Published on 31 January 2018, Issue 27 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter provides the latest digital policy updates which took place in January. The main highlights include:

Issue 27 - Geneva Digital Watch newsletter

  • An overview of the top digital policy trends in January, including Internet companies’ behaviour under scrutiny, governments exerting more pressure on companies to remove illegal content, new legal measures planned to tackle fake news, and taxation for the Internet companies coming into focus again.
  • A round-up of the main developments that shaped digital policy in 2017. Some digital policy issues – such as cybersecurity and digital rights – remained high on the global agenda, continuing trends from previous years. Other topics – such as fake news and artificial intelligence – increased in prominence.
  • An overview of top 10 digital policy predictions for 2018. Some of the main areas of development to watch for this year include data at the centre of digital politics, the search for new cybersecurity governance mechanisms, digital trade and the Internet economy, courts and active makers of digital rules, and artificial intelligence between philosophical considerations and practical applications.
  • A look at the recently concluded annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF), where world leaders reflected, among others, on the need to embrace technological progress in an inclusive and human-centric manner.
  • The January Internet Governance Barometer, which shows that security, the Internet economy, and net neutrality were among the most prominent issues this month.
  • A review of the main digital policy events that were held in International Geneva during the past month, such as the various working groups of the International Telecommunication Union and the CSTD Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation.


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

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