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By Selcuk Colakoglu on 18 Oct, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

The 9th BRICS summit which took place from 3-5 September, in Xiamen, has once again stimulated a debate about whether the grouping has become a new dominant actor for global governance. Alongside the G7 (Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United States), which represents the most developed economies in the world, BRIC, consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, and China, is today able to have its name frequently mentioned as an alternative gathering of newly emerging and large-scale developing economies.

By on 13 Oct, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

Is digital diplomacy a proper area of study or a set of tools used to extend traditional diplomatic communication? How can Ministries of Foreign Affairs (MFAs) fully harness the potential of digital diplomacy? Does digital diplomacy empower civil society and social movements to the extent that they become diplomatic actors in their own right? How do social media and digital diplomacy solve the overlap of stakeholders’ interests? How do we engage with different realities promoted by social media?

By Rawl Prescott on 10 Oct, 2017 | From the channel/s: Data Reflections, Diplomacy

Data and statistics have been gaining increased attention at the global level.  One of the main discussions right now surrounds the value and use of data. The Economist asserts that ‘the value of data is increasing,’ and that ‘data are to this century what oil was to the last one: a driver of growth and change’.

By on 06 Oct, 2017 | From the channel/s: Webinars, Internet Governance

Proposals from European countries to change the rules regarding the taxation of Internet companies, continuous developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), and increased governmental pressures on technology companies to remove extremist content were among the main digital policy developments in the month of September.

By on 29 Sep, 2017 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The third and last day at the WTO Public Forum reiterated a message from the previous two days: e-commerce can serve as a tool for development, which presents both opportunities and challenges for developing countries. In addition, it brought into focus issues such as the role of e-commerce in fostering cross-border trade, consumer rights, intellectual property rights, data flows, and automation and artificial intelligence (AI).

By on 28 Sep, 2017 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance


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By on 28 Sep, 2017 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The second day at the WTO Public Forum brought into focus multiple digital policy issues. E-commerce was discussed from multiple angles: as a gate to international trade, a tool for development, a challenge, and an opportunity for developing countries. The digital divide, e-payments, data flows, and the impact of new technologies were also debated throughout the day.

By on 27 Sep, 2017 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

‘Trade: Behind the headlines’ is the theme of this year’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum. Taking place this week in Geneva, it is bringing together policy makers, civil society and business representatives, and researchers, to discuss the opportunities and challenges of trade, and to look at recent developments in the area. They will also explore solutions for a more inclusive global trade system.

By on 15 Sep, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy, E-Learning, Internet Governance

If they existed, could AI robots have helped resolve  the USA-North Korean crisis? How long will it take for AI to be used in negotiations, or to alter diplomatic practice as we know it today?

By Andrijana Gavrilovic on 12 Sep, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

DiploFoundation’s September WebDebate asked whether we should take new diplomacies seriously. As moderator Dr Katharina Höne noted, with the term ‘new diplomacy’ gaining traction, it is important to debate and raise critical questions about it and its various forms. Sceptics often observe that new diplomacy simply marks the latest fashion trend in diplomatic practice, without being of much substance.



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