DiploFoundation (Diplo), as a capacity building, research, and academic organisation, has contributed significantly to Internet governance (IG) over the last 20 years.
I have come literally full circle: first as a naïve, nascent, and humble Internet user, observing in amazement and wonder the development of the Internet. Now I am equally humbled to have found myself in a position to utilise the Internet and all of its potential and underlying capacity to be the catalyst for development and transformation in my country, in my region, and in small island developing states (SIDS).
- Tracy Hackshaw, current vice-chair of the ICANN GAC, and lecturer, Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources
Diplo is a global, non-profit organisation that has been focusing on IG policy issues since 1994. As one of the key players in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process, we provide capacity building, training, and research on digital policy issues, and work in groups such as the Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG), the Internet Governance Caucus (IGC), the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), and others. In June 2006, Diplo was granted Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). We place high importance on capacity building and dissemination of information and work to provide resources and tools to those working in IG, to offer a safe discussion environment where issues can be analysed as substantive positions are formed. We do this principally through online courses and research.
Although we are not an advocacy group per se, we featured in the World e-Democracy Forum’s list of ‘Top 10 who are changing the world of Internet and Politics’ in 2009. In 2012 and again in 2015, Diplo was selected as one of the ‘Top 100 NGOs’ based on our impact, innovation, and sustainability. We work to strengthen informed multistakeholder participation, particularly from underrepresented groups and regions.
Diplo’s Internet governance capacity building programme (IGCBP) trained well over 1,500 professionals from 160 countries worldwide since its inception in 2003. Our contribution through this programme to the global IGF, WSIS, the IGC, and global policy processes assisted individuals and organisations in expanding their outreach in global debates, and also included interactions with other international groups – the UN, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Internet Society (ISOC) – and national regulators and governments.
An Introduction to Internet Governance
Dr Jovan Kurbalija, 2012, DiploFoundation Paperback, 197 pages ISBN: 978-99932-53-24-2 Diplo’s flagship publication is used in 20+ Univeristy IG programmes worldwide, and has been translated into 9 languages. Download the latest edition in English or access the online version.
- [NEW] The Geneva Internet Platform, an initiative of the Swiss authorities operated by Diplo, aims at serving permanent missions based in Geneva with tailored briefings on developments in Geneva IG politics, with a special focus on missions from small and developing countries.
- Through our capacity development programme and courses, including a Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy with a specialisation in IG, we assist experts in small and developing countries to get their first representation in IG processes. More than 2000 participants have joined our online IG courses. Alumni of our courses and programmes work in all regions of the world. Meet some of these emerging leaders and activists in IG.
- Currently, Diplo alumni work in positions of responsibility in ICANN, ISOC, the ICANN GAC, the IGF MAG, and other organisations.
- Diplo actively promotes remote participation in the IGF and other IG bodies.We also reflect on the use of these tools through conferences, research projects, etc., and are a member of the IG Civil Society Coordination Group.
- Diplo offers a range of IG resources (illustrations, videos, etc.) for use under a creative commons license.
- Diplo has focused on increasing research capacity in developing countries, assisting reflection on IG-related issues in these countries and communities. Research papers and texts on IG topics, or by area of interest: cloud computing | network neutrality | domain name system (DNS) | cybersecurity | online human rights | privacy | digital divide | child online safety | open data | digital signatures | e-commerce | e-participation | social networks | ICT policy | infrastructure.
- Diplo’s IG Community site has over 1,600 members. Discussions also take place on the IG channel of Diplo's blog.
- We have initiatied capacity development activities together with partners such as ISOC, ACP, HIVOS, the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, and others.
- Awareness-building activities include not only courses and conferences, but also IG webinars.