The Annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos will convene leaders from business, academia, government, international organisations and civil society to build a'more coherent and sustainable world'. On January 21 the Swiss House will be ...
 21 Jan 2020

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Ms. Lee Tuthill, a senior staff member, has worked at the WTO since 1990. She is responsible for the complementary and interlinked topics of telecommunications, ICT and ICT-enabled services, electronic commerce and mode 1 (cross border supply). In th...

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Staff talks will explore what role data localisation is playing for small businesses in developing countries related to trade. What are the challenges? What does the future hold in store? The discussion will evolve around the unintended consequences ...
 24 May 2019

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UNCTAD eCommerce Week took place from 1-5 April in Geneva, focusing on the theme ‘From Digitalization to Development’. Discussions emphasised the need to break down silos among different groups of actors and to foster collaboration in order for e-com...
 16 Apr 2019

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Low and middle income countries are rolling out sophisticated digital identification systems. Will they be a panacea for social and economic inclusion, or are they another way to control people’s personal information? For generations, peopl...
 21 Jan 2019

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3 January 2019 marks the ten year anniversary of the first blockchain block created. On this day back in 2009 the first block, called the ‘Genesis block’, was mined in the bitcoin blockchain by anonymous online entity, Satoshi Nakamoto, presenting ...
 11 Jan 2019

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Issues related to the digital economy have gained prominance in the last few years. The volume of e-commerce is soaring, and the impact of cross-border data flows on gross domestic product (GDP) growth is now larger than the impact of the traditional...
 27 Jun 2018

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This publication presents the thematic approach, methodology, achievements and lessons learned from a capacity development initiative on e-commerce jointly offered in 2017/2018 by DiploFoundation, CUTS International Geneva, the International Trade Centre (ITC), the Geneva Internet Platform(GIP), and delivered with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

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 Marilia Maciel, Roxana Radu, Hannah Slavik , 2018
 
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Technology has significantly transformed the world’s economy. The ability to obtain instantaneous data flows worldwide, and the digitisation of information have enabled new business models and transformed the composition of trade. The impact of cross...

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UNCTAD E-commerce Week 2018 just-in-time reporting TheGIP Digital Watchobservatory is providing just-in-time session reports from most sessions and from the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on E-commerce and the Digital Economy. Sess...
 16 Apr 2018

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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 ...

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Brazilian-born Ms Marília Maciel is currently based in Strasbourg, France. She is involved in several Internet- governance-related projects, notably on the fields of digital economy, e-commerce, and cybersecurity. She also curates the topics of e-com...

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Ms Jimena Sotelo has over 8 years of experience in international trade in the private sector and in international organizations. She has worked for the think tank ICTSD in Geneva and for the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington DC. She...

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Ms Marie Sicat is Coordinator of theICT Policy Review (ICTPR) Programmeand an Associate Economic Affairs Officer at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. The ICTPR Programme provides technical assistance, po...

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Mr Quan Zhao is trade policy advisor in the Office of the Chief Economist, International Trade Centre (ITC). His main portfolio at the ITC includes policy research and project management in the areas of trade in services, e-commerce, digital economy ...

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MrJulien Grollier is a Programme Officer at CUTS International, Geneva, an NGO catalysing the pro-trade, pro-equity voices of the Global South in trade and development debates in Geneva. Responsible for advocacy and networking, he coordinated a...

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Rashid S. Kaukab is Executive Director, CUTS International Geneva, Switzerland. One of his key responsibilities is to develop, implement and evaluate technical assistance and capacity building projects and programmes for developing and least-develope...

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Dr Marion Jansen is the Chief Economist of the International Trade Centre (ITC) and in this position responsible for the ITC’s flagship publicationSME Competitiveness Outlook. She previously held senior positions in the World Trade Organization...

