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Jovan Kurbalija
Executive Director

Dr Jovan Kurbalija is the Executive Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP). He was a member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance (2004‒2005), special advisor to the Chairman of the UN Internet Governance Forum (2006‒2010), and a member of the High Level Multistakeholder Committee for NETmundial (2013‒2014). In 2018-2019, he served as co-Executive Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations (UN) High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation.

A former diplomat, Jovan has a professional and academic background in international law, diplomacy, and information technology. He has been a pioneer in the field of cyber diplomacy since 1992 when he established the Unit for Information Technology and Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies in Malta, and later, DiploFoundation.

Since 1997, Jovan’s research and articles on cyber diplomacy have shaped research and policy discussion on the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations. His book, An Introduction to Internet Governance, has been translated into 9 languages and is used as a textbook for academic courses worldwide. He lectures on e-diplomacy and Internet governance in academic and training institutions in many countries, including Austria (Diplomatic Academy of Vienna), Belgium (College of Europe), Switzerland (University of St Gallen), Malta (University of Malta), and the United States (University of Southern California).

His publishes regular articles on DiploFoundation’s blog, and the Huffington Post

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The European Dialogue on Internet Governance is an open platform for informal and inclusive discussions on public policy issues related to Internet Governance across Europe and integrates issues from national Internet...

Ensuring Civil Society’s Voice is Heard in ICANN

The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) and ICANN invite you to an open discussion about the opportunities to strengthen civil society\'s contributions and participation in ICANN. There are many opportunities for civil soc...

Engaging digital actors – fostering effective digital policy – monitoring digital governance

DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform will host a session on digital policies during the WSIS Forum. The session will dissect the complex picture of Internet governance and discuss avenues for navigating th...

DiploFoundation & Geneva Internet Platform at WSIS Forum 2016

Another busy WSIS Forum week is ahead of us in Geneva. DiploFoundation and Geneva Internet Platform will organise the follow activities and events around the WSIS Forum 2016. We invite you to join us. You can also fol...

WebDebate: Is the diplomatic service still needed?

The era of connectivity brings about many challenges for diplomacy. How relevant is the diplomatic service? What changes can we expect to see in diplomatic training? Although diplomacy is still robust, some changes m...

Cybersecurity and Digital Challenges for Europe – The Role of International Geneva

On the occasion of the visit of the College of Europe professors and students to International Geneva, the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) and the College of Europe (CoE), with the support of the Republic and Canton of...

ISOC – GIP Digital Watch Webinar

Digital policy and technological challenges in 2016  What to expect? Tuesday 9 February 2016, 13.00 CET   Organised by: Geneva Internet Platform and Internet Society [Update] View the photo...

Digital Policy at the Start of 2016. A view from Indonesia

Update: Gallery of photos from the event   Tuesday, 19 January 2016 (09.00 – 13.00 WIB) Ministry of Communication and Information Technology - Jakarta   Organised by: Indonesian Ministry of Communicati...

Asia in the Eyes of Europe, Europe in the eyes of Asia

  DiploFoundation, in cooperation with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) and the National Centre for Research on Europe (NCRE) invite you to participate at...

Just-in-time course 2015: A survival guide for radio-frequency diplomacy

From daily use of Wi-Fi devices to global management of satellite orbits, radio frequencies are an important enabler of economic and social development. Between 2 and 27 November, more than a thousand technical expert...

Navigating through the Complex Field of Digital Politics. GIP Digital Watch Launch

The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), an initiative of the Swiss authorities operated by Diplo Foundation, in partnership with the Internet Society is launching the GIP Digital Watch, an online observatory of di...

Public lecture on Internet governance in Bangkok

Dr Jovan Kurbalija, director of DiploFoundation, and head of the Geneva Internet Platform, will give a public lecture on Internet Governance in Bangkok on 31 August. The lecture will look at the legal and policy chall...

Asia Cyber Diplomacy Workshop

How should diplomats respond to today\'s cyber challenges? What topics are on the international digital agenda? What is the interplay between international, regional, and national digital policy processes? Asia Cyb...

