Millions of online meetings happen every day in teleconferencing rooms, webinars, Skype, and other online facilities. The nature and dynamics of meetings have been changing. An important impact of online participation can be a reduction in our carbon...
 24 Jan 2020

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The year 2020 marks 20 years of Diplo’s constant work in the field of online participation, including online courses, webinars, and the online participation of events. This year, the Geneva Internet Platform will look at online participation in p...
 29 Jan 2020

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Recent developments related to the Chinese company Huawei – from discussions in some states about banning their involvement in the development of 5G networks (overview available in the April issue of the GIP Digital Watch Newsletter), to the Executiv...
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Diplo offers three interactive postgraduate-level online courses starting the week of 6 May 2019 Bilateral Diplomacy Diplomacy of Small States E-diplomacy For more information on each course please click on the titles above. These online courses a...
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Diplo offers three interactive postgraduate-level online courses starting the week of 6 May 2019 Bilateral Diplomacy Diplomacy of Small States E-diplomacy For more information on each course please click on the titles above. These onli...
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An interactive online capacity development programme Internet governance (IG) has become one of the most important policy areas of our time. Topics like privacy protection, human rights online, and cybersecurity are increasingly in the focus of gl...

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As someone who has worked in public diplomacy since 2011, I do not remember a time when public diplomacy did not also mean digital diplomacy and, consequently, some manner of data diplomacy. From the beginning, the data we gleaned from social media w...
 6 Aug 2018

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The tech industry of the US California Bay Area has an unprecedented impact on the digital world. In addition to the technological advancements, it affects the economy, policy, and society, and engages with people worldwide. Technology is becoming sy...
 30 Apr 2018

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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 ...

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Digital diplomacy for small states 26 April 2018 | 9:00-16:00 | 2nd floor, WMO building Data is often described as a critical resource of modern society, or even the oil of the new economy. Vast amounts of data are generated daily thr...
 26 Apr 2018

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UPDATES: Read our report on Mediation and AI: Notes on the future of international conflict resolution(19th November 2019) CyberMediation Conference (19th November 2019) Digest and recording of our June 2019 We...

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CyberMediation New technologies for political mediation: opportunities and risks 13 March, 2018 13.00 - 15.00 CET Geneva Internet Platform (2ndfloor, WMO building), Geneva and online The initiative The development of...
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The lecture will focus on various aspects of public diplomacy that are of relevance to Ministries of Foreign Affairs in general, with special focus on the needs of the Serbian MFA. Topics that will be addressed include, among others, new possibilitie...
 2 Mar 2018

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Born (and currently residing) in the United States, Ms Virginia (Ginger) Paque lived in Venezuela for more than 35 years. An educator and administrator by profession, she has 25 years’ experience in business and manufacturing systems consulting. As a...

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Diplo offers three interactive postgraduate-level online courses starting the week of 7 May 2018 Bilateral Diplomacy Diplomacy of Small States E-diplomacy For more information on each course please click on the titles above. These onli...
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Ambassador Stefano Baldi is a career diplomat in the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. Since 2016, he has been the Ambassador of Italy to Bulgaria. Previously, he was the Director of the Diplomatic Institute at the Mi...

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Mr Pete Cranston is a knowledge management, communication and social media specialist, with long experience as a facilitator and trainer. For the past 14 years he has worked in the 3rd sector, mainly in international development, for a wide range of ...

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Mrs Liz Galvez was a senior diplomat with the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, taking early retirement in 2006 with the rank of Counsellor. During her 33 year career, she served in a wide range of diplomatic jobs in London and several overseas pos...

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In November, Diplo celebrated 15 years of DiploFoundation and 25 years of research and training on Internet and diplomacy. To mark this milestone, we reflected on the role of diplomacy in the modern era, and the impact of technology and other area...
 5 Dec 2017

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New! Consult thedata analysis of the 3rd Geneva Engage Awards Take a look at thephotos of the event Read the press release Background The work done by the United Nations, international org...
 11 Dec 2017

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Digital devices play an increasingly central role in many people's lives and analogue tools are becoming quickly outdated. Phone books, travel agencies, and taxi companies are becoming obsolete with the advent of mobile phones, Airbnb, Uber, and coun...
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The European Diplomatic Programme is a training programme, organised yearly by theEuropeanExternal Action Service, that promotes the idea of common European diplomacy. It is a common project between the EU member states and EU institution...
 17 May 2017

