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By on 16 Jan, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

DiploFoundation is currently accepting applications for course participants for the 2012 Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP12). This online programme is designed to improve Internet policy and IG-related knowledge and skills for participants from both developed and developing countries and to assist them in participating in the global decision-shaping debates on IG. The programme also facilitates community building among individuals with different national, cultural, and professional backgrounds.

By on 02 Dec, 2011 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

If there are clouds, there might be rain--And it is raining, it is pouring...

I know there are a lot of scary stories out there--you probably have a favorite one yourself (mine is the Pixar debacle where the award-winning movie Toy Story was almost lost -- http://blog.servint.net/tag/pixar/), but I always thought that the cloud would be safer than my own laptop. After all, my own hard drive died while I was travelling this year, and the cloud saved me.

By on 01 Dec, 2011 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Who owns the cloud? Is my data secure there? Who manages Internet domains and addresses and how? What is network neutrality? How can states provide for Internet security without breaching our basic human rights? Or can they? Can we have an Internet that is both safe and open?

DiploFoundation's Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme 2012 may not have all of the answers, but it will give you a solid base from which to discuss the issues and to work towards policy solutions for users, organisations, and governments. Watch for our call for applications, coming soon.

By on 19 Sep, 2011 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

If we could do just one thing that would make a difference to our communication problems, to our understanding of the world, to the conflict we live in – what should it be? We could bridge the digital divide – dedicate more tools and resources to facilitate increased participation and inclusion in national, regional and global policy processes. One of the strongest resources we have for bridging that divide is e-participation. E-participation brings people into the processes that govern the world, ensuring that the diversity and complexity of voices are heard.

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!

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