Vienna Cyber Diplomacy Day

New! Report | Photos Vienna Cyber Diplomacy Day is organised in the framework of the Joint Swiss-Serbian Chairmanships of the OSCE (2014-2015). Join us for a dynamic discussion of cyber-challenges for modern diplomac...

Jurisdiction and Dispute Resolution in the Internet Era: Governance and Good Practices

Jurisdiction and Dispute Resolution in the Internet Era: Governance and Good Practices is the theme of a discussion organised by the University of Geneva, the Geneva Internet Platform, and the Geneva Center for Intern...

The way forward for the WSIS+10 review process

A luncheon event on \'The way forward for the WSIS+10 review process\' is being organised on Thursday, 28th May, in Geneva, in co-operation between ICC-BASIS, Global Partners Digital, the Center for Democracy & Te...

The Internet as a global public resource

The international conference on the Internet as a Global Public Resource (in Malta, 29-30 April) is initiating a research and policy project aimed at discussing the future developments on the topic. Scroll down for ...

MIKTA diplomacy – current developments and vision for the future

As a follow up on the first MIKTA event in Geneva, MIKTA diplomacy: New dynamism or more of the same?, this seminar will generate input to preparations for the Ministerial MIKTA meeting to be held in Seoul in May 2015...

Fighting cybercrime through closer international cooperation

The Geneva Internet Platform is organising the second Cybersecurity Day, on 30 March, in which participants can learn how cybercrime is committed, combated, and prevented. Together with experts, engineers, and diploma...

Diplo director at NY lecture on ‘Digital magna carta’

On the heels of the Congressional decision on net neutrality, the discussion around Internet governance is moving into a decisive phase. Many have suggested the adoption of a new \'digital social contract\', with Tim ...

Geneva Internet Platform: Successful start and future developments

After the first year of activities, the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) has become one of the reference points in global digital policy. A growing demand for information, knowledge and dialogue on global digital policy...

Round table on Open Innovation in the Proprietary World

The MAPPING consortium, in collaboration with DiploFoundation as a consortium member, is holding a round table on Open Innovation in the Proprietary World. Join stakeholders in a reflection on the impact of the curren...

Diplo director on lecture tour in Asia

The Internet poses a wide range of challenges for modern diplomacy, including: How to protect national cybersecurity? How to govern the Internet on the global level? How to keep up with the content policy dynamics? Th...

Diplo at CONNECTing the Dots conference

DiploFoundation will participate at UNESCO\'s CONNECTing the Dots conference, which is taking place on 3-4 March in Paris. The event\'s aim is to discuss the first draft of the UNESCO Internet Study, Keystones t...

Digital Diplomacy Day – Malta

The Internet poses a wide range of challenges for modern diplomacy, including: How to protect national cybersecurity? How to govern the Internet on the global level? Which social media tools are useful for diplomats? ...

Cybersecurity: a Strategic View

The Geneva Internet Platform, in co-operation with Permanent Mission of Finland to the UN, DCAF, DiploFoundation, ICT4Peace, and other partners, is organising a series of events throughout 2015, entitled Geneva Cybers...

Privacy and Surveillance: An Update

After the public denunciation of the widespread surveillance of our online activities, heated discussion have taken place from the UN general assembly to the Council of Europe parliamemtary assembly through the NetMun...

Jurisdiction in the Internet era

Jurisdiction is one of the most controversial issues in the Internet governance debate: under what conditions can a court in a given country decide on an Internet-related dispute. Join us for a discussion on questions...

[Webinar] Evidence and measurement in IG: What sort of data and numbers are we talking about?

The October IG webinar will focus on \'Evidence and measurement in IG: What sort of data and numbers are we talking about?\'. The theme is the third of the preparatory events for the Geneva Internet Conference, a proc...

Education Diplomacy Day

Education diplomacy is the cross-disciplinary, transnational sharing of theories, ideas, and concepts that advance education. [Update] Please check the photo gallery from the Education Diplomacy Day in Geneva. Pres...

Torino Symposium: The Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem

The Global Network of Interdisciplinary Internet & Society Research Centers are hosting an academic symposium on The Evolution of the Internet Governance Ecosystem as part of an ongoing Network of Centers (NoC) e...

