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DiploNews – Issue 271 – 2 March 2015

Diplo at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform are participating in the GSMA Mobile World Congress, 2-5 March, in Barcelona, Spain. The annual Mobile World Congress is the place where mobile leaders gather to collaborate and conduct business. The 2015 event will convene industry leaders, visionaries and innovators to explore the trends that will shape mobile in the years ahead. Diplo's Vladimir Radunovic and Tereza Horejsova will participate in the GSMA Capacity Building Partner session on Tuesday, 3rd March, at 17.00. They will present Diplo and GIP activities to stakeholders. If you are a delegate at the conference you can get in touch with Vladimir and Tereza. You can also read more about the first day of the event on the GIP website.

Diplo's Jovan Kurbalija embarks on lecture tour in Asia

Diplo's director Jovan Kurbalija will deliver lectures in Asia from 10-17 March. The tour starts with training young diplomats from ASEM countries within the Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative, on 10 – 12 March. Dr Kurbalija will hold public lectures in Singapore on 13 March, in Bangkok on 16 March, and in Jakarta on 17 March. Details on Jakarta will be available soon. For more info contact Tereza Horejsova.

Join us: Round table on Open Innovation in the Proprietary World

Diplo invites you to join stakeholders from around the world in a reflection on the impact of the current EU Intellectual Property Rights protection regime on innovation and economic growth, and the future of Open Innovation in the proprietary world. The round table on Open Innovation in the Proprietary World takes place on 19 March in Geneva and will be open for online participation. Remote participants are encouraged to register in advance and participate in the event. The round table is organised by Diplo in collaboration with partner members of the Managing Alternatives for Privacy, Property and Internet Governance (MAPPING) project. More details, including an updated agenda and registration links, are available on the event webpage.

Internet governance developments in February

February was not as eventful and dynamic as January, though a few major events increased the pressure on policy areas like net neutrality, cybersecurity, and the IANA stewardship transition. Last week’s Internet governance briefing for February, led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija and Mr Vladimir Radunovic, reviewed the main developments, including updates from the IG Barometer, which tracks the presence of specific issues in the public policy debate in comparison to the previous month. The briefing also looked ahead at events and updates expected to take place in March. View the briefing recording:

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and the digest summarising the discussion. We invite you to join us next month, online or in Geneva, for another zoom-out update of Internet governance developments in March.

May 2015 online diplomacy courses

Starting in May 2015 we offer courses on diplomacy topics both classic and contemporary:

Apply by 2 March 2015 for University of Malta accredited courses and by 30 March 2015 for Diplo certificate courses. For further information or to apply, click on the titles of the courses above, or visit our courses webpage. Register now to reserve your place.

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Just-in-time course on Internet governance for Geneva-based diplomats

In the framework of the Geneva Internet Platform, Diplo is offering a 'just-in-time' course on Internet governance for diplomats based at permanent missions to the UN and international organisations in Geneva. The course will start on 20 April 2015. More information is available on the course leaflet.

Discussing Internet governance

Many of our daily routines presume trust: trust not only makes our lives simpler, it makes societies richer. The same logic applies to the success of Silicon Valley, writes Dr Jovan Kurbalija. Yet, what can be done to ensure trust and growth of the Internet economy? And is there a need for a new Internet social contract? Read Dr Kurbalija’s article on trust, business models, and social contracts.

On Diplo’s IG community space, Mahdi Taghizadeh writes about Multistakeholderism: A distributed approach to the Internet Governance. He believes that the concept is not mature enough to be used as a standard, yet its advantages can be seriously and positively effective.

On a separate note, Diplo has joined the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers as an affiliated participant. The Network of Centers (NoC) is a collaborative initiative among academic institutions with a focus on interdisciplinary research on the development, social impact, policy implications, and legal issues concerning the Internet. Learn more about Diplo’s involvement.

Follow more IG-related news and discussions on Diplo’s Internet governance channel, and on Diplo's IG community blog roll.

What's been happening in Diplo's blogosphere

'While the United Nations (UN) is built to function on the basis of the principle of sovereignty, it has a hard time steering the member states towards changes which are stirred precisely by a theory of the decline of the nation-state. Consequently, its reform requires a thorough clarification of its potential, in relation to which realistic goals, adequate resources, and rigorous criteria of evaluation can be set up. Such effort should also clarify the areas in which, in this era of globalisation, the job description of the word organisation is unchallenged and its action is the best available option.' In the fifth of a ten-part series on UN reform, Dr Petru Dumitriu, author of Diplo's course on Multilateral Diplomacy, focuses on Development and Democracy.

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