Questions around data, including big data, have come to the forefront of debates in various fields for many years now. While the business sector has already made tremendous progress in utilising the potential of data, other sectors, including international affairs, are still in the early stages of integrating the potential of new and larger forms of data in their daily work.

In Geneva, the main operational hub of the United Nations and the international system, data appears in two major realms. First, data is a tool used to develop better policies on health, trade, migration, and climate, to name just a few relevant areas. Second, data is a topic of diplomatic negotiations addressing privacy, security, digital trade, and other important issues. In addition, Geneva hosts numerous events and discussions focusing on data from the technological, economic, and policy perspectives.

To improve understanding on this quickly evolving issue, the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) is organising a series of activities and events focusing on how data is shaping our digital future. In 2017, these led up to the 2017 Internet Governance Forum (IGF), 18-21 December, the main global gathering of digital policy practitioners with the underlying theme for 2017 being ‘Shaping your digital future'. In 2018, the activities and events will continue.


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The Geneva Internet Platform is an initative of the Swiss authorities


Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM, DCAF, ETH-Zürich, and the University of Geneva

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