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By on 02 Nov, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Last week, HE Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona presented his credentials as Permanent Representative of the Republic of Malta to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva.

Alex has been involved with DiploFoundation since its inception and is an active member of our faculty.

By on 28 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-tools, Internet Governance

Last Monday, in Philadelphia, about 13 000 representatives of law enforcement agencies from around the world met at the 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exhibition.

By on 28 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF) is one of the latest additions to the regional IGFs that were launched after the success of the global IGF. It is meant to be an independent platform for all stakeholder groups in the Arab World to discuss issues and policies related to Internet governance (IG) on an equal footing.

By on 25 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Today, on the last of a hectic few days in Bali at the IGF, the Emerging Issues session was devoted to an elephant in the room: surveillance. First broached at the High Level meeting on Day 0, it was a topic of discussion many times during the course of the IGF. High representatives of the USA, Sweden and Brazil were involved in this morning’s discussion, as well as representatives of the corporate sector, civil society, and the technical community.

By on 25 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Where did all the people go? The general impression today was that there were too few people in the rooms. With formal confirmation that over 1500 people collected badges, it seemed that only about half were really there … maybe the others were at the beach!

By on 23 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Life continues unabated in Bali with busy schedules all round and lots of interesting sessions to attend. Many of today’s IGF sessions focused on multistakeholder(ism). One item in focus was the selection process involved in choosing non-governmental stakeholders. Since the technical community, business, and civil society are not ‘representative’ stakeholders, it is challenging to select representatives in a fair and proper way.

By on 23 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance, Diplo Blog

Today I was an e-squatter, a new type of conference participant. In big events, like the Internet Governance Forum, with more than 2000 participants and many parallel sessions, it’s possible to find a conference room with good wifi connection and do some work back home. My guess is that at least half of the participants in today’s meetings were physically in the room but virtually somewhere else.

By on 22 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Day 1 of the 2013 IGF in Bali started early with an orientation session kicking off at 8am (yes, you read that right!). Despite the less-than-suitable seating arrangement which didn’t do much for interaction, the plenary opening session was well attended, providing participants with an initial mapping of the next few days.

By on 22 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

If you know Diplo’s director Jovan Kurbalija, you’ll know that he’s great at mapping out complex ideas in easy-to-understand illustrations. Jovan’s speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 8th Internet Governance Forum, earlier today, analysed evolving IG trends, which Jovan illustrated with the sketch of Internet governance geometry shown here.

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.

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