[Webinar-2014] Diplomacy and the invention of telephony and wireless communication

After our overview of the telegraph\'s impact on diplomacy, our next webinar will focus on the invention of the telephone and wireless communication.  The telephone facilitated close contact among heads of state, in...

New Trends in Diplomatic Practice – Cyber Security as a New Area of Peace and Security

South Africa is hosting the 41st Annual Meeting of the Internatonal Forum on Diplomatic Training between 23 and 26 September 2014. The meeting is focusing on emerging practices and new trends in diplomatic training wo...

The Impact of the Internet on Modern Diplomacy

The evening panel discussion (18.00-20.00) was hosted by the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa. Panellists included: Anriettee  Esterhuysen (Association for Progressive Communication), William Masongo (Sout...

PRAU Roundtable on Cyber Security

A Roundtable on Cybersecurity was hosted by the Policy Research and Analysis Unit of the South African Deparment of International Relations and Cooperation. It gathered diplomats, security officials, and academics fro...

DiploFoundation at 9th Internet Governance Forum

DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) will be actively engaged at the 9th Internet Governance Forum (IGF) with the theme Connecting continents for enhanced multistakeholder Internet governance. Join u...

MIKTA Diplomacy: New dynamism or more of the same?

Follow-up event on 24 April 2015: MIKTA diplomacy - current developments and vision for the future   MIKTA countries (Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia) and DiploFoundation convened a ...

[Webinar] The invention of the telegraph and the golden age in the history of diplomacy (after the 1814-15 Congress of Vienna)

Join us for the next webinar on ‘Evolution of diplomacy and technology’  with Dr. Jovan Kurbalija on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 15:00 CET (13GMT). The webinar will address two decisive developments in technology (...

[Webinar] The invention of the telegraph and the golden age in the history of diplomacy

We invite you to continue our walk along the timeline of the evolution of diplomacy and technology. After the overview of Renaissance diplomacy and the invention of the printing press, our next stop is the period when...

From Telegraph to Twitter

The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) hosted a luncheon seminar entitled ´From the Telegraph to Twitter: Is There a Lesson for the Internet Era from the Telegraph and the Outbreak of the First World War?´, in partner...

Development and humanitarian challenges for small island developing states

2014 is the UN International Year of Small Island Developing States. On 1-4 September, Samoa will host the Third UN Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Humanitarian issues, disaster recovery, and trad...

Internet as a critical resource for Pacific island states

A roundtable organised in the framework of the Capacity Development Programme in Multilateral Diplomacy for Pacific Island States (CD Pacific), run by DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform, an initiative of...

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies: technical, monetary, policy and development context

The discussion on Bitcoins and digital currencies, including security and privacy issues, is quickly gaining ground. But what are digital currencies, and how do they work? What is the value of this ‘digital money’...

[Webinar] Renaissance diplomacy, invention of printing press and early ‘social media’

We invite you to continue our walk along timeline of Evolution of diplomacy and technology. In May, our next stop is Renaissance diplomacy and the impact of the invention of the printing press on diplomacy in the Refo...

[Briefing #5] Internet governance in May 2014

The Geneva Briefing on Internet Governance takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. If you would like to get a regular \'zoomed-out\' update of the major global IG and digital policies developments, join us ...

The role of governments in Internet governance

2014 will be a pivotal year, as the future of the Internet and Internet governance is at a crossroads. Major conferences are taking place in 2014 and 2015, providing opportunities to review and improve existing Intern...

Diplomatic reporting in the Internet era Event

Close to 100 international meetings, negotiations, and discussions are held every working day in Geneva, attended by diplomats, experts and representatives of civil society, and business people who must report back to...

[Webinar] Diplomacy and technology in the Roman Empire: a focus on the Byzantine period

[Update] This webinar is now over.  Please read the digest or watch the recording of the webinar: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l_2p-vO3wE[/embedyt]   Webinar Announcement We invite you to con...

[Webinar] Outcomes of NETmundial

All eyes are set on the NETmundial meeting, which takes place this week in São Paolo, Brazil. The meeting is expected to agree on a set of common principles and values, and a roadmap for the future evolution of IG. O...

