DiploNews – Issue 269 – 2 February 2015
Last month, the Geneva Internet Platform hosted the first in a possible series of Cybersecurity Days, organised in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN, DiploFoundation, DCAF (Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces), GCSP (Geneva Centre for Security Policy), ICT4Peace, and the University of Geneva. The half-day event, entitled Cybersecurity – A Strategic View, focused on the Finnish approach to cybersecurity, a comprehensive multistakeholder cooperation which led to the country having one the ‘cleanest networks in the world’. Read the event report here.
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Unsettled weather, fresh winds, stormy at times, sums up the forecast for Internet governance in 2015, Diplo’s director Dr Jovan Kurbalija said during last week's ‘crystal ball’ exercise. The annual event, which discusses IG predictions for the year ahead, was attended by over 80 participants online and in situ from Geneva. Cybersecurity tops the list of the most important issues predicted for 2015, followed by the global IG architecture, and the transition of the IANA functions. To learn what other issues are predicted for 2015, and what the January updates from the Internet Governance Barometerare, read the digest and follow the recording here.
Meanwhile, we invite you to attend the next briefing on Internet governance in February. Read more and register here.
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In the past few weeks, the cybersecurity debate heightened following President Obama’s State of the Union address, the reaction to the Charlie Hebdo attacks, and the proceedings of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos. The update on developments in January comes from the Internet Governance Barometer, a new tool developed by Diplo and the Geneva Internet Platform. Read more about the January developments here.
Diplo’s Simona Cioroiu provides an update from the world of Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. While the price of Bitcoin has dropped, use of the cryptocurrency has increased. What’s in store for 2015? Read more here.
Meanwhile, Stephanie Borg Psaila writes about Diplo’s plans for Internet governance webinars for 2015. Diplo will be taking the webinars to a new level, thanks to a number of improvements. Read more here.
Diplo senior fellow Ambassador Kishan S. Rana held a very successful webinar on 'Promotion methods in foreign ministries' last week. We had over 100 registrations for the webinar and a lively disucssion ensued on the day. We have made the recording of the webinar available:
Amb. Rana has written a blog summary of the discussion, adding additional points and raising further important questions. He welcomes your comments. Let's keep the disucssion going.
At the United Nations, the reform flag has been flying for decades. Ambassador Dr Petru Dimitriu, lecturer on Multilateral Diplomacy, writes about this notion from a theoretical perspective in a ten-part series of posts on Understanding United Nations reform. Part 1 talks about the relevance of the current mandate, and describes to two major vectors which undoubtedly make reform necessary.
Part 2, on the limits to power, describes how the limits should be well-defined, as any confusion may generate unproductive suspicions as well inhibit decision-making. Part 3 stresses legitimacy above all: 'As is the case for all public institutions, reform offers to the United Nations (UN) an opportunity to update and reaffirm the legitimacy of its mandate.'