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Roundtableon Data Diplomacy: Mapping the Field 5 April 2017 | 10:00-15:30 | WMO Building New: read the summary report, containing individual discussion summaries and an overview of the main outcomes and recommendations. ...
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Discussions about fake news, ignited right after the US Presidential election in November 2016, have continued to dominate the public debate, as Internet companies increasingly face backlash over the spread of fake news on their platforms. Fake news ...
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Diplo offers three interactive postgraduate-level online courses starting the week of 8 May 2017 Bilateral Diplomacy Diplomacy of Small States E-diplomacy For more information on each course please click on the titles above. These onli...
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Filter bubbles describe how our online experiences are taking place in a tailor-made, personalised world that shows like-minded visions and hides views we might not agree with. In 2016, discussions about filter bubbles were on a rise, growing in forc...
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How - Approach The Delhi Digital Diplomacy Day will adress an impact of the Internet on diplomacy in three main fields: the environment in which diplomacy is conducted; the emergence of new topics on diplomatic agendas (including Internet governan...
 21 Oct 2016

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'My God, 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 (I...

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The Geneva Internet Platform and DiploFoundation welcomed Geneva-based Ambassadors for a briefing on digital policy, led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, on 7 September 2016. The briefing was aimed at ambassadors who have recently presented their credentials i...
 8 Sep 2016

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More than half of Internet governance issues are addressed in Geneva, from cybersecurity, to intellectual property and from child safety to human rights. To become optimally prepared for the upcoming digital policy discussions, the Geneva Internet Pl...
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Rogers’ diffusion of innovations curve and Gartner’s hype cycle help explain the crucial interplay between the possibilities that are offered by digital tools, and the realities of technology perception and adoption at diplomatic services. This blog ...
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The symposium, organised by the Telecommunication Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and hosted by the Communications Authority of Kenya, will take place on 6-8 September, with pre-events on 5 September. The CBS is ...
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Earn an accredited Master’s degree without taking time off work. The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy guides working diplomats and international relations professionals through the theoretical and practical building blocks of ...

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E-diplomacy walks the line between continuity and change in our digital era. Diplomatic activities are increasingly supported by Internet and digital tools, and other information and communications technologies (ICTs). Diplomats rely on the Intern...
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The use of online tools together with traditional diplomatic approaches is how Saint Kitts and Nevis can ensure representation in multilateral diplomacy in Geneva and globally, Dr Jovan Kurbalija said during an e-diplomacy workshop for diplomats of t...
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The complexity of international relations has forced states to change how they conduct diplomacy institutionally. There has been growing debate about the proliferation of a kind of diplomacy that occurs through the activities of civil society. To the...
 25 Mar 2016

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The number of active users on social networks has increased exponentially over the past few years. If we take Facebook and Twitter, for instance, the number of monthly users surpasses the one billionmark. Diplomats have long realised that in...
 23 Mar 2016

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Observation and participation are two different things. With the emergence of television in late 50’s people were mesmerized with this new technology which allowed them to observe things that had been unreachable so far in their lifetimes. O...
 3 Mar 2016

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The Asia-Europe Public Diplomacy Training Initiative has been set up in 2013 by the DiploFoundation, the Asia-Europe Foundation, and the National Centre for Research on Europe – University of Canterbury, to help to promote and facilitate skills...
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Asia Cyber Diplomacy Workshop Diplomacy: Between Tradition and Innovation Date: 28–29 August 2015 Venue: Bangkok, Pullman Bangkok Hotel G Organised by DiploFoundation in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the N...
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More than 40 diplomats, computer specialists and academics addressed the impact of the Internet on the changing landscape in which diplomacy operates (geo-politics, economy), the emergence of new Internet topics on diplomatic agendas (cybersecurity, ...
 29 Jun 2015

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The Diplomatic School of Armenia is organising an international conference on Digital Diplomacy, aimed primarily at colleagues representing diplomatic schools, academies and training institutions of Ministries of Foreign Affairs. This international e...
 11 May 2015

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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, and how to keep up with the content policy dynamics. These and many other questions w...
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[Update] The photo gallery for the Digital Diplomacy event (morning) is here; the photo gallery for the workshop (afternoon) is here [Update] Dr Jovan Kurbalija's presentation from the morning event is here [Update] Press release by the Ministry of...
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Jovan Kurbalija, Diplo Director, has been tweeting live updates from 1914, marking the suddenly acceleration of history after the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand on 28 July 1914. "Slow developments taking months, if not years, evol...
 4 Aug 2014

