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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.

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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.

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How can we shape digital sovereignty in a globalised world? On 20 November 2023, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) hosted a panel on this question at the Digital Summit of the German Government in Jena, Germany. The panellists concluded that international cooperation, not isolation, is key to successfully strengthen digital sovereignty.

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On 17 November 2023, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) hosted another Stakeholder Forum International Digital Policy. The aim was to exchange views on BMDV's draft of Germany’s Strategy for International Digital Policy. Representatives from more than 60 organisations from business, science, civil society and the technical community took part in the virtual event.

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The Secretariat for the International Digital Dialogues organised several events at this year’s UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) from 8 to 12 October 2023 in Kyoto, Japan. In addition to two receptions, two workshops on crucial topics took place. The workshops brought together a diverse range of experts to discuss how to build trust in user-centric digital public services (DPS) and how to create digital public infrastructure (DPI) that empowers people.

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The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) held its first stakeholder consultation for the planned Digital Dialogues with Ghana, Kenya and South Africa on 31 August. Representatives from business, academia and civil society took part in the virtual event to contribute their focus topics for the Digital Dialogues.

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Germany's Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) hosted a Global Stakeholder Forum on International Digital Policy. The two-day event, held on 23 and 24 May, aimed at gathering valuable input from international stakeholders within the context of formulating Germany's strategy on international digital policy.

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On 12 May, the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) held first stakeholder consultations for the Digital Dialogues with Japan, Singapore and the Republic of Korea. The ministry invited stakeholders from business, academia and civil society to an open exchange on focus topics that should be discussed within the Digital Dialogues. Representatives of the German embassies in the three countries shared current developments in the countries' digital policies.

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The German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) initiated the consultation process on Germany's strategy for international digital policy in February 2023. On 9 and 10 May, specific topics of interest were discussed in greater detail during dedicated consultations with German stakeholders.

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