Every month the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) navigates International Geneva through a specific lens: that of a given digital policy issue. Each month we connect the dots on the many initiatives, organisations and processes that are active on that specific issue.
This month, we will focus on data. The Data Tour will bring us back to CERN, one of the world’s largest data processing setups which stores more than 30 petabytes of data every year, generated by the particle collider Large Hadron Collider.
The next stop is the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) which coordinates one of the most complex data networks in the world across its 192 member states and territories.
Data is becoming central to the work of the World Health Organization (WHO). The collection and protection of health data require new rules and policies. Health data is the basis for the development of a growing number of AI tools in the health field.
24 June 2021
Amb. Jean-Pierre Reymond, Head of Office of Innovation and Partnerships, Permanent Mission of Switzerland in Geneva
Craig Burgess, Development Cooperation Specialist, World Health Organization (WHO)
David Jensen, Coordinator of the UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
CERN representative (name to be released soon)
Moderator: Prof Jovan Kurbalija, Director of Diplo and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP)
Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the Executive Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). He was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (2004‒2005), special advisor to the Chairman of the UN Internet Governance Forum (2006‒2010), and a member of the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NETmundial (2013‒2014). In 2018-2019, he served as co-Executive Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations (UN) High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.
A former diplomat, Jovan has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy since 1992 when he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta, and later, DiploFoundation.
Since 1997, Jovan’s research and articles on cyber diplomacy have shaped research and policy discussion on the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations. His book, An Introduction to Internet Governance, has been translated into 9 languages and is used as a textbook for academic courses worldwide. He lectures on e-diplomacy and Internet governance in academic and training institutions in many countries, including Austria (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna), Belgium (College of Europe), Switzerland (University of St Gallen), Malta (University of Malta), and the United States (University of Southern California).