Official Launch of the Geneva Internet Platform

Reshaping Digital Governance: Why Geneva Matters -- More than 50% of global IG is conducted in Geneva. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the main IG umbrella body, is based in Geneva. Telecommunication issues are...

[Briefing #3] Internet governance in March 2014

The Geneva Briefing on Internet Governance takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. If you would like to get a regular \'zoomed-out\' update of the major global IG and digital politics developments, join us on...

[Webinar] What can we learn from Ancient Greek diplomacy?

After dealing with the early days of diplomacy and diplomacy of the Ancient World, we move now to diplomacy in Ancient Greece.  To the Ancient Greeks we owe the term ‘diplomacy’ (folded in two). We...

Session on Cybersurveillance: Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights

Join us at the session on cybersurveillance at the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights with Assange Julian | Chopin Olivier | Garzón Baltasar | Kurbalija Jovan | Plenel Edwy | Sommaruga...

[Webinar] From clay to digital tablets: What can we learn from the ancient diplomacy?

Diplo\'s advanced webinar on evolution of diplomacy and technology will focus on the Ancient World. We will start with the emergence of writing, one of the most important communication technologies in the history of m...

[Webinar] Geneva Briefing on Internet Governance (March 2014)

The Geneva Briefing on Internet Governance takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. If you would like to get a regular \'zoomed-out\' update of the major global IG and digital politics developments, join us on...

[Webinar] Geneva Briefing on Internet Governance (February 2014)

The Geneva Briefing on Internet Governance will take place on the first Tuesday of every month. If you would like to get a regular \'zoomed-out\' update of the major global IG developments, join us for the first  web...

[Webinar] Evolution of Diplomacy and Technology

This year is a year of two major anniversaries in diplomacy: in 1814 the Vienna Congress - one of the most successful multilateral negotiatons in history - started, and in 1914 the First World War - one of the major f...

[Webinar] Internet governance in 2014: Between change and continuity

It\'s an eventful year ahead for Internet governance and digital politics. The upcoming São Paolo meeting, several ICANN activities, and the election of ITU\'s new leadership are a few of the events geared to shape p...

[Webinar] Public ‘enters’ diplomatic rooms worldwide via social media

[Update] Here you can watch the recording of the webinar: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwB4upwI0To[/embedyt]   Webinar Announcement The webinar will survey the current developments and analyse im...

Training on e-diplomacy for the European External Action Service

Dr Jovan Kurbalija delivered the session \'Latest Developments in e-Diplomacy\' at the European External Action Service (EEAS) at the course on \'Public Diplomacy & Relations with the Media\'.   The course ...

Diplo @ African Internet/ICT Week

At the African Internet/ICT Week (4-6 December 2013) Diplo - as the partner organisation - delivered an awareness-building session on Internet governance and e-diplomacy for ministers and ambassadors of African countr...

[Webinar] Diplomacy and information gathering in the ‘post-Snowden’ era

[Update] Here you can read a digest, or you can watch the recording of the webinar: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_2e9tRq7-A[/embedyt]   The webinar discussed the use of search engines, Wik...

Swiss Diplomacy in the 21st Century – Foraus Seminar 2013

Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, participated in an eDiplomacy panel at the annual Foraus Seminar with Ambassador Alexandre Fasel, Swiss Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, and Matthias Lufke...

[Webinar] Global Internet politics after IGF 2013 in Bali: developments and outcomes

The pace of Internet politics has accelerated. New developments continued to unfold as the 8th IGF convened last week. Join us Thursday, 31st October, for a just-in-time webinar on the outcomes of IGF 2013. [Update...

Launch of the CD Pacific in Vanuatu

Strengthening Voices of Pacific Islands States in Geneva-based multilateral organisations Visiting the Pacific region last week, Swiss Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Burkhalter confirmed Switzerland’s dete...

[Webinar] TV broadcasting and the impact of the CNN effect on diplomacy

Here you can read a digest of the webinar.  Webinar announcement In this next webinar Dr Jovan Kurbalija will shed light on yet another technological device that has had a strong impact on internatio...

