The GIP Digital Watch observatory, an initiative of the Geneva Internet Platform (operated by DiploFoundation) in partnership with the Internet Society, is a comprehensive Internet governance and digital policy observatory. The platform – at digitalwatch.giplatform.org – provides a neutral one-stop shop for the latest developments, overviews and explanatory texts, events, resources, and other content related to Internet governance and digital policy. It draws from the strengths of its partners’ assets: the resources DiploFoundation has developed over the last 15 years, the Geneva Internet Platform's international reach, and the Internet Society’s network of Chapters that will help shape localised content.
At present, the observatory features 43 digital policy areas, classified under the following seven broad clusters: Infrastructure and Standardisation, Security, Human Rights, Legal, Economic, Development, and Socio-cultural. Although this categorisation was needed for the purposes of classifying the policy areas into broad areas, many of the digital policy areas interact with other areas in different clusters.
This taxonomy was first developed in 1997 by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, and then introduced in the book An Introduction to Internet Governance (now in its sixth edition). It was later adopted in DiploFoundation's Internet governance courses. The taxonomy is under regular development to account for emerging trends and new developments in this vibrant process. Today, the same taxonomy has been adopted in the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development's report on Mapping of international Internet public policy issues, and in the GIPO initiative sponsored by the European Commission.
The observatory forms part of the GIP Digital Watch initiative, run by the Geneva Internet Platform and operated by DiploFoundation, which provides a solution for practitioners of Internet governance and digital policy who need to acquire information and become informed stakeholders on issues they care about. The online observatory complements two other pillars forming part of GIP Digital Watch:
GIP Digital Watch co-operates with other observatories, including GIPO. We are proud that GIPO has adopted DiploFoundation's taxonomy of Internet governance issues.
Concept and Management: Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform | Dr Tereza Horejsova, Director Project Development at DiploFoundation, and Coordinator of the Geneva Internet Platform.
Editor: Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila, Director Digital Policy at DiploFoundation
Curators: Mr Radek Bejdak | Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila | Dr Katharina Hoene | Dr Tereza Horejsova | Dr Jovan Kurbalija | Mr Arvin Kamberi | Ms Marilia Maciel | Ms Aida Mahmutovic | Ms Adriana Minovic | Ms Virginia Paque | Ms Roxana Radu | Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson | Ms Sorina Teleanu | Mr Vladimir Radunovic
CreativeLab and Technical Team: Ms Jelena Jakovljevic | Mr Arvin Kamberi | Mr Nikola Krstic | Ms Darija Medic | Ms Mina Mudric
Press info: Download the GIP Digital Watch observatory flyer.
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