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Geneva Engage is an initiative which fosters effective links between International Geneva and communities worldwide that are affected by the policies discussed and negotiated in Geneva, such as cli

'My GoLoard Palmerston - 'My good, this is the end of diplomacy'd, this is the end of diplomacy!' - Reported reaction of Lord Palmerston, British Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary, on receiving the first telegraph message in the 1850s

The Internet and new information and communications technologies (ICTs) have impacted diplomacy on an exponential scale. New technologies are now tools for the practice of diplomacy; topics part of international policymakers’ agendas; and variables influencing the environment of diplomacy. In this space, pointing you to a wealth of resources, we explore diplomacy in the digital age by focusing on how diplomats use e-tools (digital diplomacy); how the development of new technologies and their implications are discussed as part of the diplomatic agenda (governance of the Internet); and, how new technologies have redefined international co-operation and interdependence (digital co-operation).

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Digital, cyber, tech, net, virtual, or e-diplomacy?

The use of prefixes like cyber, digital, tech, net, and e- have created a lot of confusion. Despite the fact that they are used interchangeably, there is no common understanding of their exact meaning. While we can agree that all prefixes describe an impact of the Internet on diplomacy, there is much less understanding about the extent of these impacts.

Read also: Emerging Language of Internet Diplomacy


Each prefix describes various Internet developments. The etymology of ‘cyber’ goes back to the ancient Greek meaning of ‘governing’. Cyber came to our time via Norbert Weiner’s book 'Cybernetics' and William Gibson’s science-fiction novel 'Neuromancer'. The growth in the use of the prefix ‘cyber’ followed the growth of the Internet. Today, cyber mainly refers to security issues; e- is the preferred prefix for economic issues, digital is mostly used by the government sector, while virtual has been practically abandoned.

Host: Richard Werly

Date: 26 July 2011

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This one-page document aims to explain the origins and needs of the usage of ICT in global participation, as well as to mention some good practices and potential for the future.

This paper explains main concepts of e-participation, including aims, various aspects, how to participate remotely, as well as how to organise e-participation for an international event (organisati

A Social Reporting Handbook was created in response to the growing trends and needs of E-participation during important global and regional policy forums: it provided useful guidance on what social

This list of themes and topics is an attempt to map the field of e-diplomacy. It is work in progress, and all comments welcomed.

The five initial mapping categories include:

Ambassador Nabil Fahmy on Diplomatic Reporting (Source: The Rise of Netpolitik by David Bollier)



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