Diplo’s programme during 8th Internet Governance Forum

The 8th Internet Governance Forum is taking place in Bali, Indonesia, at the end of October. DiploFoundation is participating through workshops and other activities. Full programme details are available below. DiploF...

[Webinar] Protocol and e-politeness for the Internet era

The webinar, delivered by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, addressed new routines and practices of good behaviour in the Internet world. You can consult the video-recording from the webinar: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watc...

Panel on Cybersecurity at the Belgrade Security Forum

Jovan Kurbalija and Vladimir Radunovic participated in a very successful panel on cybersecurity at the Belgrade Security Forum (20 September 2013). The cybersecurity panel addressed three main aspects of cybersecur...

[Webinar] Radio broadcasting and public diplomacy

[Update] Please read the background material or watch the recording of the webinar: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfDfPUP0p2E[/embedyt]   Webinar Announcement The previous breakthrough in wireless...

[Webinar-2013] Diplomacy and the invention of telephony and wireless communication

[Update] Please read the digest or watch the recording of the webinar. Webinar Announcement The telephone facilitated close contact among heads of state, including various ‘red lines’for urge...

E-Diplomacy at Montenegro Summer School for Young Diplomats

"E-Diplomacy: Between Tradition and Innovations" session was delivered by DiploFoundation lecturers within the 6th Montenegro Summer School for Young Diplomats “Gavro Vukovic” A two-hours sess...

[Webinar] Wikipedia for Diplomats

[Update] Read the digest or watch the recording of the webinar: [embedyt]https://youtu.be/YmdIdpa1-hU[/embedyt] WIKIPEDIA: A TOOL FOR INFORMATION GATHERING AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY? The webinar on 21 June 2013 (13.00...

E-participation Day: towards a more open UN?

The E-participation Day was part of the Geneva E-diplomacy Platform and built on the first Geneva E-diplomacy Day (16 November 2012) and the Online Learning Day (17 April 2013). The event was held at the WMO, Gen...

Next phase in the Malta – Mexico – Switzerland online diplomatic training cooperation

Malta, Switzerland, and Mexico renewed their MoU on cooperation in online diplomatic training. In a very successful cooperation implemented by the Instituto Matias Romero (Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Dipl...

[Webinar] Renaissance Diplomacy and the Reformation

[Update] This webinar is now over. Please read the digest or watch the recording of the webinar.   We invite you to continue our walk along the timeline of the evolution of diplomacy and technology. In May, o...

[Webinar] E-participation

This Diplo webinar took place on Tuesday, 21 May at 15h00 (CET) and examined the role of social media, remote participation and open government / open data initiatives, on International Organizations and Development...

E-diplomacy Compact Seminar at College of Europe

Dr Jovan Kurbalija delivered the concept seminar on e-diplomacy. The seminar examined the impact of the Internet on modern diplomacy and international relations. The Seminar used the EU’s study “Towards a ...

Persuasion, the essence of diplomacy – a seminar

New: Consult the report from the seminar. The book Persuasion, the essence of diplomacy will be presented at a seminar organised by DiploFoundation and the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies on 3 April 2013 (...

[Webinar] What can Twitter diplomacy learn from Ancient Greek diplomacy?

[Update] This webinar is now over. Here you can read a digest, or you can watch the recording of the webinar: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fysFgmc8pw[/embedyt]   Pre-Webinar Announcement Aft...

Arab Internet Governance Consultations

Dr Jovan Kurbalija delivered openning speech on capacity development for Internet Governance at the Arab Internet Governance Consultations. The event was attended by the the Arab decision makers in Internet governan...

Panel on “Diplomacy 2.0”

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation spoke about an impact of the Internet on diplomacy, as part of a panel on 'Diplomacy 2.0' with Ambassador of the United States Laura E. Kennedy and Ambassad...

[Webinar] From Clay to Digital Tablets What can we learn from the Ancient Diplomacy?

Webinar information:  background document | video recording: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyH40kh2B4M[/embedyt] Webinar announcement As a follow-up to the January webinar, which dealt with the very...