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If Benjamin Franklin, the first diplomat to represent the US, were able to time-travel his way here, he might choose to paraphrase himself: “either tweet something worth reading, or do something worth tweeting.” (Guest blog by Timor El-D...
 5 Jun 2014

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So we all like a good laugh, especially at the expense of important people, which is why pricking pomposity and mocking self-importance has become such a popular sport online (and why anxious, threatened politicians who wish for a more controlled wor...
 7 Mar 2014

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"Twitter share price plummets", crowed a host of articles earlier this month, playing to our collective schadenfreude over hyper-successful dot.com.2 companies like Twitter. A 24% fall in share price is certainly more than a wobble, althoug...
 20 Feb 2014

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Peacetime Regime for State Activities in Cyberspace (ed by Katharine Ziolkowski)  covers in a multi-disciplinary approach the technical, legal, policy and diplomacy aspects of State activities in cyberspace during peacetime. It consists of 23 chapters of academic nature, elaborated by 24 authors specialised in the respective areas of expertise. Diplo's Dr Jovan Kurbalija contributed this chapter on E-diplomacy and Diplomatic Law in the Internet Era.

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There are only 24 hours in a day. Nothing we can do will change that. And for some, 24 hours might seem like an eternity; for me, it's never enough. My to-do list seems to grow instead of shrink and one fleeting moment last week where it had only...
 27 Jan 2014

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Among various ‘endisms’ associated with the Internet, the ‘end of hierarchy’ is one of the most repeated and enduring. Hundreds of articles and books have been written based on two false assumptions: The first is that society was hierarchically or...
 17 Jan 2014

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New Media is a broad term that can refer to everything from interactive photo and video displays to social blogging platforms, and those who are able to integrate all types of media into compelling narratives will be the most successful journalists. ...
 6 Jan 2014

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I might have been a little provocative in my blog-post about 'nonsense numbers' in the tracking of online reach and engagement, but the reactions suggest that some people at least agreed with my cynicism. In this post I summarise a couple of ...
 12 Dec 2013

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The Foraus 2013 Seminar, under the motto 'Young Vision for Swiss Foreign Policy' gathered young diplomats, researchers, and others interested in the question of diplomacy and foreign policy. The e-diplomacy session attracted a lot of attentio...
 2 Nov 2013

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News of the laying of a BRICS-cable triggered public attention as news of laying telegraph cables did a century ago. The ‘cable rush’ by Britain, Germany and France – then major industrial and colonial powers – heralded the start of cable geo-politic...
 7 Oct 2013

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As vocabularies go, I think mine is relatively broad. I like words and savour them like a wine connoisseur might savour a good wine. When I find a new one, I say it aloud over and over, getting a feel for how it sounds and testing it to see if it wil...
 7 Oct 2013

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A twenty-first-century behavioural culture shock often experienced is that of the difference in screening phone calls as opposed to picking up the phone, regardless of the setting. I am used to playing 'phone tag': exchanging voice mess...
 3 Oct 2013

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How long can you leave an email unanswered without causing offence to the sender? Should you block your official email at the end of the working week, or like German car manufacturer Daimler, for the whole of your summer vacation? How far can you exp...
 2 Oct 2013

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Poll on attitudes to e-diplomacy post-Snowden: to the right of this blog is a poll to help us gauge the impact of the continuing events triggered by Edward Snowden's leaks to the UK Guardian about the kind of social sharing we didn't want. I ...
 16 Sep 2013

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It’s not a gun that kills someone; it’s the person who pulls the trigger. It’s not Facebook or e-mail that ruins people’s lives, it’s the person who posts the message – or worse still, mindlessly forwards and share...
 30 Aug 2013

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Over the course of the last couple of months, I must have read close to 40 crime novels by everyone from Michael Connelly to Val McDermid. I’ve noticed that I’m becoming increasingly paranoid; my imagination is running away with me. Holes...
 29 Aug 2013

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Recently, I made a phone call to a restaurant to check if their renovations were complete and whether they had re-opened for business. After a few rings, I was directed to their answering machine. I followed that up by searching for them ...
 26 Aug 2013

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In a recent opinion piece in The Guardian, Professor John Naughton of the Open university argues that the biggest story to come out of the Snowden NSA revelations is that the days of the internet as a truly global network are numbered. “It was alw...
 23 Aug 2013

