DiploNews – Issue 234 – 16 August 2013
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As summer hits and the heat takes its toll, Pete Cranstron explores how to use Social Media effectively in a time efficient way and gives some good tips worth noting. He also interviews Italian diplomat Stefano Baldi who maintains that diplomats have to be curious. Stefano has been experimenting with web tools and social media for over 15 years, selecting those which he finds useful and integrating them into his work as a diplomat. Currently Director of the Istituto Diplomatico in Rome, Stefano continues to explore new tools and ways of working. Read more in The curious diplomat and social media – Stefano Baldi interviewed.
The world’s attention was focused on the historic General Elections in Pakistan earlier this year, in May. An air of excitement and trepidation pervaded, as the elections signified the transfer of civilian power for the first time in the 67 years of its existence. Paramjit Sahai gives an excellent account of the General Elections in Pakistan from an Indian Perspective.
In a digital world, can digital currency such as Bitcoin be used to purchase goods and services? The US Federal Court has just delivered a ruling, confirming that Bitcoin could be used as money. Valeria Vlasenko reports.
On a different note, Chris Prince Udochukwu Njoku writes that organisations need an IT security policy, no matter how complex the issue is. IT security should not be tackled only when attackers strike, he argues. Read the full article here.