[Webinar] Internet governance forecast for 2013: Cloudy with sunny spells, windy at times

Last year ended in Dubai, with concern about the start of an Internet governance ice age. Was the outcome of the WCIT in Dubai the first sign of the digital cold war? Our upcoming webinar will reflect on the major dev...

[Webinar] Diplomacy in the prehistoric era

Webinar information:  background document | summary | video recording: [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm5kaeI72mc[/embedyt] Webinar announcement The series of monthly webinars will start with January...

Presentation by Dr Jovan Kurbalija at the Belgrade Seminar on ‘Excellence in Diplomacy’

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija delivered presentation on diplomatic excellence in the Internet era at the 5th Seminar on "Excellence in Diplomacy - Young Leadership Diplomatis Seminar" held on 12-14 December 2012 in Be...

Second Rome E-diplomacy Day

DiploFoundation Embassy of Switzerland in Rome Embassy of Malta in Rome Embassy of Canada in Rome Istitu...

Geneva E-diplomacy Day

DiploFoundation Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN - Geneva Permanent Mission of Malta to the UN - G...

Workshop on Public Diplomacy: The Rise and Impact of e-Diplomacy Tools (College of Europe EEAS Training)

The workshop will be delivered by Dr. Jovan Kurbalija. The workshop will examine the impact of the Internet on public diplomacy. Discussions will be illustrated using the latest developments in e-diplomacy. The worksh...

International Forum on Diplomatic Training – 40th Meeting of Deans and Directors of Diplomatic Academies and Schools of International Affairs

  At the 40th meeting of the IFDT in Baku, Dr. Jovan Kurbalija deliver the workshop:  "eDiplomacy Training - Hype and Reality". The workshop focused on preparing young diplomats for the fast cha...

[Webinar] Mid-year review of Internet governance developments

We are at the end of the first six months of a very eventful year in Internet governance. What were the main developments, and what can we expect during the next six months? [Update] Scroll down to the section ...

Rome E-diplomacy Day

A brief report from the E-diplomacy day in Rome is available here. Learn about social media and e-tools for diplomacy. Share your experiences. Connect with colleagues involved in e-diplomacy.   ...

Joint Australian-Egyptian Missions informal roundtable on information and cyber security issues

Jovan Kurbalija, Director of Diplo Foundation spoke at a Joint Australian-Egyptian Missions Informal Roundtable information and cyber security (Friday, 1 June 2012; from 10.00 to 11.30) at the Egyptian Mission to the ...

Keynote address by Dr Jovan Kurbalija at the 10th Caribbean Ministerial Strategic Seminar (organised by the CTU)

The 10th Ministerial Strategic Seminar "The International ICT Agenda: Partnering for Regional Action" will focus on the need for the Caribbean to participate more actively in global discussions and within ...

Remote Participation – Opportunities and Challenges for Multilateral Diplomacy

Panel at the 2012 WSIS Forum: Thursday, 17 May 2012 (video) The Internet has entered conference rooms worldwide. Discussions are broadcast globally. Reporting is provided via social media. More and more people are eng...

Workshop on Internet Governance and E-diplomacy

The Council of Europe and DiploFoundation organised a discussion workshop on Internet governance and e-diplomacy for diplomats from Permanent Representations of member states to the Council of Europe and officials fro...

E-diplomacy Seminar at the College of Europe in Bruges

Professor Jovan Kurbalija delivered the compact seminar on e-diplomacy at the College of Europe in Bruges. The e-diplomacy seminar examined the impact of the Internet on modern diplomacy. The seminar started with a su...

ITU/Diplomatic Club Debate: ‘The Role of information and communication technologies in citizen protest movements’

Prof. Jovan Kurbalija participated in the panel debate: ‘The Role of information and communication technologies in citizen protest movements’. The panel debate was organised by the Geneva Diplomatic Club a...

[Webinar] Copyright infringement: from SOPA/PIPA to Megaupload

Dubbed the largest online protest in history, the SOPA/PIPA Strike managed to bring many websites to a halt as organisations worldwide showed their support in the protest against the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Pro...

Internet governance in 2012: What can we expect?

