Published on 28 February 2017, Issue 18 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter provides the latest digital policy updates which took place in February. The main highlights include: 

  • An analysis of the top trends in February, including the ICT industry’s evolution in diplomatic efforts; the rise of fake news; the on-going discussions on minimising the social costs of technological advancements; and the use of search warrants for data stored overseas.
  • An overview of what is behind the media frenzy surrounding the issue of fake news. As discussions about fake news continue to dominate the public debate and raise concerns among users, governments, and Internet companies, we outline the main implications and spillover effects.
  • An analysis of Microsoft’s recent proposal for a Digital Geneva Convention, which ‘should commit governments to avoiding cyberattacks that target the private sector or critical infrastructure or the use of hacking to steal intellectual property’. We look at what such a convention should address, and how it could be implemented.
  • A round-up of the main digital policy updates of the month, a summary of main events that were held in International Geneva, and a timeline of main developments that took place in February in the history of the Internet and Internet governance. 

The Brazilian version of Issue 17, in collaboration with the Centre for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, will be available soon.

Issues: Infrastructure and standardisation, Security, Human rights, Legal, Economic, Development, Sociocultural

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Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM and the Canton of Geneva

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