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'Advice on how to use Social Media effectively in a way that isn't massively time consuming' was the question on an excellent LinkedIn group 'Social Media for Nonprofit Organizations'(54K members). There are two lessons ther...
 14 Aug 2013

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"Diplomats have to be curious", says Stefano Baldi in this interview. Stefano has been experimenting with web tools and social media for over 15 years, selecting those which he finds useful and integrating them into his work as a diplomat. ...
 7 Aug 2013

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“The net is finished as a global network” wrote John Naughton this weekend, in a major UK Sunday newspaper, which, ironically, is part of the British press which he rages have lost the plot in their reporting of the NSA/PRISM revelations ...
 31 Jul 2013

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Wikipedia is the most popular encyclopedia of our time. It influences public understanding of events and it is a relevant platform for public diplomacy. This blog post addresses the way Wikipedia coverage has reflected unfolding political development...
 12 Jul 2013

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Webinar Announcement Following real-world cyber-conflict cases (such as the attacks on Estonia and Georgia and the reactions of NATO, the Stuxnet virus, US-China alleges on cyber-espionage, etc) diplomats are also growingly faced with cyber-securi...
 12 Jul 2013

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Social media has taken the world by storm. Citizen journalists are increasing pressure on diplomats to deliver timely and accurate reporting of what is happening on the ground. A recent survey of 105 practising diplomats from five regions: Americas, ...
 3 Jul 2013

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So of course there's no such thing anymore as effective diplomacy that doesn't put a sophisticated use of technology at the center of all we're doing to help advance our foreign policy objectives, bridge gaps between people across the glo...
 1 Jul 2013

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A two-hours session on e-diplomacy was organised within the 6th Montenegro Summer School for Young Diplomats “Gavro Vukovic”, gathering some 50 young representatives of MFA services of over 30 countries. An innovative delivery concept was...
 30 Jun 2013

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Say 'digital assets' and instantly eyes glaze, in a way wearily familiar to those of us who try and interest our friends and family in the details of the technologies we all rely on. And the deafening media roar over the revelations about PRI...
 21 Jun 2013

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(Indicated times are CET - Central European Time) AUDIENCE Thanks to broadcast and remote participation options, the outreach of the event was beyond Geneva. Participants mainly included: Diplomats from permanent missions, representativ...
 19 Jun 2013

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In his recent guest blog, Giulio Quaggiotto, UNDP argues that citizen engagement is more about design than technology. This is particularly relevant for Diplo’s E-Participation day conference where we will discover how governments, internation...
 17 Jun 2013

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The short answer is YES! A bit longer answer could be prompted by questions… why, over the last few days, have we not heard news about ambassadors presenting demarches in Washington, with reasonable doubts whether their e-mails have been inter...
 13 Jun 2013

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"The growth in social media represents a shift in power from traditional top-down communication to the individual. For the first time in history, anybody (given access to the technology and digital literacy) can potentially make their voices heard an...
 12 Jun 2013

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"Open Data is a simple concept. Organisations holding datasets should place them online, in machine-readable formats, and under licenses that let anyone re-use them. Advocates explain that this brings a myriad of benefits. For example, rather than fi...
 10 Jun 2013

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At a breakfast meeting in one of Budapest's older, more established restaurants during the week, I was surprised to see a notice on the table asking guests to refrain from using laptops in the restaurant after 7pm. No reason given. Just a polite ...
 8 Jun 2013

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On the international level, online channels create new possibilities for overcoming barriers to participation, such as a lack of human and financial resources, or environmental constraints, which may affect both non-governmental actors and actors fro...
 7 Jun 2013

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E-participation is a buzzword right now, on everybody's mind and agenda, it seems. Those who know me will not be surprised to read the following statement: Remote participation embodies the best of e-participation, and when remote participation is no...
 5 Jun 2013

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This text on e-politeness is dedicated to those who have been waiting for me to reply to their e-mail for weeks, and to those who did not reply to my e-mails for weeks; to those on whose great blog posts I did not leave a comment (apologies to Aldo!!...
 3 Jun 2013

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Open Gov / Open Data initiatives are more relevant in a national context than at an international level. This was the motion for the third debate that took place on 21 May 2013 during Diplo’s E-Participation Webinar. The recording of this debate is ...
 26 May 2013

