[Briefing #86] Africa at the forefront | AI sentience & social challenges

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It’s been all over the news, but the discussion goes beyond whether Google’s artificial intelligence ‘LaMDA’ has actually become sentient: from risks of bias and abuse, to various policy responses towards algorithms and AI.

What are the risks and how should we prepare for them beyond the hype?

Africa is becoming more prominent in global digital policy: the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) 2022 was held in Rwanda; this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF) will be held in Ethiopia; and many more developments.

What is Africa’s role in global digital policy developments?

Join us to discuss these topics and other June digital policy highlights on Tuesday, 28th June at 12:00-13:00 UTC (14:00-15:00 CEST)!

[Briefing #85] Content policy & policing | Crypto in danger

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While Elon Musk continued mulling over his Twitter acquisition, online platforms struggled to contain Buffalo shooting content and content policy was once again a top issue. Sharing the headlines this month is crypto suffering a major crash.

Join us on Tuesday, 31st May at 12:00-13:00 UTC (14:00-15:00 CEST), as we discuss more about content policy and policing, and crypto:

  • EU Digital Services Act (DSA)
    The DSA aims to modernise the EU’s directive on e-commerce and the regulation of access to illegal content of products. What will this mean for end users, big tech, and everyone in between?
  • Online platforms struggle to contain Buffalo shooting content
    Following the Christchurch shooting in 2019, there have been efforts to stop the spread of terrorist and violent extremist content online. Yet content from the Buffalo shooting spread like wildfire from platform to platform, and some platforms took hours to actually bring it down. Are online platforms doing enough, or does the solution lie elsewhere?
  • Elon Musk and the spambot controversy
    Musk had promised to buy Twitter for $44 billion, but has now raised issues on the number of spambots on the platform. What does this mean for this acquisition, and how does this all add up in the context of content policy?
  • Crypto in danger
    This month billions of dollars were lost in the crash of cryptocurrency prices. Will crypto bounce back? What are the digital policy lessons we can learn from this?



[Briefing #81] Internet governance in January 2022

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As is now tradition, our first briefing of the year will focus on predictions for the year ahead of us. What lies in store for 2022? What are the top trends to keep an eye on?

Catch up on the major internet governance and digital policy updates and join our experts as they analyse the existing and emerging policy trends, on Tuesday, 25th January, at 13.00 UTC (14.00 CET).

Register and join the Digital Watch Internet Governance Briefing on Zoom for an interactive experience or watch our live streams on YouTube and Facebook on the last Tuesday of each month.

For the latest developments in digital policy, we encourage you to visit the updates page on our observatory, and register for the Digital Watch weekly newsletter which is sent by email every Friday.

The monthly Digital Watch Internet Governance Briefing is organised by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP)’s Digital Watch Observatory, a Diplo initiative.

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