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Global Digital Compact: what has changed in the revision 1 draft?

The Global Digital Compact is a proposed document from the United Nations that could have a transformative impact on how we expect digital technologies and the Internet to be governed.


We recently published the “zero draft” of the Global Digital Compact to demonstrate what can be done through converting documents into a machine-referenceable dataset. We also shared some annotations on the text written by the Brainbox Institute.


Today we’re sharing a public site that shows how the Global Digital Compact has changed between the zero draft and the updated draft (“rev 1”). Both documents have been converted into datasets, and all versioning and markup is performed computationally. Relationships between specific paragraphs in each draft are defined by our own judgement, so opinions may differ.



Computational versioning to compare changes between legal instruments is essential for effectively governing digital legal systems. Digital legal systems could be in place for a long time through multiple rounds of amendment, and steps taken to incorporate these amendments have to be transparent. Our system supports better traceability and data portability, and creates a foundation for further innovation in tools and practices that support people to interact with law as data.


If you’d like access to better tools for managing regulatory documents like the Global Digital Compact for yourself or your organisation, including collaboration, annotation, export, publishing, and digital referencing, get in touch with us to tell us more. For updates, sign up for our mailing list or follow us on LinkedIn.



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