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Renaissance diplomacy developed between Italian city-states. Relationships between these states were influenced by two key elements: no hegemonic power and a strong interest in cooperating and solving problems through peaceful means. Like Byzantine i...
 24 May 2013

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The E-participation webinar is 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). In a similar fashion to the Online Learning Day, the E-participation ...
 21 May 2013

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This post describes the latest stage in our continuing experiments using open tools and video to support online events and learning. On Wednesday 17 April 2013 we at Diplo discussed some key online learning questions: is social media an integrated pa...
 8 May 2013

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Who should apply?
 Working diplomats, professionals involved in international relations, and others who wish to learn about new topics in the field of diplomacy or expand and refresh their knowledge of more traditional topics. 

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 6 May 2013

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The 6th "Excellence in Diplomacy - Young Leadership Diplomatic Seminar" was organised by the Diplomatic Academy "Koča Popović" of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia. The seminar has gathered over 40 of the b...
 24 Apr 2013

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been around in various forms since 2008.However,The New York Times dubbed 2012 as ‘The Year of the MOOC’ due to the vast expansion in the number of courses offered by main providers (Coursera, EdX,...
 24 Apr 2013

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Twitter for Diplomats is not a manual, or a list of what to do or not to do. It is rather a collection of information, anecdotes, and experiences. It recounts a few episodes involving foreign ministers and ambassadors, as well as their ways of intera...
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I enjoyed Pete's post: Social Media and online learning - is it such an obvious marriage?as much as I enjoyed the original debate, Social media can enrich online learning as part of Diplo's Online Learning Day. This is my response: ...
 17 Apr 2013

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The Online Learning Day was part of the Geneva E-diplomacy Platform and built on the first Geneva E-diplomacy Day (16 November 2012). During that event, discussion on online learning solutions for diplomatic training sparked much interest in the comm...
 17 Apr 2013

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Although thousands of applications are available for PCs and/or mobile devices, diplomats (like most other people) tend to use only a very limited number of them (8–10). Consider the Apple App Store and the number of applications available. In...
 15 Apr 2013

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Mr Stefano Baldi,Director of the Diplomatic Institute of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs,and one of pioneers in the field of e-diplomacy has selected a list of essential tools that he finds both simple to use and effective. In our...
 12 Apr 2013

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In short, full transparency and openness is not an optimal environment for successful diplomacy aimed at solving complex problems through convergence and compromise. Let me develop the argument: Ancient Greece is often called the cradle of modern c...
 29 Mar 2013

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How to make diplomacy more inclusive and effective is a recurring theme in the history of diplomacy.[1] Aldo Matteuci explains in his bloghow even the powerful Catholic Church had to find ways to accommodate the various secular interests at the...
 17 Mar 2013

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In my last post, I promised to continue my look at the collusion of corporate efforts to prevent internet piracy, but in the past couple of days I've been pondering Carole Cadwalladr's shocking interview with Jason Russell in The Guardian. An...
 16 Mar 2013

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I have an intense dislike of anything that might interrupt conversation at the dinner table - and this dislike is currently focused on mobile phones, no matter how smart they are. I don't like competing for anyone's attention, especially when...
 8 Mar 2013

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It’s at least likely that you’re one of the over 100 million people who have seen the Kony2012 video. Perhaps you’ve tweeted, blogged, Facebooked (sic – it really is a verb), Tumblrd or passed it on in other ways. The video wa...
 4 Mar 2013

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Twitter empowers users at both ends – both the broadcaster as well as the public – and it allows a level of engagement hardly achieved with more traditional tools. 'Twitter means quick communication & dialogue & easy access...
 8 Mar 2013

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Organisations appear to change slowly, often very slowly. The causes are legion and the stuff of libraries full of research into institutional change. Yet in some ways the term, ‘organisational change’ is a misnomer since, in reality, it&...
 28 Feb 2013

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This blog was inspired by lively debate during the February advanced diplomatic webinar on the evolution of technology and diplomacy. We discussed the impact of technology on the way we think and formulate ideas. In the latest evolution from typewrit...
 24 Feb 2013

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Yes, Jovan, apparently there is no life off-line! I like to think about myself that I am a cautious user of the Internet. Yet, yesterday, I found that I was as sick as anybody else who does not think about oneself of being cautious. In the area whe...
 21 Feb 2013

