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Are you passionate about defending democracy and human rights in the digital age? The Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute invites you to participate in their call for papers on "Decrypting Digital Authoritarianism: How the Use of the Internet Can Threaten Democracy and Human Rights." The papers will inform a conference on the topic, taking place on 28 and 29 October 2024 in Florence. It aims to shed light on the concerning rise of digital authoritarianism around the world.

Mexico

On 28 February 2024, representatives from the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW), the Mexico Competitiveness Center (CCMX) and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) from Mexico and Germany gathered for a virtual workshop. They shared experiences on how digital transformation impacts MSMEs in both countries.

Kenya

The first work plan of the Kenyan-German Digital Dialogue was signed on 13 February 2024. State Secretary Stefan Schnorr of the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) and Jackson Makewa, Director ICT of the Kenyan Ministry of Information, Communications and The Digital Economy (MICDE), chaired the high-level meeting in Nairobi. Afterwards, around 110 representatives from business, civil society, academia and the public sector from Kenya and Germany exchanged views on the focus topics of the new work plan.

Kenya

At the invitation of the German and Kenyan governments, the Data-Driven Cities: Conference for the Urban Common Good took place in Kenya on 12 and 13 February 2024. The focus was on the question of how data can be used successfully to promote the urban common good. Read and download the full report here:

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On 7 February 2024, Germany’s first Strategy for International Digital Policy was published by the federal government. It serves as a shared compass for Germany’s global digital policy engagement. The strategy is the prelude to and the foundation of an implementation process that will continue to involve stakeholders intensively.

Mexico

On 15 January 2024, the Mexican Ministry of Economy (Economía), the Mexican Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transport (Comunicaciones) and the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) jointly committed to exchange and work on areas of interest related to digital policy in both countries. At the first Annual Meeting of the Mexican-German Digital Dialogue, they signed a Work Plan for 2024.

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