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By Andrijana Gavrilovic on 13 Feb, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

We leave digital footprints everywhere. Modern society is marked by data which is continuously generated through various devices and in numerous ways – such as through social media, Internet browsing, and through satellite images, among others. This is why some call this the Big Data Era. While big data has become a topic for the private sector, promising greater efficiency and new business insights, it remains unclear what the potential of big data is for diplomacy.

By on 12 Feb, 2018 | From the channel/s: Webinars, Internet Governance

Internet companies’ behaviour under scrutiny, governments exerting more pressure on companies to remove illegal content, and new legal measures planned to tackle fake news were among the main digital policy developments in January 2018.

By on 02 Feb, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Is diplomacy better off with the Internet? This question was on my mind as I was following the Twitter exchange between President Trump and the leaders of Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey. Each tweet escalated the rhetoric and moved us further from a peaceful solution – to conflict – and a resolution of differences, the main purpose of diplomacy.

By on 31 Jan, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, Internet Governance

In recent years the e-commerce agenda has become more complex and has revealed a growing convergence between the areas of trade and digital policy. Diplomats involved in e-commerce talks at the WTO, for example, have been required to discuss the trade implications of a broad range of issues, such as paperless trade, e-payments, data localisation, cybersecurity, encryption and network neutrality.

By on 26 Jan, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, E-Learning, Internet Governance

Two years ago, Diplo introduced a new capacity development programme, the Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance. The programme was built around a selection of online courses focussing on Internet governance (IG) issues: Introduction to Internet Governance, Internet Technology and Policy, Cybersecurity, and E-Diplomacy.

By on 24 Jan, 2018 | From the channel/s:

What is diplomacy? Who is a diplomat? And what is it that diplomats do? The answers to these questions will always be contingent. We can only ever give them from the vantage point of a particular place and time. We tend to forget this when we debate these questions. We also tend to forget that things could be otherwise and that by raising these questions we not only debate what is but also have a chance to rethink how things could or even should be.

By Philip Conway on 22 Jan, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

I am a little late to this particular party; however, in the middle of last year, a very interesting debate broke out between the blogs of Shaun Riordan, Katharina Hone and others on the subject of ‘new’ diplomacies. Does the proliferation of new ‘kinds’ of (or prefixes for) diplomacy serve an intellectual, analytical purpose, or is it just another case of academics hankering after scholarly turf?

By Grace Mutung'u on 16 Jan, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, Diplomacy

Many issues in Internet governance are discussed on both the global and regional levels. For example, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) makes policy on domain names, while the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) discusses a wide range of infrastructural, economic and cultural issues about the Internet.

By on 11 Jan, 2018 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

A Briefing Paper based on the this text is available for download in PDF format.

The year 2018 represents a tipping point for the Internet and its governance. Processes that have been evolving are now starting to mature. Policy decisions are needed. If Internet governance is consumed by inertia or controlled by the invisible hand of the market, the Internet is likely to fragment into numerous national and commercial Internet(s).

By Félix Blanc and Florence Poznanski on 08 Jan, 2018 | From the channel/s: Data Reflections, Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy

Brazil is about to welcome a new submarine cable linking Latin America to Europe: ELLALINK. In addition to strengthening digital inclusion on the continent and reducing access costs, ELLALINK may offer an innovative model of governance that will protect Internet global infrastructures as common goods, thanks to the allocation of indefeasible access rights to non-commercial backbone providers.

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