Diplo’s plans include:
- Continuing to seek new capacity development initiatives in the fields of Internet governance, cybersecurity, and other fields.
- Developing new online courses on topical issues, together with various partner organisations.
- Comprehensive global research on public perception of diplomacy and other important and emerging topics.
- Further development of tools and techniques for e-participation in global governance.
Special focus: Awareness building
We plan to conduct comprehensive global research on the perception of diplomacy, both with a lowercase ‘d’ – as a method for resolving conflict through the use of compromise and conciliation – and with an uppercase ‘D’ – as a system for managing modern international relations.
We will continue to promote the role of diplomacy and negotiations in solving global problems, with the key message that in the interdependent world, diplomacy is no longer just the ethically superior choice but a necessity for addressing complex issues like Internet governance and climate change negotiations.
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Special focus: Policy research using technology
Traditional policy research in global affairs has shown serious limitations. It has failed to anticipate some major developments, such as the 2008 financial crisis or the latest developments in the Arab world. Some of the existing limitations could be overcome through the use of new Internet-based techniques, such as crowd-sourcing. A new form of policy research could assist the international policy community to better understand the fast-changing world, and to better anticipate future crises.
We have developed a toolkit for Internet-based policy research which has been implemented in pilot projects in the field of Internet governance and climate change.
We are also investigating unorthodox topics with growing relevance for global policy, including emotions in global governance and negotiations, science and global policy, and managing diversity in global policy.