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GISWatch 2021-2022 Sneak Peek

The 2021-2022 edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) will be officially launching at the IGF next month, and this is your chance to have a first look at several full-length reports in this special GISWatch 2021-2022 Sneak Peek!

With all the changes to our advocacy brought about by COVID-19, it is a critical time to explore the theme of "Digital futures for a post-pandemic world".

Through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic, this edition of Global Information Society Watch highlights the different and complex ways in which democracy and human rights are at risk across the globe, and illustrates how fundamental meaningful internet access is to sustainable development.

It includes a series of thematic reports, dealing with, among others, emerging issues in advocacy for access, platformisation, tech colonisation and the dominance of the private sector, internet regulation and governance, privacy and data, new trends in funding internet advocacy, and building a post-pandemic feminist agenda. Alongside these, 36 country and regional reports, the majority from the global South, all offer some indication of how we can begin mapping a shifted terrain.

In this 2021-2022 GISWatch Sneak Peek, you can read the following full-length reports:

  • Introduction: Rebalancing and reimagining our futures by Valeria Betancourt and Alan Finlay (APC)

  • Thematic report: "Tech, data and the pandemic: Reflecting for next time" by Alexandrine Pirlot de Corbion and Gus Hosein (Privacy International)

  • Thematic report: "Another look at internet regulation: Lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic" by J. Carlos Lara and Jamila Venturini (Derechos Digitales)

  • Thematic report: "Advocacy for community-led connectivity access in the global South" by Kathleen Diga, Cynthia el Khoury, Michael Jensen, Carlos Rey-Moreno and Débora Prado (Local Networks (LocNet) initiative, APC)

  • Brazil country report: "The internet, technologies and inequalities in Brazil: The invisibility of Black women, traditional people and communities, and people with disabilities" by Tâmara Terso, Paulo Victor Melo and Iraildon Mota (Centro de Comunicação, Democracia e Cidadania da Universidade Federal da Bahia (Center for Communication, Democracy and Citizenship at the Federal University of Bahia) and Intervozes – Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social (Intervozes – Brazilian Communication Collective))

  • Democratic Republic of Congo country report: "Fact checking to avoid internet shutdowns: Lessons from the DRC" by Pacifique Zikomangane (Mesh Bukavu)

  • Republic of Korea counry report: "Introduction of surveillance technologies in the name of responding to infectious diseases" by Byoung-Il Oh (Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet)

  • Latin America and the Caribbean regional report: "Getting ready for the next pandemic: Public interest technologies in Latin America" by Paola Ricaurte and Jacobo Nájera (Tecnológico de Monterrey, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Tierra Común; and May First Movement Technology and The Tor Project)

To download the 2021-2022 GISWatch Sneak Peek, click here.

To learn more about GISWatch, visit and stay tuned for more updates!

Excited for more? Join us at the official GISWatch launch at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Addis Ababa on 29 November where the full 2021-2022 GISWatch report will be launched.