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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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)

EuroDIG 2021 and EuroDIG Extra

EuroDIG 2021 will take place as a fully online meeting from 28 – 30 June 2021. The 14th edition will be hosted by the International Centre of Theoretical Physics, the International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA), the University of Trieste and the Minister for Technological Innovation and Digital Transition. The overarching theme in 2021 is (See more)

WSIS Forum 2021 Final Week

The 2021 edition of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum final week will be held online from 17 to 21 May. WSIS represents the world’s largest annual gathering of the ICT for development community and is co-organized by International Telecommunications Union, UNESCO, UNDP, and UNCTAD. It will include a series of thematic/country (See more)

24th Session of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development

The United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD) 24th meeting will take place virtually between 17 and 21 May 2021. CSTD serves as the United Nations focal point for science, technology and innovation (STI) for development and is an enabler in achieving the 2030 Agenda. The Forum focuses on strategic planning, sharing (See more)

STI Forum 2021

The 6th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals (STI Forum) will take place online on 4 and 5 May 2021. This year’s theme is Science, technology and innovation for a sustainable and resilient COVID-19 recovery, and effective pathways of inclusive action towards the Sustainable Development Goals. As part of (See more)

OEWG third substantive session

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) will hold its third and final substantive session between 8-12 March 2021. In preparation for the session, informal meetings to discuss the Zero draft will be taking place in February. The OEWG was established by the UN General Assembly in December 2018 (A/RES/73/27). The OEWG is tasked to continue to develop (See more)

Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2020

The IGF 2020 Final Report was prepared by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) and DiploFoundation, with the support of the Internet Society.   >> The IGF 2020 FINAL Report is out! Read our final IGF 2020 report, a thematic summary of all the Phase II (9–17 Nov) discussions. >> Mid-IGF 2020 report  Read our mid-IGF (See more)