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By on 28 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-tools, Internet Governance

Last Monday, in Philadelphia, about 13 000 representatives of law enforcement agencies from around the world met at the 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exhibition.

By on 07 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy, Internet Governance

As vocabularies go, I think mine is relatively broad. I like words and savour them like a wine connoisseur might savour a good wine. When I find a new one, I say it aloud over and over, getting a feel for how it sounds and testing it to see if it will fit with the rest of the words I’ve stored away. At some level, I believe that the words we use are like a fingerprint, marking our individuality. I’ve been jolted out of a stupor on occasion when someone I find less than interesting suddenly uses a word that is completely out of character for them.

By on 30 Aug, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

It’s not a gun that kills someone; it’s the person who pulls the trigger. It’s not Facebook or e-mail that ruins people’s lives, it’s the person who posts the message – or worse still, mindlessly forwards and shares messages without checking that their contents are true.

Just ask Mark Hendricks. Apparently, back in 2010, a friend of the South Africa native circulated a photo of Mark with the message:

By on 29 Aug, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Over the course of the last couple of months, I must have read close to 40 crime novels by everyone from Michael Connelly to Val McDermid. I’ve noticed that I’m becoming increasingly paranoid; my imagination is running away with me. Holes in ceilings now house hidden cameras. I talk in code while on the phone. And if I happen to meet the same random stranger in the street twice in one day, they’re following me. It's obvious.

By on 16 Aug, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

I was recently introduced to the term 'emerging adult'. As I belong to a generation that moved to adulthood on receipt of their first full-time paycheck, it took me by surprise. I hadn't realised that we had a new, official, transitory period of emergence. 

By on 26 Jul, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

YouTube videos and TV footage, whether captured by professionals or what are now known as ‘citizen journalists’, portray what the documentarist sees, i.e. the action that is unfolding in front of them.

By on 08 Jul, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

A network of friendships and mutual dependencies draws diplomats and correspondents into an elite community of foreign affairs specialists (Phillips Davidson, 1975).

By on 03 Jul, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Social media has taken the world by storm. Citizen journalists are increasing pressure on diplomats to deliver timely and accurate reporting of what is happening on the ground. A recent survey of 105 practising diplomats from five regions: Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia shows that the biggest impact social media has in terms of diplomatic reporting is making it more immediate and less formal.

By on 01 Jul, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

So of course there's no such thing anymore as effective diplomacy that doesn't put a sophisticated use of technology at the center of all we're doing to help advance our foreign policy objectives, bridge gaps between people across the globe, and engage with people around the world and right here at home (Kerry, 2013).

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