At GPD, our focus is on bringing laws and policies relating to the digital environment more in line with international human rights standards. This is a complex undertaking, demanding deep knowledge of the policy environment, strong capacity from all stakeholder groups, and effective collaboration. We work to create these conditions for change in four ways:
- Monitoring and analysis of trends. We aim to serve as a listening post and source of insight across our core focus areas—whether that’s producing accessible explainers on new AI legislation, tracking state actions on disinformation and encryption, or providing insider updates on key cyber processes in our monthly Digest.
- Building stakeholder capacity. As part of our trust and security project, for example, we’ve been working with civil society actors in diverse national contexts to support their engagement in National Cybersecurity Strategy (NCSS) development processes. We also work directly with governments and the private sector to strengthen their understanding and ability to regulate the digital environment in a rights-respecting way.
- Fostering alliances and coordinating action. For example, we recently helped build a network of civil society organisations who actively engage in the discussions in the UN First Committee’s Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs.
- Direct advocacy. As well as our more behind the scenes efforts, GPD also engages deeply and directly in the development of new laws and policies. Most recently, we’ve been closely involved in consultations around the UK’s Online Harms White Paper and Facebook’s Oversight Board, where—alongside other civil society groups—we’ve made a strong case for more openness, inclusivity, and transparency, and made measurable impact in the inclusion of greater human rights safeguards.