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By on 21 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Hot and humid Balinese weather greeted the Diplo team as they touched down for the start of the 2013 Internet Governance Forum. The convention centre which will host the proceedings is in a somewhat isolated resort but perhaps that’s a good thing … fewer distractions.

By on 21 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Mutlistakeholderism is the secret sauce of the Internet Governance Forum. The collaborative, open, 'post-political' space tantalisingly glimpsed in the early Internet is seemingly under threat, as never before.

By on 15 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy, Webinars

This is a digest of the advanced diplomatic webinar: 'Big data and cyberdiplomats: 'Big opportunities or big problems?' held on October 10, 2013 by Mr. Francesco Vitali.

By on 15 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Internet Governance

My previous blog outlined the main features of cable/telegraph politics. This post will draw ten political parallels between the telegraph and the Internet, two major communication developments of the last two centuries. Historical reflections are a useful reminder of long-term trends, especially in times of the techno-excitement inherent in ‘here and here’.

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

How diplomats should respond to questions and requests received over the Internet is an issue that poses a problem for many. It came up again at a recent webinar on e-politeness, organised by DiploFoundation and Istituto Diplomatico in Rome. Formal policies on e-response are still largely in the making and are more the exception than the rule. Most institutions do not have an official policy on how to e-interact with their publics. Some, though, do have informal guidelines.

By on 08 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance, Diplo Blog

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) 2013 is almost upon us.  Pre-events start before the actual meeting 22-26 October. Reservations have been made, and last-minute hotel arrangements are rushing across the Internet, a bit more tensely than usual, because many decisions were made at the last minute due to late confirmation by the host.

By on 07 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

News of the laying of a BRICS-cable triggered public attention as news of laying telegraph cables did a century ago. The ‘cable rush’ by Britain, Germany and France – then major industrial and colonial powers – heralded the start of cable geo-politics which still exist today.  Despite all the promises of the end of geography and Internet ‘virtuality’, geography remains as important as ever. Are we facing a renewed interest in cable geo-strategy?

By on 07 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy, Internet Governance

As vocabularies go, I think mine is relatively broad. I like words and savour them like a wine connoisseur might savour a good wine. When I find a new one, I say it aloud over and over, getting a feel for how it sounds and testing it to see if it will fit with the rest of the words I’ve stored away. At some level, I believe that the words we use are like a fingerprint, marking our individuality. I’ve been jolted out of a stupor on occasion when someone I find less than interesting suddenly uses a word that is completely out of character for them.

By on 04 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance, Webinars

The September IG webinar was co-organised by DiploFoundation and the Center for Technology and Society of the Getulio Vargas Foundation in Brazil (CTS/FGV). Marília Maciel, from CTS/FGV, and Diego Canabarro,from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, discussed the impact of the Snowden case on Brazil-US relations and on Brazil’s traditional support for the multistakeholder model. They also assessed recently announced measures, such as the creation of a BRICS cable, and of the risks of Internet fragmentation.

By on 03 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

A twenty-first-century behavioural culture shock often experienced is that of the difference in screening phone calls as opposed to picking up the phone, regardless of the setting.  I am used to playing 'phone tag': exchanging voice messages until I am able to reach the other person.  In my travels overseas, however, I have been in countless instances where we could be engaged in deep discussions during a meeting and my counterpart would momentarily excuse themselves to answer their phone, even if only to inform the caller that they were in an important meeting and would call back later.

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