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The third and last day at the WTO Public Forum reiterated a message from the previous two days: e-commerce can serve as a tool for development, which presents both opportunities and challenges for developing countries. In addition, it brought into fo...
 29 Sep 2017

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The second day at the WTO Public Forum brought into focus multiple digital policy issues. E-commerce was discussed from multiple angles: as a gate to international trade, a tool for development, a challenge, and an opportunity for developing countrie...
 28 Sep 2017

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‘Trade: Behind the headlines’ is the theme of this year’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum. Taking place this week in Geneva, it is bringing together policy makers, civil society and business representatives, and researchers, to discuss th...
 27 Sep 2017

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WTO Public Forum 2017 just-in-time reporting Simultaneous events are a challenge to follow. TheGIP Digital Watchobservatory is providing just-in-time session reports from many sessions, available within a few hours from each session. R...
 26 Sep 2017

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The combined quarterly revenue of a handful of Internet companies is staggering. As the recent financial results have shown, the $142 billion figure is a 12-fold increase over the companies’ revenue 10 years ago. /** * Finds th...
 31 Aug 2017

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DiploFoundation has become a member of the eTrade for All initiative, launched during the 2017 UNCTAD E-commerce Week. The initiative aims to expand the positive impact of e-commerce on development. It provides a hub for actors to find information, o...
 25 Aug 2017

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Download the Press Release in PDF format Geneva, Switzerland, 9 June, 2017: Graduates of the Just-in-Time Course on Digital Commerce were in for something innovative as they attended their graduation ceremony on 7 June, at the WMO Buildi...
 9 Jun 2017

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The great debate about the regulatory regime applicable to the sharing economy business model, has finally reached the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The debate was triggered back in 2015 when a Spanish judge asked the court to rule o...
 23 May 2017

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This course aims to assist permanent missions and international organisations in Geneva to increase their knowledge and capacity to engage in digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commer...

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By the year 2030, the United Nations hopes to realise their 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are concrete objectives that are simple to understand albeit challenging to achieve. The eighth SDG is about promoting “Decent Work and Economi...
 28 Nov 2016

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Exactly a year ago on November 11th, the Singles’ Day- an entertaining festival widespread among young Chinese people, to celebrate the fact that they are proud of being single -Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant made $14.3 billion, largely throug...
 11 Nov 2016

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Co-authored with Marília Maciel Over the past decade, the impressive growth in Internet traffic has meant the increasing mobility of data, services, and wealth, connecting more than 3 billion potential customers and producers, while triggering the...
 14 Oct 2016

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The 2016 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum is around the corner. Held under the theme 'Inclusive Trade', the forum will discuss how new technologies have transformed commerce and have given a boost to trade growth. E-commerce will be o...
 22 Sep 2016

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Internet governance (IG) may be more important to you than you realise. Have you been reading and worrying about cybersecurity threats? Does online surveillance concern you and your colleagues? These are important IG issues. Learning more about IG...

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E-diplomacy walks the line between continuity and change in our digital era. Diplomatic activities are increasingly supported by Internet and digital tools, and other information and communications technologies (ICTs). Diplomats rely on the Intern...
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Economic diplomacy deals with the nexus between power and wealth in international affairs. Economic diplomacy not only promotes the state’s prosperity but also, as occasion demands and opportunity permits, manipulates its foreign commercial and fina...

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Today’s headlines often feature the word ‘cyber’, reporting on threats related to the virtual world: online child abuse, stolen credit cards and virtual identities, malware and viruses, botnets and denial-of-service attacks on corporate or government...

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This research focuses on data protection regulations in Paraguay in order to analyse whether it contains provisions regulating the computerised processing of personal data and transborder data flows.

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 Natalia Enciso Benítez , 2011
 
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This study examines the advantages and possibilities for the use of digital signatures to carry out electronic transactions. It focuses on developing and transition countries that have not fully implemented the use of digital signatures in their economic, commercial and productive processes. An important aim of this research is to create awareness on the likely effects for enforcing the use of digital signatures to carry out e-commerce transactions on the economies of developing and transition countries. The study also proposes key issues to be considered for policy-makers in countries in order to consider in fostering the evelopment of e-commerce.

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Internet governance research paper
 Guilherme de Almeida, Alfonso Avila, Violeta Boncanoska , 2007
 
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This research paper focuses on the taxation of electronic commerce (or e-commerce) in Madagascar. The objectives of this project are to offer insight and help the fiscal administration for future governmental programmes focusing on the taxation of e-commerce in Madagascar.

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Internet governance research paper
 Fitahiana Zoniaina Rakotomalala , 2010
 
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Electronic government (e-government) equals sustainable development for Guyana. This is the thesis illustrated by this paper along with the possible constraints involved in implementing e-government. 

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Internet governance research paper
 Sandra Bart , 2010
 
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