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By on 04 Aug, 2014 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Could the Great War have been avoided if leaders had gotten together and negotiated in person instead of exchanging telegrams?  In the voluminous historiography of the origins of WWI, there is a very little on the role of the telegraph.  Today, as Twitter takes its place conference rooms, we can learn a lot from the failure of telegraph diplomacy one century ago.

By on 19 Jun, 2014 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Trust (or the lack thereof) is a frequent theme in public debates. It is often seen as a monolithic concept. However, we trust different people for  different reasons, and in different ways. Sometimes we trust that people can do something (competences). In other situations our trust focuses on their intentions. This text is about trust in online space. It is inspired by discussions at the WSIS+10 high level dialogue on cybersecurity and trust

By on 12 May, 2014 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Two Swedish diplomats, two Raouls (Nordling and Wallenberg) are great examples in the history of diplomacy during WWII. By using only the tools of diplomacy: persuasion, empathy, discretion, and patience, they saved thousands of lives and two great cities – Paris and Budapest. They remain a great inspiration for all of those who see diplomacy as the main way of solving problems in our highly interdependent world.

By on 22 Apr, 2014 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Diplo has a tradition of making a link between major Internet governance (IG) meetings and their venues. For example, when the IGF was in Athens, Greece, we noted the relevance of Plato’s writings for modern digital politics.[1] Before the IGF went to Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt, we discussed the relevance of the ancient Tal-Amarna diplomacy to our time.  

By on 10 Mar, 2014 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

The Internet Governance Restaurant is a metaphoric answer to two key questions in the current debate echoing also in many of the 182 submissions for the forthcoming NETmundial: How to make Internet governance (IG) legitimate? How to grasp the complexity of IG without reducing its healthy diversity?  In official lingo, the IG Restaurant could be called a global IG clearing house, or a global IG coordination committee, or in techno-lingo, perhaps an ‘IG router’.

By on 20 Feb, 2014 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Last week,  the EC Communication on Internet Policy and Governance brought the long awaited EU approach to Internet governance, ahead of a decisive period in global digital politics.[1]

By on 16 Feb, 2014 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog

Links between Switzerland and the Balkans are numerous, starting with those that are easily visible. Every Christmas and Easter, thousands of cars with Swiss plates carry families to their home countries for the holidays. Swiss cuckoo clocks hang on the walls of many houses in the Balkans.

By on 30 Jan, 2014 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

My problems with classifications date back to the time when I learned that a whale is not a fish and a tomato is not a vegetable. On tomatoes I got a bad mark for not following the scientific classification, but preserved my credibility with my aunts and other great cooks in my life. Fortunately, my stomach ruled my brain when I realised that I knew more cooks than scientists!

By on 17 Jan, 2014 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

Among various ‘endisms’ associated with the Internet, the ‘end of hierarchy’ is one of the most repeated and enduring. Hundreds of articles and books have been written based on two false assumptions:

The first is that society was hierarchically organised till the invention of the Internet. This assumption ignores that – before the Internet – people used to network through schools, pubs, sports, families ….  You name it, you have it.


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