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By on 03 Jul, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Meet the players: Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman writes for The Economist and the New York Times columnist. He's not in favour of austerity measures believing that such programs push depressed economies even deeper into depression

By on 14 Jun, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Some people look forward to the latest series of a long-running TV show. Others eagerly await the next next version of a specific software. Me? I look forward to the quarterly update of the Oxford English Dictionary. June's update, while mostly devoted to super- and sub- words (2500), still has a few additions for the Internet world. 

Take the addition of cybercast - Originally: a text-based electronic bulletin of information, news, etc., published over the Internet. Now: a (usually live) broadcast on the Internet; = webcast n.

By on 24 May, 2012 | From the channel/s: Climate Change

Is it time to change how we communicate about climate change? Is it time to reverse the gloom and doom and create a vision of what might be in a good sense rather than what will be in a bad sense? A dream instead of a nightmare? This thought is not new. It's certainly not original. But it came to mind after reading Steven Nelson's recent post on geoengineering as a possible solution to climate change.

By on 08 May, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

I very nearly didn't finish Susan Tardanico's recent article in Forbes Magazine when I saw her trot out the urban legend that 93% of communication is non-verbal. But I persevered because her topic is one that I've been discussing a lot lately - with friends - over e-mail!

By on 17 Apr, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Vanity Fair has a long and detailed article by Michael Joseph Gross on the future of the Internet and the numerous competing parties that are battling for control of its future.  It highlights as a starting point the December meeting of diplomats in Dubai who plan to revise a UN treaty on Internet governance, but also provides a snapshot of the major interests and concerns surrounding the Internet at the present moment.  Gross's article delves into issues around security,

By on 13 Apr, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy, an independent think tank, has produced an in-depth paper on ediplomacy activities at the US Department of State.  Titled Revolution @State:  The Spread of Ediplomacy, the report by Fergus Hanson comprehensively details the US government's efforts to use the Web and new communication technologies to advance diplomatic objectives.  As a result of these efforts, Hanson claims that the US has now become 'the world's leading us

By on 04 Apr, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

A new post by guest blogger, Steven Nelson, a teacher, trainer, translator, interpreter, and writer.  Steven is a graduate of Mary Washington College (BA in International Studies) and Central European University (MA in Nationalism Studies) and lives with his family in

By on 05 Mar, 2012 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog

As Ireland's national day - St Patrick's Day - draws near, and people around the world get ready for the 'wearin' of the green', the papers will soon be full of retrospective pieces on Ireland's recent descent from economic grace. I've been Irish for as long as I've been alive. I may not have lived there full-time for many years, and yet I still consider it my home. I thought I knew quite a lot about my country and its interrelations with the rest of the world. But I was wrong. So very, very wrong.

By on 29 Feb, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

A recent report by Demos traces the rise of populism through online behaviour. Surveying over 2000 Facebook fans of Hungary’s far-Right political party Jobbik, the study finds that far from being the ‘typical angry young men’ so often portrayed in the media, the party’s supporters (or at least those signed on to the page on Facebook) are ‘young, educated, eurosceptic, pessimistic and prejudiced’.


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