lighting, Diplomacy

ISOC – GIP Digital Watch Webinar

09 February 2016 -

Geneva and Online

Event description

Digital policy and technological challenges in 2016 
What to expect?

Tuesday 9 February 2016, 13.00 CET

Organised by:

Geneva Internet Platform
Internet Society

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2015 has been a busy year in the digital policy arena. At a global level, the review of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society, the adoption of the Agenda for Sustainable Development and the intensive debates on the Internet Assigned Number Authority (IANA) stewardship transition were some of the major topics. At national level, access, cybersecurity and digital human rights were among the most debated issues. We have also seen throughout the year technological developments in areas such as the Internet of things, big data and cloud computing.

What will 2016 look like? What can we expect in terms of digital policy and technological evolutions for this year? And what will be the related challenges? Join us for a discussion on these and related issues, on Tuesday, 9 February.


  • Overview of 2015

    • What did the year look like on the digital policy arena?

    • Did technological evolutions influence digital policy? How?

  • Major technological developments in 2016 – what can we expect?

  • Policy challenges for 2016: old or new?

    • connecting the unconnected

    • ensuring a balance between security and human rights online

    • what else?


Views from the technical and academic community will be provided by:

  • Sally Wentworth, Vice President of Global Policy Development, Internet Society

  • Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform

  • Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer, Internet Society (tentative)


The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 9 February, at 13.00 CET (12:00 UTC), online and in situ at 7 bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva (WMO building, 2nd floor).

The registration is now over.