Published on 31 March 2017,  Issue 19 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter provides the latest digital policy updates which took place in March. The main highlights include: Issue 19 - Geneva Digital Watch newsletter

  • An analysis of the top trends in March, including China’s International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace, the Wikileaks revelations about the US Central Intelligence Agency’s hacking arsenal, the proposal - by the UN Special Rapporteur on privacy - for a surveillance treaty, the EU authorities’ request for changes in the social media companies’ terms of use, and ICANN’s 58th meeting focus on domain-name-related policy development.
  • An overview of two key documents which featured on the agenda of the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council: the second report of the UN Special Rapporteur, which focused on governmental surveillance activities, and the Resolution on the right to privacy in the digital age, which calls on states to ensure that their interference with the right to privacy is consistent with principles of legality, necessity, and proportionality.
  • An analysis of the main legal and regulatory issues surrounding the development of the sharing economy, with a focus on Uber and the various court cases and rulings that the company has been facing in different jurisdictions around the world.
  • An introduction to Digital Geneva 2017, the Geneva Internet Platform’s latest initiative, which looks at how data is shaping our future, and how Geneva-based organisations are using data in their activities.
  • A round-up of the main digital policy updates of the month (with cybersecurity, digital rights, and net neutrality being among the prominent issues), and a summary of main events that were held in International Geneva.

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

The Geneva Internet Platform is an initiative of the Swiss authorities


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

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