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The distinction between our geopolitical and digital identities has become virtually non-existent, with many of our most pressing global challenges and individual interactions occurring beyond the bounds of domestic policy. This is further complicated by the emergence of a decentralized “splinter platform” ecosystem through which issues such as disinformation about global health crises, environmental impact of digital technologies and governance of a decentralized digital ecosystem are amplified. These changing parameters illuminate several issues surrounding our conceptions of citizenship, environmental impact and accountability in the digital age. 

The International Digital Policy Lab considers the role of digital policy in the age of global interdependence. We publish innovative independent research and collaborate with our multi-stakeholder network to identify best practices and encourage digital policy coherence and interoperability. Our aim is to assist policymakers and stakeholders to understand and embrace emerging technologies while mitigating the potential risks. 

With established global connections, the International Digital Policy Lab is uniquely placed to assist governments and multi-national stakeholders in developing innovative digital policy approaches, needed in today's world of global digital and data communication. 

We contribute to international digital policy by: 

  • Undertaking research, including global surveys, case studies, and in-depth analysis 

  • Convening and contributing to events 

  • Creating and cultivating partnerships and collaborations with our global multi-stakeholder network, and 

  • Encouraging capacity development by sharing accessible and accurate information with our broader community. 

"This study [by the International Digital Policy Lab], and this report outlining key results, are particularly welcome because they help us understand what has been young people’s information-seeking behaviors during a specific phase of a pandemic, that has been characterized by an excess of information on traditional and digital media. However, the value of this study goes beyond the snapshot it provides as it also helps us characterize media consumption habits of young people in general. This research has highlighted in particular what information they trust; what they question; who they share information with and how they respond to mis- or disinformation."

Elena Altieri 
Behavioural Insights Lead 
World Health Organization

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