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Held every four years, this year’s conference aimed to review the ITU’s Internet-related resolutions including those on Internet protocol-based networks, the ITU’s role with regard to Internet-related public policy issues and management of Internet resources, the role of administrations of Member States in the management of internationalised domain names, and facilitation of the transition to IPv6. The conference also saw the election of the new Secretary-General, deputy Secretary-General, and Directors of the Bureaux.

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[Update] The webinar digest and recording are available here.
 
The complaint of a Spanish citizen in 2010 led to the case being referred to the European Court of Justice, which recently decided that Google was required to comply with EU data protection law. The judgment was met with mixed reactions: from reassurance that links to one's irrelevant past may be removed by Google, to concerns about freedom of expression...

The Congress of Vienna laid the foundation for modern diplomacy – including the introduction of diplomatic precedent and diplomatic ranks. The period between the Congress of Vienna and World War I was often described as a golden age of diplomacy, which managed to secure one of the most peaceful periods in recent history.

During this period, structural developments took place in both communication and diplomacy. Communication inventions became part of daily life, gradually becoming integrated into global telecommunication networks. The key technological invention was the telegraph,...

The August Internet governance webinar will focus on developments in IG MENA, and will be led by Hanane Boujemi from Hivos’s IGMENA, who helped develop the Arab Regional Roadmap for IG, and coordinated the input of the wider IG MENA community to NETmundial. The webinar discussions will include:
- the Arab region's participation in NETmundial, and the outcome of the Arab region's contribution;
- the latest developments taking place at a regional level; and
- what we can expect from the MENA region during...

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Innovation in Diplomacy conference Richard Werly

Innovation in Diplomacy conference Richard Werly

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Mr Anders Norsker, ITU (Remote participation at International Telecommunications Union), Mr Richard Boly, Director of eDiplomacy of the US State Department

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Dr Aldo Mattucci, Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona, Prof. Biljana Scott

Dr Aldo Mattucci, Dr Alex Sceberras Trigona, Prof. Biljana Scott

[Update] The webinar recording and digest are available here.

Following the recent ruling of a US federal appeals court that struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet rules - determining that the FCC does not have the power to require Internet service providers ISPs) to treat all traffic equally - the FCC is now being encouraged to re-label broadband...

This is the second blog post in a series looking at diplomatic law, privileges and immunities. The blogs are written by Diplo lecturer Alan Franklin in follow-up to his 20 May webinar. In case you missed it, Part one looked at breaches of the VCCR and VCDR in relation to interception of communitcation.

Is the protection afforded by the VCDR and the VCCR intended to be absolute, or subject to qualifications and...

[Update] The webinar recording and digest are available here.

Regional cooperation is strong among SIDS, the group of 52 small island developing states spanning thousands of miles across the Atlantic, Caribbean and Pacific, home to around 60 million citizens. On the international level, however, their voices remain largely unheard.

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