Navigating the Global AI Governance Landscape 

New and emerging tech
The recent Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Kyoto reaffirmed AI as an urgent cross-cutting priority for a diverse set of stakeholders. At the same time, it highlighted the rapidly expanding scale and complexity of the AI governance landscape.  This complexity presents a…
11 Jun 2024

GPD responds to Revision 1 of the Global Digital Compact

We welcome the publication of Revision 1 of the Global Digital Compact, as a comprehensive and action-oriented document. While we believe that this most recent iteration of the Compact is a positive development towards a more rights-respecting and inclusive outcome document, important changes are still needed. In this response,…
23 May 2024
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Internet Fragmentation and Human Rights: How to counter threats to an open, interoperable and global Internet

In a range of digital governance forums, including the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) , and the  Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the term ‘Internet fragmentation’ is being used with increasing frequency. It is the subject of session proposals and…
09 May 2024
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NETmundial +10: inspiration for multistakeholder digital governance, but is it enough?

Last week (29-30 April), GPD joined other civil society groups, business actors, the technical community and governments in São Paulo, Brazil for NETmundial+10: the ten year follow up to the landmark NETmundial process in 2014, which set out principles for multistakeholder approaches to Internet governance.  In…
07 May 2024
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To arrive at rights-respecting online platform regulation, we need more focus on data access for researchers

As governments grapple with the complexities of regulating online platforms, one often overlooked essential factor is data access for researchers. Access to data is in many ways the lifeblood of evidence-based policymaking. Without it, we are hindered in our ability to understand the ways that platforms operate. This…
18 Apr 2024

GPD provides submission to Global Digital Compact zero draft

We welcome the recent publication of the zero draft of the Global Digital Compact, an ongoing UN-led initiative that aims to develop a set of guiding principles for member states on how human rights standards apply in the digital age. We particularly applaud that the Compact recognises human…
11 Apr 2024
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Civil society statement on the UN General Assembly’s AI resolution: a step in the right direction, but more is needed

We, the undersigned civil society organizations, welcome the United States-led United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolution “Seizing the opportunities of safe, secure and trustworthy artificial intelligence systems for sustainable development.” Stakeholders far from UN grounds benefit when states clarify their position on new and emerging technologies…
02 Apr 2024
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The world’s first treaty on AI: our thoughts and the way forward

This month, the Council of Europe’s Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAI) wrapped up negotiations on a groundbreaking draft Framework Convention on artificial Intelligence, human rights, democracy and the rule of law. This draft Convention marks a milestone as the world’s first binding treaty…
11 Mar 2024

GPD seeks external consultant for briefing series on Global Majority priorities in key processes

GPD is implementing the “Internet Freedom for All” project, funded by the International Development Research Center (IDRC). The project aims to promote inclusion in the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) to strengthen underrepresented voices in global discussions in efforts to advance democracy in the digital age. As part of this project,…