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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:

By on 23 Jul, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

A recent article on Digital Diplomacy in the NY times has raised a lot of interest. It explores many alternative views about the way diplomacy is being performed by the 'new digital diplomats'. Jovan Kurbalija provides a few comments and a reality check. Have a look and post your views here as comments so we can discuss.

By on 22 Jul, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

A recent article in the New York Times, Digital Diplomacy details the digital diplomacy of 'Jared Cohen, the youngest member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, and Alec Ross, the first senior adviser for innovation to the secretary of state'. The article chronicles some of their work from Twitter to Google Apps, from Mountain View, California and Washington, D.C. to Iran. It makes an interesting read of practical applications of today's digital diplomacy.

By on 16 Jun, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Twitter was a focus of interest at the Malta International E-diplomacy Conference at the beginning of June, and the discussions pushed me to explore more about Twitter possibilities before bringing the topic up here. The first thing I discovered is that there is so much information available not only on Twitter, but about Twitter, that if I wait until I get it sorted out, I will never get anything online. So I had best get started!

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

Hello from sunny and beautiful Malta! The E-diplomacy conference starts tomorrow, and we hope some of the participants will post blogs here to let you know what is happening. See you tomorrow!

By on 28 May, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Digital engagement – with both domestic and overseas audiences- is very much a new frontier that is still being explored and mapped by governments all over the world.

One such government is that of Vietnam, which is proving that the model of open, direct conversations conducted online can be applied to almost any political system.

By on 23 May, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

E-participation does not replace in-person participation, nor diminish its importance. As a matter of fact, comments made by IG Thematic Amb. Bertrand de la Chappelle at the Geneva launch of the E-diplomacy Initiative have convinced me that not only is this true, but e-participation and remote participation in meetings and conferences is very likely enhancing and improving in-person attendance, and will continue to do so to an even greater extent in the near future.

By on 10 May, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

New social media channels and user generated content cause a significant change on the way that political events are covered. This is not only true for situations in which the presence of journalists is restricted, like the 2009 Iranian elections. Content from Youtube and Twitter have also affected the coverage of stories in places where there is a strong and free media. (click to read more)

By on 09 May, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Tweeter is both powerful and risky as a tool for politicians.  This is the main message in the Economist article on Twitter. Although it focuses on politicians, many aspects could apply to diplomats as well. As an illustration of the power of Twitter, the Economist starts with, what else, Obama's campaign, but it also mentions other prominent tweeters including Pinera (new Chilean president), Chavez and George Papandreou.

By on 07 May, 2010 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Thousands of groups meet online or by tele-conference daily, saving not only time and Euros but carbon footprint impact as well. However, my experience shows that public entities often have more difficulty in organising effective remote communication. This is particularly true for large meetings.

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