The International Digital Policy Initiative considers the role of digital policy in the age of global interdependence.
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. These changing parameters illuminate several issues surrounding our conceptions of citizenship, data privacy and ownership, and accountability in the digital age.
The International Digital Policy Initiative considers the role of digital policy in the age of global interdependence. We publish cutting-edge 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 Initiative 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.
Professor Ingrid Volkmer
Ingrid Volkmer is Professor of Digital Communication and Globalisation, School of Culture and Communication, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne. Overall, her research has a focus on how digital communications and big data are creating new models for transnational communication. Her work addresses these new models in a broad range of areas from public communication and notions of digital citizenship, to the implications for politics and international relations, and the development of new frameworks for transnational digital/data policy. She currently directs the Global Youth Survey for the World Health Organization on 'Social Media & COVID-19 - a Global Study of Digital Crisis Interaction among Gen Z and Millenials' (conducted in cooperation with Wunderman Thompson and Pollfish). Beyond her research, Professor Volkmer is actively engaged in public policy development in this area. She was appointed to the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) as a Lead Author in transnational digital communication. She engages in various digital policy debates at the OECD in 2018 and was appointed to the OECD's expert panel on AI governance in 2019.
Social media and COVID-19: A global study of digital crisis interaction among Gen Z and millennials
This study included twenty-four countries from all continents at the time of the heightened COVID-19 crisis, and our survey targeted 18-40 year olds, Millennials and Gen Zs – overall n = 23,483 respondents.
COVID, Youth and information Survey
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of this ongoing health crisis and the spread of misinformation on youth; and their attitude or outlook to their future prospects.
Churk, J. P., & Volkmer, I. (2021). Shaping citizen’s freedom of social media interaction in Tanzania: The role of city policy experts in digital policy-making. Journal of African Media Studies, 13(1), 73–87.
Volkmer, I. (2014). The Global Public Sphere: Public Communication in the Age of Reflective Interdependence. Wiley.
Interview in: Groch, S. (2021, January 13). “Wild West”: Who regulates social media and what’s Parler? The Age.
Ingrid Volkmer, Professor of Digital Communication and Globalisation
School of Culture and Communication , Faculty of Arts