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Stephanie Borg Psaila
Director of Digital Policy

Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila is the Director for Digital Policy at DiploFoundation, and the Editor of the GIP Digital Watch observatory. In 2018-2019, she served as Diplo’s Interim Director and Head of Geneva Internet Platform (replacing Founding Director Dr Jovan Kurbalija during his one-year position as co-Executive Director of the Secretariat of the United Nations High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation).

Stephanie holds a Doctorate in Law (LL.D.), a Master’s in Contemporary Diplomacy, and two law-related diplomas from the University of Malta, and her special areas of interest include legal issues in digital policy, human rights, and e-diplomacy. She holds a warrant to practice as a Notary Public in Malta, and is a former journalist with The Sunday Times of Malta.

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Diplo and the Geneva Internet Platform at IGF 2021

Date:  6–10 December A number of Diplo and Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) team members will participate in sessions of the 2021 Internet Governance Forum (IGF). IGF 2021, which is hosted by the Government of Polan...

[Briefing for diplomats] An inclusive internet: Lowering the barriers for access

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[WebDebate #50] Training cyber diplomats: Tools, gaps, and opportunities

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Data economy: human-centric approach at the forefront

The European Union Delegation to the United Nations in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN Office and other international organisations in Gene...

Discussion: Cyber detente after the Biden–Putin summit in Geneva

Cyber detente after the Biden–Putin summit in Geneva Friday, 25th June 12:00 UTC (08:00 EDT | 14:00 CEST | 20:00 CST) Join us for a discussion on cyber detente with diplomats, tech experts, and researchers from ...

[WebDebate #44] Diplomacy in times of COVID-19: The experience of developing countries

[WebDebate #44] Diplomacy in times of COVID-19: The experience of developing countries [Update] The summary and recording of WebDebate #44 are available here. While the COVID-19 pandemic demanded adaptation across t...

Online discussion: Navigating Geneva’s digital policy landscape

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Unpacking the High-Level Panel’s Report: Contributions from Geneva

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Workshop: Intercultural communication essentials

Why do small assumptions sometimes escalate into big misunderstandings? How can we avoid misreading each other? And are we all too hasty in jumping to judgement? This workshop promotes intercultural awareness as a me...

[Webinar] Water and armed conflicts

The Platform for International Water Law of the Geneva Water Hub (GWH) and DiploFoundation are pleased to invite you to a webinar on \'Water and armed conflicts\'. This event is being organised within the framework of...

#Cybermediation: What role for blockchain technology and natural language processing AI?

Technological developments impact all aspects of society. Similarly, they impact the practice of diplomacy. Mediation, the peaceful resolution of conflicts through a third party, is no exception. The #Cybermediation i...

Diplo & GIP at WSIS Forum 2017

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E-Diplomacy day at Malta workshop

Participants at the Malta Master/PGD Workshop on Contemporary Diplomacy are learning about the applications and implications of e-diplomacy tools. Today, guided by Diplo staff members Stephanie Borg Psaila, Mary Mu...

E-diplomacy workshop held in Addis Ababa

The recent E-diplomacy Workshop organised by DiploFoundation on 6 April 2011 was attended by African diplomats accredited to the UN in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the workshop, participants learned about the impa...

Upcoming workshop in Ethiopia

The impact of Internet on modern diplomacy and the emergence of new topics on diplomatic agendas are among the topics that will be discussed during a workshop for ambassadors and high officials of international organi...

Impact of ICT on diplomats’ careers

Earlier this month, Jovan Kurbalija and Vladimir Radunovic delivered a presentation on e-diplomacy at the ‘Excellence in Diplomacy - Young Leadership Diplomatic Seminar’ in Belgrade, Serbia. The seminar, organise...

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...

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Year in review: The digital policy developments that defined 2021

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Apple’s new measures to protect children online on hold 

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[WebDebate #46 summary] Unpacking the EU’s digital diplomacy and foreign policy

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Taking Internet governance webinars to the next level

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The right to be forgotten: from Spain to Luxembourg and beyond

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Access to the Internet is a Human Right

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Information overload?

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IG entering the ‘premier league’ of global governance

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Placing the citizens’ needs at the centre

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The threat of cyber-attacks

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ICANN’s new engagement strategy in the developing world

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Diplo fellows at the Internet Governance Forum

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Illegal online content and liability of Internet intermediaries: Why the messengers should not be shot

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Bypassing censorship: An activist’s experience

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Outcomes of ICANN 43: debates and developments

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Online Freedom of Expression: issues and frameworks

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Young people’s digital responsibility

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Internet governance book in Serbian

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Teacher-student online private communication banned in US state

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You are what you tweet

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Obama on Twitter

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Diplomats on Twitter

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The ‘send’ button: hit with caution

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Cloud computing: what goes on up there?

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‘UN declares Internet access a human right’ – did it really?

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How did the world learn about Bin Laden’s death? Twitter, of course

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Right to access the Internet: the countries and the laws that proclaim it

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To cease or not to cease?

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Internet blackouts and their impact on IG and ICT policy

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E-winds of change

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WikiLeaks three months on: discussions and reflections

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More e-tools: info aggregators, blogging, and microblogging

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Live coverage of E-diplomacy workshop

Follow us on @ediplomat, at https://www.facebook.com/ediplomacy and on edip.diplomacy.edu today, for live coverage from the E-diplomacy workshop in Malta, organised by DiploFoundation. The programme for the E-diplomac...

IGF preparations: discussions aplenty while key positions still vacant

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Our WikiLeaks poll: here’s how you voted

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Google eyes online newsstand

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Policy Briefing: WikiLeaks and the Future of Diplomacy

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How will WikiLeaks impact public diplomacy?

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WikiLeaks: we’re forgetting Bradley Manning

While the world is talking WikiLeaks, I cannot fail to think: what if even more classified information is compromised? Is technology failing us? What we should question is not simply what has been leaked, but how it h...

WikiLeaks and Diplomacy

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Second Committee approves draft resolution on ICT for development

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IGF renewal a step closer: Second Committee to approve final text on Nov. 30

The Second Committee of the General Assembly has just negotiated a final version of the draft resolution on the future of the Internet Governance Forum, a reliable source has confirmed. Our source in New York has als...

IGF renewal: negotiations under way

The mandate of the Internet Governance Forum expired with its 5th meeting in Lithuania two months ago. A renewed mandate for another five years is currently being debated at the UN. At which stage are the negotiation...

Social media: How less (money) can lead to more (impact)

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Waking up to Facebook, six years later

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The 8 most over-used words in Internet governance

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The Social Network: copyright breach or betrayal?

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The next big thing

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The far-reaching Google-Verizon proposal

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Blackberry bans continue

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