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By on 26 Aug, 2015 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways, Diplo Blog

Conviction without experience makes for harshness

Flannery O’CONNOR
 

The internet is an enabler. Arguably, the internet has been the most transforming event in the last thousand years – akin, in its impact, to writing, or the domestication of the horse.

By on 20 Nov, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

I have attended a seminar on the subject of “Democratizing public space”. This is the text of my intervention. I argued, somewhat paradoxically, that “public space” is shaped by “what is not seen” more than by the explicit will of the people or rulers. My thoughts are an attempt to flesh out BASTIAT’s recommendation, namely to study what is “not seen” rather than what is “seen”.[1]

 

By on 01 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance, Diplo Blog

Kwetching about 'multi-stakeholderism'

By on 23 Sep, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance, Diplo Blog

Today’s system of “multi-stakerism” is a travesty in this respect. It reflects the malign neglect/scrutiny of governments (more than happy doing their profiling/censoring unhindered) and the self-serving bullying of the internet companies. Users urgently need a sustainable legitimated forum.

By on 12 Aug, 2013 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways, Diplo Blog

I’ve pointed out previously that “war” covers two very different kinds of affray: raids and conquest. This distinction is fundamental – yet it is hardly mentioned in international fora dealing with international and humanitarian law.

By on 11 Aug, 2013 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways, Diplo Blog

I perused the UNESCO World Heritage list, recently. As I scrolled the “properties” that made it, I asked myself: would my life change in any way, were these cultural sites to disappear, one and all? The honest answer is: I’d feel sad, but my life would go on as before. The criteria for inclusion[1] sound impressive… good for hiding the fact that these “properties” are just baubles. What I’m saying is counterintuitive.

By on 10 Aug, 2013 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways, Diplo Blog

At a champagne and caviar event, referring to Gödel’s theorem identifies the speaker as pleasantly and ironically post-modern. Suavely dropping the name Gödel is akin to be seen driving the Rolls Royce of learned ignorance.

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By on 08 Aug, 2013 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways, Diplo Blog

Ambassador Dumitriu has thrown down the gauntlet on the issue of “lethal autonomous robots.”[1] As Contrarian in Residence, I could not forego the challenge.

By on 15 Jul, 2013 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways, Diplo Blog

Alasdair MACINTYRE is a well-known philosopher.[1] His After virtue. A study in moral theory is considered a classic. I’ve started reading it, but I have encountered “heavy weather” with his metaphors – in fact on the very first page. They may sink his argument (or at least my interest). Let me explain.

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