1. Mapping the free expression landscape across the globe (Index on Censorship)

The Index Index is a pilot project that uses innovative machine learning techniques to map the free expression landscape across the globe to gain a clearer country-by-country view of the state of free expression across academic, digital and media/press freedoms.

Working with experts in machine learning and journalism from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Index on Censorship has launched this pilot project to allow everyone to scour the globe to see where free expression is adequately protected or most at risk based on data compiled from leading and trusted indices and metrics.

2. Joint Statement by United States Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas and European Union Commissioner for Internal Market Breton (Homeland Security)

United States Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and European Commissioner for Internal Market Thierry Breton released the following joint statement on the cooperation between the United States and the European Union in the fields of Cyber Resilience.

3. The 5×5—China’s cyber operations (Atlantic Council)

We brought together a group of experts to provide insights into China’s cyber behaviour, its structure, and how its operations differ from those of other states.

4. Visualizing Public Diplomacy  – video (USC CPD)

Join Corneliu Bjola, Jennifer Cassidy, Dmitry Chernobrov, and Ilan Manor for a discussion and Q&A moderated by CPD Research Fellow Elisabeth King on current and future implications of visual communication in diplomatic messaging through digital channels.

5. Emotional labour in digital diplomacy: perceptions and challenges for European diplomats (Article by Elsa Hedling)

This article analyses how diplomats perceive the demands of digital diplomacy and how emotions are engaged in their efforts to perform competently both online and offline. The study draws on fieldwork and interviews with 13 European diplomats as well as document analysis of handbooks and training material used to transfer ‘emotional communication skills’ to diplomats.

6. The Race to Build a ChatGPT-Powered Search Engine (The Wired)

A search bot you converse with could make finding answers easier—if it doesn’t tell fibs. Microsoft, Google, Baidu, and others are working on it.

7. The ‘Enshittification’ of TikTok (The Wired)

Or how, exactly, platforms die.

8. Why Do People Believe Everything They Watch on TikTok? (Vice)

We’re just as bad as boomers falling for misinformation on Facebook.

9. The European digital identity’s pilot project (Euractiv)

While the regulation to establish a European digital identity continues its legislative process, the European Commission has recently launched a pilot project to see how this could work in practice. We discuss the project and its potential impact on the legislation with Gregory Kuhlmey, digital identity programme manager at IDEMIA. This European security company leads the consortium behind the pilot.

10. The relationship between AI and humans (The Economist)

What questions do technologies like ChatGPT raise for employees and customers?

11. For 2 years, digital government was defined by the Covid response. What’s next? (GovInsider)

The 2022 edition of the biennial United Nations e-government survey analysed the paths digital governments took in the face of Covid-19 and chart a path forward. GovInsider breaks down the key findings.

12. What to know about OpenAI, the company behind ChatGPT (The Washington Post)

The viral chatbot’s creator is rocketing into the mainstream