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By Michal Brichta on 02 Jan, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy

The purpose of this blog is to give a new impulse to the discussion on the role of private business in today’s public diplomacy and to open the question on what exactly private public diplomacy means, and whether it should exist as a concept. If there is such a thing as private public diplomacy, what exactly does it imply? Can we simply describe it as the involvement of private businesses in the process of building and maintaining a country’s (city’s, region’s) image abroad, or in the process of advocating for an internationally important cause such as climate change or human rights?

By Andrijana Gavrilovic on 13 Dec, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

In our December WebDebate, we focused on digital diplomacy. We discussed the following questions: how have ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs) adopted social media as part of their public diplomacy efforts? Is digital diplomacy more than simply being on Twitter or Facebook? Should diplomats even be on Twitter or Facebook, or is it time to abandon these as outdated fashion trends? We also explored how digital diplomacy can empower new actors and how they interact with more traditional diplomatic players.

By on 13 Dec, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, E-Learning, E-tools

If you are reading this blog, you probably have at least a few things in common with me. Obviously, you can read and write. In English. You have access to an Internet connection, probably from your own smartphone or computer. You probably have electricity at home, and a fridge containing food for your next meal. You’ve probably finished high school, and quite likely you also have a university degree.

By on 12 Dec, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy, Internet Governance

Nine students have graduated Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta and DiploFoundation. Three of the students undertook a specialisation in Internet governance.

The graduates and their research topics were: 

By Laurence Pope on 08 Dec, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, Diplomacy
By Laurence Pope on 08 Dec, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, Diplomacy

When the conference organizers asked for a quick title for this talk, I came up with “Diplomacy in the Age of Trump”. But no matter how you measure it, an age is longer than this administration is likely to last, and a thorough discussion of the follies of the current chief magistrate of our venerable Republic would take up all the time we have tonight and more. In the end we might be angrier, but little the wiser.

In November, Diplo celebrated 15 years of DiploFoundation and 25 years of research and training on Internet and diplomacy.

By on 04 Dec, 2017 | From the channel/s: Webinars, Internet Governance

The ongoing search for ways and means to address cybersecurity issues on a global level, courts continuing to shape the applicability of digital policy across different jurisdictions, and new disclosures of data breaches were among the main digital policy developments in the month of November. 

By on 01 Dec, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, E-Learning

Diplo’s recent conference on the Future of Diplomacy included a session on the hype and reality of online learning. Panellists and participants discussed whether diplomacy can be taught online, and how. They looked at just-in-time and blended learning. They considered trends like MOOCs (massive open online courses), and the effective use of webinars and visuals.

By Arieh Harel on 21 Nov, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

Our November WebDebate focused on humanitarian diplomacy. As one of the ‘new diplomacies’, it does not only remind us of the importance of new actors, but also of the importance of conducting careful stakeholder analysis. The growth of technology, and especially social media, has definitely enhanced the ability of new actors to emerge and participate. What are the lessons we can draw from looking at humanitarian diplomacy and what is the impact of new actors and technology?

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