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By on 13 Oct, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

The Diplomatic and Foreign Service sector, like so many others, often finds itself playing catch-up with the early adopters of social media.

There are serious issues at stake but 21st Century communicators have to engage with people where they talk to each other, which increasingly means social media. 

By on 03 Oct, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Thoughts and impressions on what was said and unsaid at the Internet Governance Forum held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010

Look back at all the IG-related events that took place since the 4th IGF. You may have already guessed: national and regional IGFs are the next big thing. And it’s also quite likely that they will take on an even bigger and significant role.

By on 29 Sep, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Diplopedia is an internal collaboration tool, rightly lauded as a model of using free and open source web 2.0 tools to energise internal collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Change in large organisations is always difficult, especially so when it involves technology. Richard Boly, Director of the Office of eDiplomacy at the US State Department shares some of the lessons he has learned from successfully introducing Diplopedia and a range of other tools to the Department

 

By on 29 Sep, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Diplomatic culture is rich and complex,  proud of the subtlety of its communications and mindful of the importance of time in building relationships, developing negotiations or agreements. Web 2.0 culture is very different, prides itself on immediacy, directness and speed.

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

Thoughts and impressions on what was said and unsaid at the Internet Governance Forum held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010

What started off as a concept paper circulated by members of a Council of Europe Ad hoc Advisory Group on Cross-border Internet (MC-S-CI) during last week’s IGF has got itself promoted as a 'global Internet treaty' 'proposed by Europe'.

By on 21 Sep, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Thoughts and impressions on what was said and unsaid at the Internet Governance Forum held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010

By on 10 Sep, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Loads of articles and commentaries have already sounded their concern at the Google-Verizon proposal, not least due to the likely consequences on Net neutrality.

By on 08 Sep, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Blackberry developer Research In Motion must be very busy these days fighting its way through bans. A handful of countries threatened to block some or all of the Blackberry services, after raising concern that local data first travels overseas before finding its way back to users' smartphones. The bans have been handed out together with requests for servers to be installed within these countries' shores, allowing for data to be routed locally.

By on 26 Aug, 2010 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

In 2004, when I told my friends what I was doing as a member of WGIG – the Working Group on Internet Governance, they often called on me to fix their printers or install new software. As far as they were concerned, I was doing something related to computers. I remember taking a quick poll of my fellow WGIG members asking them how they explained to their friends, partners, and children what they were doing. Like me, they too were having difficulty.  This is one of the reasons I started designing and preparing Diplo’s first text and drawings related to Internet governance.

By on 26 Jul, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

'Do we need diplomats more or less than in the past?'

This is the first question Georgie Day asked Geoff Berridge in an interview at Five Books.

Berridge's answer was very interesting:

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