We are at the beginning of what will undoubtedly be a very eventful year in Internet governance. Can we expect a continuation of the main developments from 2011 or will the current situation catalyse the emergence of ...

[Webinar] The ten main Internet governance developments in 2011

We're looking back at 2011, a year filled with events and developments that have had a significant impact on Internet governance. Dr Jovan Kurbalija will go through the ten most significant ones during a special ...

Ten Years of Cybercrime Convention in Geneva

Ten years have passed since the Council of Europe's Convention on Cybercrime was opened for signature in Budapest. To mark its 10th anniversary, an interactive discussion will be held on Thursday, 24th Novem...

Online Course on Humanitarian Diplomacy at the General Assembly of the Red Cross Movement 2012

Ambassador Chris Lamb and Dr Jovan Kurbalija presented a new online course on humanitarian diplomacy at the Speakers corner.   In a 15-minute presentation, Ambassador Lamb spoke about the concept of humanitaria...

Internet governance (in Serbian/BCS) book launch

Jovan Kurbalija’s An Introduction to Internet Governance has just been published in Serbian (BCS). The presentation of the book, followed by a panel session on Internet governance challenges in the region, ...

Diplo director speaks at College of Europe’s int’l conference

Dr Jovan Kurbalija spoke on capacity building for e-diplomacy at the International Conference on Challenges Facing the 21st Century Diplomat at the College of Europe in Bruges on 25-26 October 2011. His presentation...

[Webinar] The future architecture of global Internet governance

Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Diplo director and one of the world's leading IG experts, will address the issues related to the future architecture of Internet governance, during a webinar on Wednesday, 12th October, at 15:...

Diplo director addresses Presidents of Parliaments of small European states

Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, addressed the Sixth Conference of the Presidents of the Parliaments of Small European States, which was held in Malta on 6-7 October 2011.  Dr Kurbalija discuss...

Diplo director at IGF prep meeting

Diplo director Jovan Kurbalija was in Brussels on 21 June to attend the preparatory meeting on the Internet Governance Forum, organised by the European Internet Foundation. He also had a series of meetings w...

ICT policy and IG workshop in Addis Ababa

Over 60 representatives from governments, the business sector, civil society, regional organisations, and academia recently took part in two ICT Policy and Internet Governance workshops in Africa. The first, which to...

Diplomatic reporting in the Internet era after WikiLeaks

Venue: GCSP (2nd Floor, WMO/OMM Building, Avenue de la Paix 7 Bis, Geneva; Online (if you would like to join us online, please register here) Panellists: Ambassador Victor Camilleri, Permanent Represe...

WikiLeaks and the Future of Diplomacy

Three different – at times convergent – perspectives on the way WikiLeaks has affected diplomacy emerged during the policy briefing on ‘WikiLeaks and the Future of Diplomacy’ held at GSCP, Geneva, and online, ...

E-diplomacy and e-governance seminars for government officials

Two seminars on e-diplomacy and e-governance were recently held in Belgrade and Podgorica for diplomats and government officials from Serbia and Montenegro. The seminars were organised and supported by the Vienna Dipl...

*Le Bicorne et la Plume* book presentation

Thursday, 18th November 2010, Bern, Switzerland: Le Bicorne et la Plume, a book about Swiss diplomats as writers, was presented to Ambassador Georges Martin, Head of Political Secretariat of the Swiss Department of Fo...

Vienna Launch of E-diplomacy Initiative

The launch of E-diplomacy Initiative of DiploFoundation was organised in cooperation with Vienna Diplomatic Academy. The  May 25th 2010 launch was held at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy. Ambassador Hans Winkler, dire...

Geneva Launch of E-diplomacy Initiative

In front of a beautiful panoramic view of Geneva, the DiploFoundation E-diplomacy Initiative was launched at the World Meteorological Organization Building with over 60 diplomats from UN missions and other participant...

New York Launch of E-diplomacy Initiative

The Third in a series of launching events of the E-diplomacy Initiative was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Organized by the Permanent Missions of Malta and Switzerland to the United Nations in pa...

Washington DC E-diplomacy Initiative Launch

The Washington DC e-Diplomacy Initiative launch was held at the AT&T Innovation Center in Washington. The participants were welcomed by representatives of the core partners of the e-diplomacy initiative:  ...

