Yesterday, Diplo and partners organised a Cybersecurity Day in Geneva hosted by the Geneva Internet Platform. Cybersecurity is expected to dominate the agendas of Internet-related discussions in 2015, within the context of the latest cyber-attacks (such as the Sony case) as well as the terrorist attacks in Paris. The event embedded cybersecurity issues in a strategic framework, with a specific focus on the Finnish approach to cyber-defence. More information, including a press release and photo gallery, is available here. A detailed report will be ready within a few days. For Twitter coverage, follow #theGIP Diplo will concentrate on cybersecurity extensively this year, building on the Cybersecurity Winter School for western Balkans. Discover also Diplo's online course on Cybersecurity.
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Diplo is organising a number of workshops on diplomatic negotiations, public speaking, language and influence, and diplomatic protocol and etiquette, from 3-8 February 2015 in Malta. The workshops are aimed at practicing diplomats, civil servants, students of diplomacy and international relations, and other professionals wishing to hone their skills under the guidance of experienced practitioners. Please visit the Professional Development Workshops webpage to read more and apply.
The beginning of every year presents a good opportunity to reflect on the previous year and make predictions. How will last year’s developments – including the NETmundial and NETmundial Initiative, the IANA transition process, the rising cybersecurity threats, and evolving Net Neutrality debate – shape the digital policy process this year? What can we expect in the coming months, and which issues are likely to be a priority? Join us online on 27 January 2015 for the annual ‘crystal ball’ exercise with Diplo director Dr Jovan Kurbalija. If you’re in Geneva, join us in situ at 7 bis Avenue de la Paix, Geneva (WMO building, 2nd floor). Read more and register here.
Meanwhile, Diplo has new plans for the monthly IG webinars. IG issues are constantly evolving, and developments are taking place at a faster rate than before. Analysing every single development can be onerous, especially if there are also events, conferences or meetings taking place roughly at the same time. The plan for 2015 is to merge the experience of Diplo’s IG webinars with that of the Geneva Briefings on Internet Governance, which also took place every month under the auspices of the Geneva Internet Platform (run by Diplo). Read more here.
As 2015 gets off to an interesting start, we interviewed Mark Forsyth, a Refugee Support Services Coordinator with the British Red Cross. His work focuses on asylum seekers and refugees, in particular unaccompanied child asylum seekers. Read more about Influencing UK authorities to act in the interest of vulnerable people. Petru Dumitriu leads with part one in a series of posts on UN reform in which he looks at the relevance of the current mandate. In the wake of the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Biljana Scott looks at Freedom of satire while Jovan Kurbalija takes on Chappatte’s cartoons in his post Laugh and the world laughs with you … or does it? and Mary Murphy wonders what France’s President Hollande is saying as he greets heads of state who attended the demonstration in Paris in her post Diplomatic distancing.
Still in reflection mode at this early stage in the year, Diplo IG community member Mamadou Lo shares a round-up of the IG developments in 2014. In Gouvernance internet : rétrospective 2014 the author reviews updates in the USA, Europe, and Africa. Read more here (post in French).
In The Right to Anonymity in MENA region, Rami AlHames discusses the power, price and ethical dimensions of anonymity online, with a focus on the MENA region, including its main pros and cons.