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Newsletter Issue 11, November 2017



Regional anchorage of the GIPO Project

As part of our strategy to ensure the continued development of GIPO, Regional Working Groups  (RWGs) are being established, which will help the GIPO tool to capture deeper and broader information, and also to better reach out and disseminate the tool to key target groups at the regional level.

RWGs will help in identifying new candidate sources to feed into the GIPO tool, based on in-depth knowledge of regional expertise and information resources. They will also help ensure that the GIPO tool be promoted and used widely in different regions.

Further to the discussions held during the workshop run by GIPO at the EuroDig2017 event on sustainable governance models, efforts have been made to develop RWGs in different regions. Currently, RWGs have already been established in Latin America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.

The future of GIPO - Call for expressions of interest

As we slowly come to the close of the development period of the GIPO project, we are keen to explore with our readers and stakeholders interest in contributing to the tool’s future developments, and in promoting the tool to new audiences. While the automated intake of information by the GIPO tool is robust and efficient, a network of individuals and organisations is key to identify new resources and ensure a continued promotion of the tool in the future.

Please take 5 minutes to tell us what you think about the GIPO Observatory Tool!

NetFutures 2017, 28-29 June in Brussels

The Conference on internet, the economy and society in 2027 brought together a prestigious lineup of speakers from the worlds of technology pioneers, internet, policy makers to exchange on the futures of society in a digital world. A wide range of inspirational speeches and parallel sessions covered topics ranging from security to legal and ethical issues, cross-cutting digital platforms to digital ecosystems, or again mobile connectivity to the internet of things. For more details Net Futures 2017 conference.

In the News

ETSI publishes cybersecurity advice on the NIS Directive

A report released on 24 October by ETSI’s technical committee on Cybersecurity (TC CYBER) provides advice on implementing the NIS Directive which lays down measures for a high common level of security of network and information systems across the European Union. The report provides guidance on the available technical specifications and those in development by major cybersecurity communities in the world which are designed to meet the legal measures and technical requirements of the NIS Directive. (Source : ETSI website).

EU Investments into Digital Research 2018-2020

EUR 6 billion will be allocated by the EU’s H2020 programme to ICT related projects covering the full innovation chain, from basic research to market uptake. This represents 20% of the overall work programme budget of EUR 30 billion. The EU further demonstrates support to digital research by mainstreaming digitisation into a number of areas of the work programme. For more information : EU Digital Single Market website.

EU Consultation on the legal protection of databases (Directive 96/9/EC)

30 August marked the end of a 3-month consultation by the EU undertaken to “understand how the Database Directive, and in particular the sui generis protection of databases, is used, to evaluate its impact on users and to identify possible needs of adjustment”. To read the preliminary findings of this consultation, please visit the Summary Report.




Seventh annual meeting of IGF Spain (28-29 November)

On the theme of Digital Rights and Innovation, the 2017 annual meeting IGF Spain just met in Madrid, under the auspices of the Secretary of State for Information Society and the Digital Agenda. The first day centered on rights of users, companies and organisations, discussing issues like jurisdiction in a global world, privacy, contents and freedom of expression in social networks, or labour rights. On day 2, the event focused on technology-related issues such as AI, universal services 2.0, Blockchain. For more information : IGF Spain.

Fifth Meeting of the African Internet Governance Forum – (AfIGF2016)

The event will take place from 4 to 6 December 2017 in Cairo, to engage in a multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on prevailing and emerging issues on Internet governance in Africa. For more information:

Facing the perfect storm? 7th e-Crime & Cybersecurity Benelux Summit

This event will take place on December 6th 2017 in Amsterdam, to address pressing issues around the convergence of increasingly sophisticated technology which putting at risk our cybersecurity in a globalised world. For details: Cybersecurity Benelux.

Shape your digital future! - Last chance to register for the IGF Forum 2017

Preparations are underway for the twelfth annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (Geneva, 18-21 December), on the theme: Shape your digital future. The sumit will cover a wide range of issues, including cyber security, the data economy, sustainable development, human rights on the internet, as well as the influence of digitization on our economy, the media landscape and the political system.

For more information, please visit IGF Geneva. Please note that registrations will close on 4 December

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