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Category: Policy
Private sector proposes new cyber norms

The Internet industry is under increasing pressure by governments to provide digital information to be used in criminal investigations and anti-terrorist activities. Traditional channels for international cooperation are slow and cumbersome. A regular legal process for obtaining digital evidence via Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties (MLATs) may take at least ten months. To bring the legal […]

Geneva Internet L@w Research Colloquium

The Research Colloquium, held on 23 June as part of the Geneva Internet L@w Summer School, gathered young researchers, senior academics, and students attending the summer school. Young researchers presented their research projects on issues such as AI, autonomous vehicles, trust on the Internet, and consumer protection. A very vibrant discussion highlighted the impact of […]

UN Human Rights Council – 35th Session

At its 35th session, held 6–23 June, the Council discussed, among others, two reports related to human rights in the digital environment. The report on the Promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet: ways to bridge the gender digital divide from a human rights perspective, prepared by the UN High Commissioner for […]

Digital Access, Shutdowns, and Surveillance: Private Actors and Respect for Free Expression

The event, organised on 14 June, was dedicated to exploring possible solutions for ending Internet shutdowns and surveillance around the world. The rise in state-sanctioned denial of access to the Internet and state access to personal data has significant implications for human rights. In this context, a call was made for the Human Rights Council […]

Fake News: The Role of Confirmation Bias in a Post-truth World

Organised on 14 June by the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, the event focused on the issue of fake news and the role confirmation bias plays in how we interpret news and information. Fake news comes in many facets, and is fast becoming a ‘democratic problem’. Dealing with this at an individual level, […]