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By on 11 Mar, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Lecture by Swiss Minister in Malta is livestreamed for DiploFoundation participants worldwide

Safeguarding foreign interests, and mediation and facilitation, are two types of good offices offered by Switzerland. Both types are about bridge-building, and reflect the Swiss ‘specialty’ in contributing to peace and security.

By on 04 Mar, 2016 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

How does the Internet affect society and academia? How to make sense of a technology that is used so centrally in today’s society and that is at the same time still very much covered in uncertainties?

These were the overarching questions of the first ever Internet Research Fair, which DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform organised between 29 February and 2 March. The Fair was hosted by Amsterdam University College and in collaboration with researchers from The Network Institute.

By on 03 Mar, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

The Republic of Kazakhstan, gaining its independence after the USSR dissolution, aspired to become an active member of the global community. The geographical position of Kazakhstan makes it a natural crossroads for major transit corridors from North to South and from East to West. It is located at the very heart of the Eurasian continent. Kazakhstani foreign policy, therefore, mainly sees itself as the connecting bridge between different countries.  

By on 03 Mar, 2016 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance, Webinars

The shorter month of February was packed with developments that are continuously shaping digital policy. Prominent developments in February were the Apple-FBI controversy, and India’s decision to block zero-rating services. The Internet governance briefing for February, delivered by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, director of DiploFoundation and head of the Geneva Internet Platform, highlighted the context in which these developments took place.

By on 03 Mar, 2016 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy, E-tools

Observation and participation are two different things.

With the emergence of television in late 50’s people were mesmerized with this new technology which allowed them to observe things that had been unreachable so far in their lifetimes. Observing is what we have done for the last fifty years.

At last, a new era has arrived, the era of participation.

By on 17 Feb, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

‘The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless’, remembered Vaclav Havel in his assumption that power is something held and exerted by ordinary people. This argument is premised by the view that individuals are an active force in society, and therefore everyone has a small part in making politics.

By on 15 Feb, 2016 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The Internet affects society in all its dimensions. E-mail and messaging is changing our written communication, Wikipedia affects how we think about the accessibility of public knowledge, and social media can result in disparities in our offline and online identities. While e-commerce, e-health and e-government are providing extensive opportunities to offer services easier and more efficiently, the Internet poses threats when it is used by terrorists and hackers or contains harmful materials to children.

By on 08 Feb, 2016 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy, Internet Governance

The Internet has had a substantial impact on the work of diplomats. Many diplomatic functions have been digitalised, and several e-tools can be used to perform diplomatic work.

By on 05 Feb, 2016 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance, Webinars

The regular Geneva Internet Platform webinar briefings on Internet governance, which summarise the main developments of each month and explore upcoming developments, resumed in January.

By on 20 Jan, 2016 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

As in every other area, forecasts help us imagine what the future will look like, and what to expect.

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