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By on 16 Feb, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Hungary has been in the news a lot lately, not least with its controversial media act and the alleged erosion of democracy by the current Prime Minister and his party. I’ve been watching developments with interest and a little concern.

By on 07 Feb, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

In a recent interview with Diplo’s Stephanie Borg Psaila, Karen Melchior, First Secretary at the Danish Embassy in London, talks about how she has been able to integrate the use of social media in her everyday work. As a student of diplomacy, I read the interview with interest, eager to see how a practising diplomat is taking advantage of current technology. Most notable for me was how Karen spoke of her social media presence becoming an extension of herself online.

By on 28 Jan, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

In a recent article in Forbes magazine, Scott Cleland introduces an angle that I’ve never actually stopped to think about – until now. I’ve been so busy lauding the fact that the Internet is changing my world that I’ve never given much thought to how the world is changing the Internet.

By on 26 Jan, 2012 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Bitly, the people who shorten lengthy links and make them more manageable, recently looked at what they're calling the 'half-life' of links, i.e. 'the amount of time at which this link will receive half of the clicks it will ever receive after it’s reached its peak'. They look at Tweets, Facebook posts, YouTube posts an direct links and have figured out that the half-life of the average Bitly link is just 3 hours!

By on 10 Jan, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

I’m new to Internet governance. In fact, before the 5th IGF in Vilnius, the Internet was just something short of miraculous that worked – most of the time – and delivered the results I needed – most of the time. I had no idea it was so complex and that so much was involved in its governance. The more I know, the more I realise that I don’t know. And many months later, I’m still at sea.

By on 26 Oct, 2011 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Just condense your message into 140 characters and launch it into the world. Those who like it might forward it to their friends, some of whom might then choose to follow you. You, too, need to follow others and retweet their messages. And gradually the numbers will add up, and your influence will increase. Sounds simple?

By on 13 Sep, 2011 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

A couple of surveys from Pew Research Center conducted in spring 2011 have shed some interesting light on online courses and, indeed, on surveys in general. I can't help but wonder had Diplo Internet governance alumni been polled, would the results have been any different. For instance, according to Pew, only 29% of the general public thinks that online courses offer an equal value compared with courses taken in a classroom but that 51% of college presidents surveyed say their online courses offer the same value.

By on 02 Dec, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

… letting the cat out of the bag a claw at a time and this particular cat has about a quarter of a million claws. As I write, US diplomats around the world are probably replaying every social occasion, state meeting, and corridor conversation that resulted in a cable being sent to Washington, wondering what they said and how damaging it might be. The more enlightened of them will no doubt have already stopped being concerned about what they themselves might have said, and instead, be coughing up fur balls wondering if their informants will be compromised.

By on 22 Oct, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Progress. That wonderful concept that shifts civilisation from one point on the evolutionary scale to another. One would think that by all that is implied in this simple, rather innocuous-sounding word, progress would go hand-in-hand with improvement - with doing it better, with graduating from one level to the next and particularly so when it comes to technological progress. Why then, in this, the 21st century, have I just spent more than a hour trying to sort out a top-up on my mobile Internet? Is it me or is progress regressing?

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