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Reflections on 2015 and predictions for 2016

Digital politics are quite predictable. We know this from experience: six years of making annual predictions of policy developments in the digital field. With the exception of the Snowden revelations in 2013, most other digital policy developments were easy to predict as part of longer policy trends.

For example, WSIS+10 reconfirmed a ‘...

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The CONNECTing the Dots conference at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris, on 3-4 March, concluded with the adoption of an outcome document, paving the way forward in each of the four main fields of digital policy (access to information and knowledge, freedom of expression, privacy, and the ethical dimensions of the information society).

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UNESCO’s CONNECTing the Dots conference continued yesterday afternoon with eight break-out sessions on access, privacy, freedom of expression and ethics.

We followed the second break-out session on privacy (break-out session 7), in which the panellists discussed privacy aspects in relation to legal frameworks, education, and corporate responsibility.

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[Update] The Rapporteur's summary of the panel discussion, including the speakers' complete interventions, is available.

UNESCO’s CONNECTing the Dots conference is currently under way in Paris (3-4 March). Its aim is to discuss the first draft of the UNESCO Internet Study, entitled...

[Update] Read the conference's outcome document, adopted during the final plenary session
[Update] Report from Day 2: Build a legacy for future generations, connect bridges - some suggestions for future action made during the Options for Future Action...

Though not as eventful and as dynamic as January, a few major events in February increased the pressure on policy areas like net neutrality, cybersecurity, and the IANA stewardship transition, as February’s IG barometer showed.

A useful tool to track the presence of specific issues in the public policy debate in comparison to the previous month, the barometer also revealed periods of low pressure for online privacy and data protection, updates to the global IG architecture, and jurisdiction issues.

February’s focus on cybersecurity and the IANA...

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