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Two developments last week triggered the following reflection. First, I decided to go for a half-holiday. I decided to spend half of my day with my daughter and her cousin skiing at the local ski centre outside Geneva and to spend the rest of the da...
 20 Feb 2013

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The use of online social media as a tool to support diplomatic functions is fast becoming the norm. Embassies and Ministries differ only in the extent to which they embrace the new media and mainstream it in their activities. Much has been written in...
 13 Feb 2013

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Embassies and Ministriesdiffer only in the extent to which they embrace the new media and mainstream it in their activities. Much has been written in thepast three years about this e-diplomacy. In this webinar, our lecturer Pete Cranston...
 8 Feb 2013

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Webinar announcement The series of monthly webinars will start with January’s discussion on Diplomacy in the Prehistoric era. You can consult the background document and join us on Friday (25 January 2013) at 13.00 CET for the online webinar. ...
 25 Jan 2013

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"Age is no guarantee of efficiency" and "Youth is no guarantee of innovation". I couldn't resist showing the clip from the new James Bond film, Skyfall, when 007 meets the new Quartermaster (Q), as an opening tomy presen...
 11 Jan 2013

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'We cannot afford to get wise slowly' was the answer from one junior diplomat to my question about how young diplomats, attending last week's Seminar on 'Excellence in Diplomacy' in Belgrade, demonstrated so much wisdom. Wisdom is...
 21 Dec 2012

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Innovation is often seen as something done by young people. The Canadian Embassy in Beijing's experiments with Wei-plomacy have been led by a seasoned Diplomat, Mark McDowell, whose long, distinguished career suggests he probably wouldn't qualify for...
 20 Dec 2012

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‘The higher the budget often the lower the impact of e-diplomacy projects,’ was the first counter-intuitive insight by Ambassador Alexandre Fasel, Swiss Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva (delivered at the Geneva e-diplomacy day...
 19 Dec 2012

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Advanced Diplomatic Webinars (January - December 2013) The main aim of this series of advanced diplomatic webinars dealing with the evolution of diplomacy and technology is to anchor our discussion on the impact of the Internet on diplomacy ...

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Richard Boly is one of the most consistent and successful innovators in eDiplomacy. His work at the US State Department is rightly lauded as a signal case-study for how change can be achieved through a sustained process of development, even with rela...
 10 Dec 2012

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In the early 1800s, John Marshall wrote: “To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.” The longest-serving Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and the father of American Constitutional Law, Mars...
 3 Dec 2012

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The second E-diplomacy day followed on the success and dynamics of the first e-diplomacy day held in June 2012. Programme Team Stefano Baldi, Director of Istituto Diplomatic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Italy Pete Cranston, D...
 28 Nov 2012

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We interviewed a number of people at the Geneva E-diplomacy Day, 10 days ago, interested to see how this audience compared to others. Paul Connealy from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has the depth of experience and range of contacts...
 27 Nov 2012

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Europe has been going through difficult times lately. From economic challenges in several countries, to political crisis that threatens to dismantle the unity that the EU is built on, the struggle continues. Yet, in the midst of this crisis, the EU&r...
 22 Nov 2012

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The International Conference on Innovation in Diplomacy focused both on new innovation areas such as e-diplomacy and on innovation in traditional diplomatic functions (e.g. protocol, consular affairs). The leading innovators in diplomacy, al...
 19 Nov 2012

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Diplo's two-day conference - Innovation in Diplomacy - has started in Malta and promises to highlight some very interesting issues over the course of the next two days as it looks at the interplay between continuity and change in diplomacy....
 19 Nov 2012

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Diplo Foundation is ten years old. More importantly, the Innovation in Diplomacy Conference this week in Malta, Diplo's birthplace, is firmly focused on the next ten years. It might not be terribly polite to sing Diplo's praises in this blog,...
 19 Nov 2012

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Cohesion within a group of monkeys is maintained through reciprocal grooming. Studies of captive monkeys have shown that grooming makes them more relaxed, reducing their heart rate as well as other external signs of stress. They sometimes become so r...
 16 Nov 2012

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The Brookings Institution has published a long review article on eDiplomacy at the US State Department[1]. Much of the report is factual, interesting, but nothing in it indicates that e-diplomacy is going to transform diplomacy. Electronic means w...
 16 Nov 2012

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Geneva E-diplomacy Day E-diplomacy is in the media focus; for example, we hear much about presidents and ministers tweeting. However, many international relations professionals and diplomats need more practical information on how e-tools can help th...
 16 Nov 2012

