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By on 07 Apr, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

After going through the blogs and comments, I’m beginning to digress like Ginger on the e-participation blog. We have been going back to the question of definition, and as she has suggested, a chart or categorization strategy might be very useful at this point.

Here is a possible chart of what seems to appear after reading the blogs, forums and comments on this site.

By on 31 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Ginger's e-participation blog has been exploring many interesting viewpoints on the degree to which e-voting can help enhance participation. It might be worthwhile to explore how these e-participation discussion can be linked to aspects of e-consulates.

By on 24 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Consular departments take advantage of several e-tools to keep in touch with nationals overseas. Here are three recent trends in using e-tools for consular assistance and protection. (Links point to examples on the web)

Call centres: 24/7 call centres operate from the capital to respond to calls from nationals overseas during emergencies. Nationals are also encouraged to register online with the foreign ministry or the nearest mission. (See Australian DFAT’s Smartraveller website)

By on 16 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Enforcing visa regimes may not strictly fall under the mandate of the MFA. Nor is it a service directly provided to one's own nationals. However, it is one of the most popular functions routinely performed in embassies and consulates.

By on 12 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Consular work, or the ‘Cinderella Service’, has traditionally been a relatively neglected area in most foreign ministries.

Recent trends have however reshaped the way foreign ministries think about this function which is sometimes considered mundane and routine. The new interest in consular issues is largely attributed to increased international travel, migration and integration in an increasingly borderless world.

By on 12 Mar, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

The E-consulate blog will examine the use of the Internet in consular affairs. We will use the term 'e-consulate' to define consular services provided to citizens overseas using the Internet. For this topic, we will look at three sets of closely interrelated questions in light of e-diplomacy.

The first set of questions revolves around a definition of e-consulates, the second set of questions looks at efficiently delivering consular services under e-governance measures, and the third relates to how e-participation changes the dynamics of consular matters.

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