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By on 09 Dec, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy, Webinars

This webinar  tackled the question of information gathering on the Internet, and the impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations on same.

By on 09 Dec, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Management of the root zone has been one of the most controversial issues in the Internet governance debate. Since the first days of the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) back in 2002, the theoretical possibility of removing other countries form the Internet – by deleting the country’s domain name from the Internet – has inspired many countries to criticise the USA’s key role in the management of the root zone database.

By on 05 Dec, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Held every two years, the General Assembly and Council of Delegates are the key decision-making meetings of the International Federation and the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement. This year the meetings took place in mid-November, in Sydney, Australia.

By on 04 Dec, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

The recent opening of a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Language Centre, a replacement for the FCO language school closed in 2007 to cut costs, has highlighted the role languages play in diplomacy here in the UK.

British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, speaking at the opening of the Centre, said: 'The ability to speak, read, listen and write in a foreign language is one of the fundamental skills of our diplomats. Without it they cannot get under the skin of a country and really understand its people.'

By on 02 Dec, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

International news features regular reports of tensions on China’s borders. Relations along its maritime frontier, for example, are dominated by acrimony over the disputed Spratly and Diaoyutai/Senkaku Islands. Thousands of kilometers to the west, China closely guards its Central Asian borders against the infiltration of Islamist extremists.

By on 27 Nov, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

By on 22 Nov, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Diplo Blog

This evening, 21st November, 2013, Europe met Asia on the lush and verdant lawns of the Spanish Ambassador’s residence in New Delhi. Two of the greatest performers of Flamenco guitar music, with a singer and accompanist and a powerfully expressive female Flamenco dancer performed before a select audience of about 200, the Indian capital’s glitterati. They were joined on the stage by a group of seven Langa musicians and singers from the land of Marwar in Rajasthan.

By on 20 Nov, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

I have attended a seminar on the subject of “Democratizing public space”. This is the text of my intervention. I argued, somewhat paradoxically, that “public space” is shaped by “what is not seen” more than by the explicit will of the people or rulers. My thoughts are an attempt to flesh out BASTIAT’s recommendation, namely to study what is “not seen” rather than what is “seen”.[1]


By on 19 Nov, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Public policy and the Internet - a timely study has recently been published on enhancing multistakeholder participation, where governments work with other stakeholders to find effective policy solutions to complex, and often trans-border, problems. Eight years after the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society was written, the concept of enhanced cooperation remains subject to differing interpretations.

By on 14 Nov, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Measuring the impact of e-Diplomacy social media tools like Twitter or Facebook is a notoriously contested area. On the one hand, there is a friendly crowd of free-services, such as that purport to tell me precisely how signficant (or, mostly, insignificant) I am on the web.


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