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By on 07 Sep, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

‘Balkanisation’ has become a popular term in Internet politics. It is reported  that Erich Schmidt from Google introduced the concept of ‘Balkanisation through regulation’ in his warning about the risk of Internet governance being overtaken by the ITU during the upcoming Dubai Summit. Coming from the Balkan region myself, and knowing the history of Balkanisation, Schmidt’s warning triggered a few reflections in my mind.

By on 01 Sep, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

If you are following recent Internet politics, you will have found hundreds of articles and blogs dealing with the main Internet governance battle, usually portrayed as a struggle between ITU and ICANN. The next big round in this ongoing battle is planned for December in Dubai at the World Conference on International Telecommunication (WCIT-12).

By on 21 Aug, 2012 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

To understand why the UK’s handling of the Assange asylum case has provoked such a strong reaction in the global public, we need to go back in time – way back. Back to the point where our predecessors first realized that it was better to hear the message than to eat the messenger (see the image). This was the moment when diplomacy, one of the oldest professions in the world, first emerged.

By on 20 Aug, 2012 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Over the last few days, one of the underlying questions in the Assange asylum has been if the frequently quoted 1987 UK Diplomatic and Consular Premises Act is against international law. The short answer is the Act is in accordance with international law (the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR) and international customary law).

A slightly longer explanation should rely on the sequence in establishing diplomatic relations between states with three important moments:

By on 20 Aug, 2012 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy


What is the difference between diplomatic, territorial and political asylums?

Diplomatic asylum differs from territorial asylum in the place where is it requested. Diplomatic asylum is requested in diplomatic missions, while territorial asylum can be requested within the borders of the state that is asked to grant asylum.  A few terms, such as political asylum, are used interchangeably for both diplomatic and territorial asylums.

By on 16 Aug, 2012 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Julian Assange has spent the last few months in the Ecuadorian embassy in London awaiting a decision about his request for diplomatic asylum, which Ecuador granted earlier this morning (16 August 2012).  A few days ago, the United Kingdom warned Ecuador that Assange could be arrested by force. But can he? Can UK authorities enter the Ecuadorian embassy in London and arrest Assange?

By on 03 Aug, 2012 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog

Somehow, online learning re-appears in the global media every summer. Last year, there was a lot of excitement about Udacity, an MIT initiative. The year before, it was Peer-to-Peer University. Do newspapers opt for online learning in the absence of other content (this was before the London Olympics)?

By on 02 Jul, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

We are in the middle of an eventful year in Internet governance. The first six months have been marked by numerous IG events and high visibility of IG in global discussions.

By on 17 Jun, 2012 | From the channel/s: Internet Governance

In this Internet era, we have less and less time and more and more interesting things to do. We simply cannot cope with the number of possibilities available to us. If we cannot choose what to do we often procrastinate. But, tomorrow does not solve the problem of today. Tomorrow, there will be more tweets to follow, more blogs to read, more YouTube videos to watch. Sound familiar?


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