Trustworthy Data Spaces: A Dialogue Between North and South (WTO Public Forum 2022)

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Date: Thursday, 29th September, 15:45–17:00 CEST

Location: Room D, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva

Although data is non-rivalrous, data controllers have the capacity to restrict access to data for a myriad of reasons, such as protecting privacy, intellectual property, or to maintain a competitive edge.

At present, there are insufficient incentives for data to be shared by data controllers, and insufficient obligations for them to fulfil the social value of data.

This session will address data sharing and data flows from national and international perspectives. It aims to establish a bridge between proposals advanced by actors in the Global North and in the Global South, such as Switzerland’s proposal of trustworthy data spaces, Japan’s proposal of data free flows with trust and India’s notion of community data.

Participants will discuss how these different proposals could contribute to promoting a more equal distribution of benefits in the data economy and to shed light on current negotiations on data flows taking place at the WTO.

This event, which is part of the WTO’s Public Forum 2022, is being organised by Diplo, the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM), and the Geneva Internet Platform.

Moderator: Marilia Maciel (Head, Digital Commerce and Internet Policy, Diplo)

Panellists:

  • Andrin Eichin (Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM))
  • Torbjörn Fredriksson (Head, E-commerce and Digital Economy Branch, UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD))
  • Simon J. Evenett (Professor of International Trade and Economic Development, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland)
  • Parminder Jeet Singh (Executive Director, IT for Change)

For more information about the WTO Public Forum 2022, visit the official page.

ICT 4 Peace Foundation

[Webinar] Human-centered AI for dangerous mental health behaviors online

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Event date: 6 July 2022, 17:00–18:30 CEST

This AI for Good Discovery event will discuss the building of human- and community-centred AI tools to handle dangerous mental health behaviours online such as suicide crisis, self-injury, and disordered eating behaviours. Dr Stevie Chancellor will expound on the technicalities of such tools and the necessary lab settings.

For more information, and to register, please visit the official page.

[Webinar] Data Interoperability: The benefits for the Land Administration sector

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Event date: 24 June 2022, 10:00–12:00 CEST

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is hosting a webinar with experts from land administration and management to explore the opportunities and challenges of increasing data operability in this field. The session will shed light on the FAIR Data Principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable), and will feature case studies from the United Kingdom.

For more information, and to register, please visit the official page.

[Webinar] The digitalisation of education and its impact on the right to education

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Event date: 24 June 2022, 13:00–14:30 CEST

The Network for International Policies and Cooperation in Education and Training (NORRAG) and the UN special rapporteur on the right to education jointly organised an online side event for the 2022 Human Rights Council to launch the special rapporteur’s report on the digitalisation of education. The COVID-19 pandemic has boosted the digitalisation of education, which unleashed unprecedented impacts on the right to education, the education system, as well as nations and communities. A multidisciplinary panel will discuss the protection of children’s rights, forms of privatisation and their impact, the use of data and datafication, and ‘digital divides’ and diversity.

For more information, and to register, please visit the official page.

[Talk] Disinformation in Time of Crisis: How Should Governments and Civil Society React?

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Event date: 23 June 2022, 12:30–14:00 CEST

The Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) will host a discussion session for alumni and the general public to tackle questions that widespread disinformation campaigns have posed at governmental institutions and civil society groups.

For more information, and to register, please visit the official page.

[Talk] Cyber operations, armed conflicts, and international law

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Event date: 23 June 2022, 17:30–18:30 CEST

In this talk, researchers from the Geneva Academy will shed light on the different examples of cyber operations (e.g. Stuxnet, NotPetya, and SolarWinds) allegedly conducted or sponsored by states to explicate their geopolitical effects and challenges to international law. As the importance of ICT grows in the modern world, cyber operations have become an integral part of state and non-state actors’ strategies against other states and actors. Researchers will present their findings as part of the project on disruptive military technologies.

For more information, and to register, please visit the official page.

2022 Council of Delegates of the ICRC

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Event date: 22–23 June 2022

The 2022 Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (ICRC) will be held under the theme ‘A movement for purpose.’ Among the topics that will be discussed during the Council is the collection and safeguarding of humanitarian data. The Council aims to call on states and other actors to respect and protect impartial humanitarian organisations both online and offline and safeguard them from harmful cyber and information operations of any kind.

For more information, please visit the official page.