The GIP Digital Watch Observatory features more than thousand resources related to over 50 digital policy and Internet governance issues. Resources include: convention and laws; policy instruments; books and publications; academic papers; conference proceedings; studies and reports; articles, editorials, and interviews; multimedia; toolkits, useful links, and other resources. You can also explore instruments through a dedicated interactive map.

UNESCO Guidance for regulating digital platforms: a multistakeholder approach 

Regulations and Policies

19 Dec 2022

Draft 1.1   December 2022 Source: UNESCO Disclaimer: This document presents the overall UNESCO initiative and an initial draft proposal  of the guidance document for regulating digital platforms. A further developed draft of this  document will be circulated by the end of January 2023 ahead of the Global Conference  Internet for Trust, which will provide a (See more)

Ireland Consumer Rights Act 2022

Regulations and Policies

29 Nov 2022

On 29 November 2022, Ireland’s Consumer Rights Act 2022 (CRA) came into force. The act enhances and modernises consumer protection laws, extending them to digital goods and services and strengthening consumer rights and remedies.

Sci-Tech Empowering Rural Transformation 2022 Report: Digital Technology Empowers Agricultural Value Chain Development

Policy Reports

25 Nov 2022

The Sci-Tech Empowering Rural Transformation 2022 Report: Digital Technology Empowers Agricultural Value Chain Development, released at the 2022 International Forum on Digital Technology Empowering Rural Transformation, was prepared by the China Internet Information Center (CIIC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Representation in China, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) (See more)

A Vision for Quantum Technologies in the UK

Policy Reports

10 Nov 2022

The UK’s Institute of Physics (IOP) published this report in support of a UK quantum strategy. The report gives 10 recommendations on how to ensure UK quantum sector growth. The recommendations revolve around the elaboration of roadmaps for the commercialisation of quantum goods and services; the development of a supporting ecosystem and the capacity for scale; (See more)

Action Plan for the Integration and Development of Virtual Reality and Industrial Applications (2022-2026)

Strategies and Action Plans

28 Oct 2022

The Chinese government has published an Action Plan for developing the virtual reality (VR) sector and integrating VR with industrial applications. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the National Radio and Television Administration, and the General Administration of Sports of the People’s Republic of (See more)

Data Ethics & Governance: Towards UK Net Zero 2050

Policy Reports

23 Oct 2022

Graduate students from the University College London’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, along with the UK Government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, conducted a project to investigate the ethical dilemmas of opening up data to achieve the UK’s Net Zero targets. The final work is reflected in the report ‘Data Ethics (See more)

Post-Quantum Cryptography: Anticipating Threats and Preparing the Future

Policy Reports

19 Oct 2022

This report published by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) discusses quantum-resistant cryptographic algorithms and proposes to design new cryptographic protocols as well as to integrate post-quantum systems into current protocols.

Dubai Metaverse Strategy

Strategies and Action Plans

10 Oct 2022

The Dubai Metaverse Strategy goal is to turn Dubai into one of the world’s top 10 metaverse economies and a global hub for the metaverse community. The strategy also aims to develop global standards in building safe and secure platforms for users and develop metaverse infrastructure and regulations to accelerate the adoption of these technologies. (See more)

The UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court Guide

Manuals and Handbooks

1 Oct 2022

The UK Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, which handles cases relating to intellectual property disputes, has issued a detailed guide for businesses, lawyers, and attorneys on how to bring a case to the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. The guide covers how the court’s processes function and offers recommendations where necessary, including how to: start a claim (See more)

Declaration on Building a Better Digital Future for All

Resolutions and Declarations

25 Sep 2022

The Bucharest Declaration on Building a Better Digital Future for All was issued at the conclusion of a ministerial roundtable hosted by the Romanian Ministry of Research, Innovation and Digitalisation ahead of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Plenipotentiary Conference taking place in Bucharest between 26 September and 14 October 2022. The declaration, endorsed by ministers (See more)