Building internet observatories: Approaches and challenges

12 Nov 2015 14:00h - 15:30h

Event report

This session presented a variety of initiatives seeking to influence different policies and human activities, whether it is from a legal perspective or from the point of view of people’s behavior. The initiatives presented are working to try and shape the Internet’s public sphere in some way. Through these initiatives people can collaborate for the social, political and economic development of the Internet.

Some of the initiatives presented included

  • Internet Monitor: shows human activity online regarding data points, providing an open data set on Internet Governance.
  • Mapping Policy Observatory
  • Digital Watch built by the Geneva Internet Platform in partnership with ISOC, it focuses on providing a neutral and independent one-stop-shop for diplomats, policy makers, and interested actors more generally.
  • Graph Commons: Maps Internet Governance, including the environment of events, processes and institutions.
  • Global Internet Policy Observatory: monitors internet-related policy, regulatory and technological developments around the world. The biggest difference with other initiatives is that it is a totally automated tool, which analyzes info about Internet Governance, using data-mining and then presents it in an user friendly way.
  • Global Cyber Security Capacity Center at Oxford University: it seeks to understand how to deliver effective cyber security within the UK and internationally.
  • Internet Jurisdiction Observatory: facilitates a global multistakeholder dialogue process.
  • Mapping Global Media Policy : takes the documentation of policy actors and policy makers in the IG process
  • Korea Internet Transparency: gathers various sources, aiming to promote awareness on censorship and surveillance, associated with government practices and internet policies.
  • Observatório do Marco Civil da Internet: focuses on the analysis of recent cases, related to legislation and laws.

The session ended by the Youth@IGF (ISOC/CGI) Fellows announcing the creation of the “Youth Observatory”, which aims to connect and engaged young people over Internet Governance issues.


By Maureen Hernandez


Session Analytics

Session analytics on Digital Watch are produced from computational text-mining and statistical modeling of the IGF session raw transcripts.

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