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By on 17 Dec, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

As a lot is being written these days about a great man, I thought I’d add a  few lines about what he meant to me. Before I went to South Africa three years ago he was a remarkable historical figure, but somehow distant, belonging to the text I read on the end of apartheid. In South Africa, while visiting Robin Island, Soweto, and talking to people about him, I realised my ignorance. Yes, Mandela led one of the most remarkable political transitions in modern history, but he did much more: he helped humanity to rediscover the relevance of empathy, compromise, and politics.

By on 09 Dec, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

Management of the root zone has been one of the most controversial issues in the Internet governance debate. Since the first days of the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) back in 2002, the theoretical possibility of removing other countries form the Internet – by deleting the country’s domain name from the Internet – has inspired many countries to criticise the USA’s key role in the management of the root zone database.

By on 27 Nov, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

By on 23 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance, Diplo Blog

Today I was an e-squatter, a new type of conference participant. In big events, like the Internet Governance Forum, with more than 2000 participants and many parallel sessions, it’s possible to find a conference room with good wifi connection and do some work back home. My guess is that at least half of the participants in today’s meetings were physically in the room but virtually somewhere else.

By on 15 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Internet Governance

My previous blog outlined the main features of cable/telegraph politics. This post will draw ten political parallels between the telegraph and the Internet, two major communication developments of the last two centuries. Historical reflections are a useful reminder of long-term trends, especially in times of the techno-excitement inherent in ‘here and here’.

By on 07 Oct, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

News of the laying of a BRICS-cable triggered public attention as news of laying telegraph cables did a century ago. The ‘cable rush’ by Britain, Germany and France – then major industrial and colonial powers – heralded the start of cable geo-politics which still exist today.  Despite all the promises of the end of geography and Internet ‘virtuality’, geography remains as important as ever. Are we facing a renewed interest in cable geo-strategy?

By on 20 Sep, 2013 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

When Brazil speaks on Internet governance (IG) everybody listens. Conference audiences shift from browsing the Net and look at the podium. The buzz in the room is replaced by an almost reverent silence. Every word is carefully heard. Brazil is a swing country in Internet governance. As a truly democratic developing country, it has been a strong supporter of the multistakeholder IG model; it has one of the best Internet diplomacy teams.

By on 13 Jun, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

The short answer is YES! A bit longer answer could be prompted by questions… why, over the last few days, have we not heard news about ambassadors presenting demarches in Washington, with reasonable doubts whether their e-mails have been intercepted? Or… the news that some national legal adviser, with the hope to have his/her name written in legal history, is preparing a court case against the USA on the grounds of unauthorised access to diplomatic documents stored on Google Drive?

By on 03 Jun, 2013 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy

This text on e-politeness is dedicated to those who have been waiting for me to reply to their e-mail for weeks, and to those who did not reply to my e-mails for weeks; to those on whose great blog posts I did not leave a comment (apologies to Aldo!!), to those whose Facebook posts I did not ‘like’, … to those… this list can continue forever.

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