[Update] The October issue of the Geneva Digital Watch is now available in Spanish and French. Download your copy!

Published on 31 October, Issue 25 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter provides the latest digital policy updates which took place in September. The main highlights include:

Issue 24 - Geneva Digital Watch newsletter

  • An overview of the top digital policy trends in October, including courts revisiting privacy-related issues, governments increasingly focusing on artificial intelligence and considering the legal status of robots, and new indications that automation will affect jobs and employment.
  • A look at the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the integration of human rights into business practices. While the intersection between business and human rights is not a new concept, the GDPR stands out as one of the first instruments that provide a concrete answer on how to practically incorporate human rights – in this case the right to privacy and data protection – into business’ operations.
  • An overview of some of the positions of World Trade Organization (WTO) member states on whether the WTO should negotiate new e-commerce rules. While some states are lobbying for such negotiations, other argue that existing mechanisms are sufficient, and yet others are proposing compromises.
  • A list of five steps to help Internet governance stakeholders get ready for the 12h Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting, to be held on 18–21 December in Geneva.
  • A round-up of the main digital policy updates of October, with security, e-commerce, new technologies, and legal issues being prominent this month; and a review of the main digital policy events that were held in International Geneva during the past month.



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

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