The Digital Watch observatory rebooted

Quantum computing. Source: Digital Watch observatory.

Issues surrounding internet governance are as complex and fast-moving as they are widespread. A new and updated service by the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) hopes to address that by offering a one-stop-shop for everything related to digital policy.

GIP, an initiative led by the Swiss authorities and operated by DiploFoundation, has launched a new version of the Digital Watch observatory (DW), an online tool targeting practitioners and diplomats working in the field. 

With access to resources and the latest developments in internet governance, it also aims to reinforce international cooperation with Geneva as a central focus point. 

An observatory, why? Its purpose is to deliver the latest research and policy updates in an easy-to-understand and bite-sized way. Although it is designed for practitioners, anyone interested in digital policy can benefit from the resources, the DiploFoundation explains:

“Say you want to know more about online freedom of expression, or cybercrime, or any of the 50+ topics - DW will provide you with an introduction to the topic, the latest developments in the field, all the actors involved, and all the upcoming events related to the topics you follow. Additional resources will allow you to go deeper into the subject by reviewing treaties, legal instruments, and other resources.”

The taxonomy, developed over 20 years ago by GIP head Professor Jovan Kurbalija, includes over 50 topics classified under seven clusters or baskets (infrastructure, cybersecurity, human rights, legal and regulatory issues, economic issues, development, and sociocultural issues). It covers privacy, data protection, cybersecurity, fake news, e-commerce, sustainable development, AI, and more. It is regularly updated to reflect the current developments in the field and tracks ongoing policy mechanisms, such as UN GGE and OEWG on cybersecurity.

Version 2.0. The engine has been simplified to be more user-friendly. Expert input is now combined with AI-powered analysis. A speech generator and data engine will also be launched in the weeks to come. The features still rely on principles of neutrality, objectivity, and editorial independence, giving global and regional perspectives accessible to anyone. Finding information will be easier, the DiploFoundation said:

“Once you know about the observatory, you will find that you can rely on it and trust it for breadth, depth, immediacy, and resourcefulness.”

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