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By on 08 Jun, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

At a breakfast meeting in one of Budapest's older, more established restaurants during the week, I was surprised to see a notice on the table asking guests to refrain from using laptops in the restaurant after 7pm. No reason given. Just a polite request followed with a 'Thank you for your understanding.'

By on 04 Jun, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-tools

My Facebook page was full of updates on Istanbul on Monday morning and to my shame I hadn't realised that anything untoward was going on over there. I spent most of the weekend offline amidst the poppies and vineyards at the Balaton and then had connection difficulties Sunday night and Monday so I'm only now catching up with news.

By on 03 Jun, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-tools

I finally got online this morning after many hours of connection problems during which I contemplated how reliant I have become on the Internet. My work depends on it. Forget snow days, where the weather is too awful for kids to get to school. Forget blackout days, where buildings have to close because they have no heat or electricity or (as happens in Budapest) a relic from the war in the shape of an unexploded bomb is found and the area is evacuated.

By on 03 May, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog

'Azerbaijanis better start watching their online language. Any unkind word thrown into cyber space may soon result in a legal action if plans to censor publicly accessible virtual conversations go through.' So reports Giorgi Lomsadze on eurasianet.org.

By on 08 Mar, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

I have an intense dislike of anything that might interrupt conversation at the dinner table - and this dislike is currently focused on mobile phones, no matter how smart they are. I don't like competing for anyone's attention, especially when my competition is so intrusive.

I'm not one of the 500 million tweeters (or is that twitterers?) who can pour so much message into 140 characters. I tell myself that I have neither the time nor the inclination to join the rank and file - but truth be told, I simply don't get the attraction.

By on 03 Dec, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-tools

Twenty years ago today, Neil Papworth sent the world's first SMS on Vodafone UK’s GSM network. It said: Merry Christmas.

To mark the occasion, Vodacom SA interviewed Neil by text...

Q: What was the idea behind trying to send a text message that day?

Neil> We were demonstrating that txt msging worked outside the lab.

Q: Why were you picked to send the message?

By on 21 Nov, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Do I have a work e-mail address? Do I have a personal e-mail address? Have I ever sent a personal e-mail from my work address? Or a work e-mail from my personal address? Yes, yes, yes, and yes. Work life and personal life - unique and separate but sometimes interrelated.

By on 20 Nov, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-tools

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is leading the field when it comes to e-participation. It has used remote participation in 1000+ meetings with more than 5000 delegates in attendance.

By on 19 Nov, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Diplo's two-day conference - Innovation in Diplomacy - has started in Malta and promises to highlight some very interesting issues over the course of the next two days as it  looks at the interplay between continuity and change in diplomacy.

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