What makes one set of words more convincing than another, and how can language best be put to work in the service of diplomacy, international relations, business, and all other aspects of contemporary life? How do digital communication channels affect communication and diplomacy? Where and how do misunderstandings arise?
Microsoft’s proposal for a Geneva Digital Convention, the rise of fake news, and discussions on the social implications of technological advances were among the main digital policy developments in the month of February.
Is standardisation a key to unlocking the 17 Sustainable Development goals adopted in the framework of the 2030 Agenda? How can the goals be translated into actions? How can standards be developed and used to attain the goals?
With the increasing use of the Internet in everyday life and especially in global business, traditional crimes such as fraud, identity theft, and buying illegal goods are now being conducted through the Internet as well. Black markets on the ‘dark web’, cyber-weapons, malware, and exploits are proliferating.
Although the first month of the year was uncharacteristically quiet in terms of digital developments, all eyes were on the US President Trump’s first days in the office and the impact of his executive orders on global digital policy. At the same time, the cyber-saga between the USA and Russia continued. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) started preparations for its 12th annual meeting.