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Blackberry bans continue

Stephanie Borg Psaila

Blackberry developer Research In Motion must be very busy these days fighting its way through bans. A handful of countries threatened to block some or all of the Blackberry services, after raising concern that local d...

How far we all have come

Jovan Kurbalija

In 2004, when I told my friends what I was doing as a member of WGIG – the Working Group on Internet Governance, they often called on me to fix their printers or install new software. As far as they were concerned, ...

Do we need diplomats more or less than in the past?

Virginia (Ginger) Paque

26 July 2010

Digital 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: 'We need them more than in ...

Digital diplomacy: what is new?

Jovan Kurbalija

23 July 2010

Digital diplomacy

There is a refreshing article on Digital Diplomacy that makes good reading on these hot summer days.  The article centres on an attempt by two young officials, Jared Cohen and Alex Ross, to innovate traditional di...

Is ‘digital’ changing ‘diplomacy’?

Virginia (Ginger) Paque

22 July 2010

Digital 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 f...

Two easy ways to find information on Twitter

Virginia (Ginger) Paque

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. ...

Guest Blogger Tim Hood: Vietnamese National Assembly engages citizens online

Virginia (Ginger) Paque

Digital engagement – with both domestic and overseas audiences- is very much a new frontier that is still being explored and mapped by governments all over the world. One such government is that of Vietnam, which i...

E-participation as an agent of change?

Virginia (Ginger) Paque

E-participation does not replace in-person participation, nor diminish its importance. As a matter of fact, comments made by IG Thematic Amb. Bertrand de la Chappelle at the Geneva launch of the E-diplomacy Initiative...