Global Digital Policy Incubator


Global Digital Policy Incubator

Enhancing Freedom, Security & Trust in the Global Digital Ecosystem

Our Mission

The mission of the Global Digital Policy Incubator is to inspire policy and governance innovations that reinforce democratic values, universal human rights, and the rule of law in the digital realm. We serve as a collaboration hub for the development of norms, guidelines, and laws that enhance freedom, security, and trust in the global digital ecosystem. The bottom line question that guides this initiative: How do we help governments and private sector technology companies establish governance norms, policies, and processes that allow citizens and society to reap the upside benefits of technology, while protecting against the downside risks?



Explore GPDi’s new policy snapshot examining opportunities for policymakers to incorporate human rights principles into National AI Strategies. This is part of a new series of policy explainers providing human rights analysis of important digital policy issues.


Every two weeks, our team at GDPi will provide you with an overview of some of the key recent developments in the digital policy and human rights space, plus context and analysis to help you better understand the events of the day.

The Rise of Digital Authoritarianism Conference Banner Announcement

China’s authoritarianism has fully expanded into the digital space. Through hundreds of millions of surveillance cameras, unprecedented amounts of data collection, state-sponsored technological investment, and global research partnerships, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is aiming to become the world’s leading AI superpower by 2030. In doing so, the Chinese government and corporate actors are weaponizing AI domestically, exporting surveillance tools to countries around the world, and demanding ideological compliance in the global market. The series will take place across four dates: September 29th, October 1st, October 6th, October 9th, from 9-11am PDT.
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National Artificial Intelligence Strategies and Human Rights: A Review

Global Partners Digital and Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator have published a report examining governments’ National AI Strategies from a human rights perspective.

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Conference Report: Social Media Councils, from Concept to Reality

In February 2019, GDPi, ARTICLE 19 and David Kaye convened a workshop to discuss the creation of multistakeholder social media councils (SMCs) for online content moderation. Our report explores the meeting’s outcomes and discusses next steps for SMCs.

GDPI: What we do

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Identify and incubate high potential digital policies and technologies.

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Generate implementation & advocacy strategies for security & rights enhancing governance.

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Convene global multi-stakeholder thought leaders & governance actors.


GDPi Launch Conference Report

Three Panels, Seventeen Panelists, over six hundred participants, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Read about the conference that Launched the Global Digital Policy Incubator on October 6, 2017.


Panel | Rebuilding Trust in Digital Information


Panel | What is Human-Centered Design of AI?


Panel | Trust and Human-Centered Technology

Video | Human-Centered AI 2018

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Welcoming Remarks| Eileen Donahoe & Amir Banifatemi


AI & Human Rights| A Conversation with Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein & Sam Altman

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Keynote| The Future of Human Work with AI | Tim O'Reilly