Brussels E-Diplomacy Initiative Launch

What's e-diplomacy? How can web tools help diplomats in their every day activities? What are the most recent developments in this field? And, at the end of the day, why should diplomats care about that. These are...

Can the United Nations be Taught?

Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation, was an invited panellist at the presentation of a publication from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna: \"Can the United Nations be Taught?\" The book compiles contributi...

Diplo Among “Top 10 Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics” for 2009

On October 22, at the World e-Democracy Forum award ceremony in the French National Assembly, DiploFoundation received a prestigious award for its capacity development in Internet governance. Other laureates for 2...

10 Years of Diplomatic Training – Publication Launch

The Commonwealth Secretariat hosted the launch of Diplo’s new publication *Strengthening Voices of Small and Developing Countries – 10 Years of Diplomatic Training*, on June 1, 2009, in London. The publication...

Persuasion, the Essence of Diplomacy –Farewell Symposium for Prof. Kappeler

Diplo and the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies held a Farewell Symposium for Professor Dietrich Kappeler, retiring from his 50-year career as a practitioner and teacher of diplomacy, on 12 February, 200...

Closing Session of the IGCBP2008 in Second Life

Students in the fourth generation of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme have gathered on Thursday, 3 July, for a virtual closing ceremony at Diplomacy Island in Second Life. To enable participatio...

CEI Dubrovnik Diplomatic Forum “Lifelong Learning and Diplomacy”

On May 15-16, Dr. Jovan Kurbalija attended the CEI Dubrovnik Diplomatic Forum “Lifelong Learning and Diplomacy.” This meeting was organised by the Croatian Diplomatic Academy as part of the Central European ...

Meeting of Global Knowledge 3 International Advisory Board

On May 10 – 11, Dr. Jovan Kurbalija attended the meeting of Global Knowledge 3 International Advisory Board. The International Advisory Board met to discuss the content architecture of the Global Knowledge 3 e...

Panel Discussion with MEDAC Alumni

During their annual study visit to Geneva, students of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC) attended a meeting organized by the Geneva Center for Security Policy in cooperation with MEDAC alumni...

Commonwealth Peoples Forum, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

As part of this event, Diplo held a discussion panel aimed at decision makers likely to be involved in Internet Governance issues from countries with limited financial and human resources. The discussion helped par...

[Webinar] Internet governance in January 2015

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How will WikiLeaks affect diplomacy?

Probably the only positive impact WikiLeaks will have is that it will demystify diplomacy. Many people see diplomacy as an exclusive and mysterious profession. While diplomacy is perceived as glamour, black limousines...

The more confidential documents you have, the less confidential they become?

Like everything else, confidentiality is affected by the law of inflation. The multiplication of the inflated object (usually money) reduces its value. There are various reasons behind the growing number of confidenti...

What is a diplomatic cable?

A diplomatic cable is a diplomatic message. The etymology goes back to the mid-nineteenth century when the first diplomatic messages were sent via telegraph. Telegraphs were connected by telegraph cables and the focus...

How far we all have come

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Digital diplomacy: what is new?

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Video-conferencing was a big hype in the 1990s when it was promoted as a way to replace traditional meetings. As with much hype, it was followed by a \"disillusionment\" phase. People simply preferred traditional mee...

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Twitter and the first US Diplomatic Cable – Where’s the Connection?

The first US diplomatic cable was sent to France on 23 November 1866. It cost $19,540 – three times the annual salary of William Seward (then US Secretary of State).  It was probably one of the most expensive commu...

Ambiguity: Clause on aborition (1994 Cairo Conference on Population)

Louise Lassonde (Coping with Population Challenges, London: Earthscan Publications Limited, 1996, 7) provides the following example: \"In the Cairo Programme, various formulations which were contradictory a priori wer...

Is ambiguity an effective diplomatic tool?

Arguments can be found both against and for the use of ambiguity in diplomacy. Opponents point out that an ambiguous formulation in a treaty or agreement does not actually resolve a problem but simply puts it off unti...

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