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By on 01 Sep, 2017 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog


I started the year knowing that we were nearing another milestone. In November 2017, we celebrate 15 years of DiploFoundation, and 25 years of research and training in the fields of diplomacy and the Internet (at that time ICT). I couldn’t be prouder!

Diplo’s roots can be traced back to 1992 when we realised there was a need to merge ICT tools with diplomatic practice. Computers were quickly becoming important, and the world was changing fast. It meant that diplomacy also needed to adapt quickly to a new playing field.

By on 24 Jul, 2017 | From the channel/s: Data Reflections, Internet Governance

Six months into 2017, the digital weather remains unsettled. Various crises brought occasional storms. Internet growth and innovation triggered a few sunny spells. The digital weather remains similar to the annual forecast for 2017.

By on 12 May, 2017 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Reflections from the Science in Perspective discussion

A few days ago, as I was on my way to ETH Zürich to moderate a session on Internet and Trust, I took a close look at the importance of trust for my daily routines.

By on 09 May, 2017 | From the channel/s: Data Reflections, Diplomacy

Throughout history, humanity has relied on different critical resources. Oil was one such resource, which spurred economic growth, as well as conflicts over access and control.

By on 23 Feb, 2017 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Just as the world’s governments came together in 1949 to adopt the Fourth Geneva Convention to protect civilians in times of war, we need a Digital Geneva Convention that will commit governments to implement the norms that have been developed to protect civilians on the internet in times of peace.

Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft


By on 20 Feb, 2017 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

A European rEUnion is the concept under which Malta’s EU presidency took off on January 1. The smallest EU country will now lead the EU during these turbulent times.

Digital is part of Malta’s uniqueness, something that could help Europe in crisis. Being an island, Malta embraced global technological developments as a way of overcoming geographical remoteness.

In addition, digital found fertile ground in Malta’s key resources: the ingenuity, resilience and perseverance of its people.

By on 10 Jan, 2017 | From the channel/s: Data Reflections, Internet Governance

...the coming year may well be remembered
as a turning point in US and world history.
Joseph Stiglitz


By on 06 Dec, 2016 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The IGF, like any other ecosystem, has its own demography. As can be seen in the illustration, the IGF ecosystem radiates both ways from the centre that steers the process and from edges that provide new ideas and inputs.

By on 23 Nov, 2016 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

This detour from Internet governance to the history of philosophy was inspired by the setting of the World Internet Conference which I attended last week. Next to the high-tech conference centre is the ancient city of Wuzhen. This blend of new and old was an invitation to discuss the latest tech developments using ancient thinking, an invitation I couldn’t resist.


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