTs in the context of international security held its first substantive session 13–17 December. The OEWG is tasked with study of existing and potential threats to information security, and possible confidence-building measures and capacity building. It should also further develop rules, (See more)

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2021

The 2021 edition of the Internet Governance forum (IGF) will be hosted by the Government of Poland at the International Congress Center in Katowice from 6 to 10 December. The headline of this year’s Forum is Internet United – the Internet connecting all its users into one community, responsible for its shape and functioning. The five-day meeting (See more)

WTO Public Forum 2021

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Public Forum 2021 will take place between 28 September and 1 October virtually. Stakeholders from civil society, the private sector, academia, and governments continue to produce important analysis on the past, present, and future of the multilateral trading system. The 2021 Public Forum, entitled Trade Beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience, will look at (See more)