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College of Europe students discuss cybersecurity, digital challenges for Europe at Geneva Internet Platform

Discussing diplomacy and cyber politics in Geneva is just like studying fashion in Paris or music in Vienna: being where things happen, you simply step outside and are immersed in the policy dynamics. This is what 77 students from the College of Europe from 39 countries experienced recently during their visit to the Geneva Internet Platform.

Build a legacy for future generations, connect bridges: some suggestions for future action

The CONNECTing the Dots conference at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, on 3-4 March, concluded with the adoption of an outcome document, paving the way forward in each of the four main fields of digital policy (access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy, and the ethical dimensions of the information society). On the second day of the conference, we followed the session on Options for Future Action (break-out session 16), in which the panel tackled the question: What might be UNESCO’s role in relation to key stakeholders of the Internet ecosystem, including governments, technical community, private sector, intergovernmental organisations, civil society, and users, specifically with regards to issues concerning online access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy and ethical dimensions of information and knowledge societies? Read more...

Privacy issues discussed at CONNECTing the Dots

UNESCO’s CONNECTing the Dots conference continued yesterday afternoon with eight break-out sessions on access, privacy, freedom of expression and ethics. We followed the second break-out session on privacy (break-out session 7), in which the panellists discussed privacy aspects in relation to legal frameworks, education, and corporate responsibility. The session was moderated by Jochem de Groot, government affairs lead for the Benelux countries at Microsoft. Chris Kabwato, director at Highway Africa, acted as rapporteur. Continue reading...

High-level government perspectives at CONNECTing the Dots

UNESCO’s CONNECTing the Dots conference is currently under way in Paris (3-4 March). Its aim is to discuss the first draft of the UNESCO Internet Study, entitled Keystones to Foster Inclusive Knowledge Societies, which is aimed at examining current and emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities in four main fields of digital policy. On Day 1, Diplo followed the morning’s High-Level Governmental Dialogue, aimed at seeking visions from high-level governmental representatives on the question: What can UNESCO, as a specific intergovernmental organisation within the wider Internet ecology, do as regards the Internet, that will optimise the realisation of inclusive Knowledge Societies which foster a sustainable and human-rights based development worldwide? Read the report...

Keynote at the Mobile World Congress: Innovation for Inclusion

For those attendees who managed to get through the crazy traffic jams that turned the whole city upside down, another keynote session in Barcelona on emerging markets and innovation for inclusion took place this morning on Day 2 of the Mobile World Congress. The speakers included Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia; Ajay Banga, President and CEO of MasterCard; Simon Segars, CEO of ARM, a world-leading UK-based semiconductor IP company; Sanjay Kapoor, Chairman of Micromax Informatics, one of the leading consumer electronics company in India and the 10th largest mobile phone player in the world; Raja Teh Maimunah, MD and CEO of Hong Leong Islamic Bank, Berhad; and Mitchell Baker, Executive Chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organisation that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. Read more...

Ensuring user-centred privacy in a connected world

A business-dominated session at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (2-5 March) covered the issue of user-centred privacy. Since the introduction of the smartphone, many things have changed… But laws have not kept up with these changes. Can the law possibly  to meaningful consumer experiences? The session on privacy was moderated by Pat Walshe, director of privacy, government, and regulatory affairs for the GSMA. The speakers included Eduardo Ustaran, partner at Hogan Lovells International LLP, Brian Hernacki, the chief architect of the New Devices Group at Intel, Denelle Dixon-Thayer, SVP, Business and Legal Affairs at Mozilla, Dr. Claus Ulmer, group privacy officer at Deutsche Telekom, and Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer at F-Secure. Read the report...

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