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The core mission of diplomacy is still the same, but traditional diplomacy adjusts significantly. Can it bring peace and harmonious relations in the modern world? These and other questions have been discussed at a High-Level of Geneva E-diplomacy day...
 16 Nov 2012

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The #eDipGeneva day has kicked off with over 100 diplomats registered. It is a practically oriented event with a how-to focus. The purpose behind Diplo’s E-diplomacy days is to try to go beyond the limited perception of e-diplomacy as a concept...
 16 Nov 2012

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Diplo Foundation is organising an e-diplomacy day in Geneva on Friday 16th, one of a series that in Diplo we have been organising for the past two years. And, rather like a leader in a marathon suddenly noticing other runners appear at her side, all ...
 15 Nov 2012

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As the number of governments embracing e-diplomacy grows exponentially, around the world, the need for more research and training is becoming more and more evident. Indeed, in order to make the most of any digital agenda, it is important to better un...
 26 Oct 2012

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Mocking laughter greets our stories of how email was welcomed as a revolutionary time-saver in the 1990s, when we first introduced it into organisations. Even though for many people their most urgent priority is how to deal with their daily torrents ...
 26 Sep 2012

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The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates are the closest friends in the Facebook world. Serbia is among Austria’s best friends. Georgia and Russia are good friends as well! A map of more (or less) expected Facebook friendship is avail...
 24 Sep 2012

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Diplo Foundation run a second Public Diplomacy workshop for the South African Parliament in Cape Town (18-20 Septemer 2012). The workshop aims to develop institutional capacity of South African Parliament in the field of public diplomacy. The worksho...
 18 Sep 2012

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Turkmeni stallions, voices from South Africa, international cyber-battlefields and 'we can't tweet to freedom': links we liked. As in many organisations, links to interesting, informative or wacky websites and stories pass around Diplo, s...
 21 Sep 2012

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Learning to ride a bicycle or drive a car develops a set of transferable skills that equip us to ride anything two wheeled or drive anything smaller than a heavy goods vehicle. To engage fully online means developing a similar set of core, transferab...
 19 Sep 2012

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Deirdre Williams writes: For at least the last twenty years I have been aware of people talking about 'paradigms' and 'paradigm shifts'. A paradigm is essentially a pattern, 'A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices ...
 10 Sep 2012

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“As the Web grows more massive all the time, it's becoming increasingly important to quickly assess what Internet users are influential about and how they are influenced in order to make more informed decisions,” said Klout co-founder...
 28 Aug 2012

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In Part 2 of a two-part blog, guest blogger and UK-based freelance journalist Alex Oxborough asks that you give journalists something to work with. In our ever more connected world of Twitter trending and 24-hour news, working with the media can fee...
 15 Aug 2012

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In Part 1 of a two-part blog, guest blogger and UK-based freelance journalist Alex Oxborough looks at how to get your communication in the news. What is news? A deceptively simple question, but it is key to a better understanding of how to work with...
 15 Aug 2012

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Blogging is at its best when it generates a conversation that elicits new ideas and garners new perspectives. Earlier this month, Diplo’s Hannah Slavik did just that when she posted a blog asking whether we can teach 20 000 students at the same...
 15 Aug 2012

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Guest blog by Andrea Sandre, Press and Public Affairs Officer, Embassy of Italy in the United States Since the launch of AFP’s eDiplomacy Hub in June and the recent release of Burson-Marsteller research study on the so-called ‘Twiplomac...
 4 Aug 2012

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Diplo specialises in online learning. As a result, people tend to send our director links for current articles on online learning. He tends to share these with me (Diplo’s educational programmes director) and suggest that I blog about them. Recently,...
 3 Aug 2012

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Imagine that, for some reason, as of today all diplomatic negotiations have to be conducted online, through chat-rooms or ‘hypertext’ for instance, and in writing; diplomats start to exploit the Internet resources in full and consider the...
 21 Jul 2012

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Meet the players: Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman writes for The Economist and the New York Times columnist. He's not in favour of austerity measures believing that such programs push depressed economies even deeper into depression.&nb...
 3 Jul 2012

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It was probably at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 that I first heard about the problem of climate change. Or at least, it was certainly the first time I realised that it was an issue of major importance. There was a large amount of media coverage of th...
 25 Jun 2012

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We’ve all heard the expression: ‘There’s no such thing as bad publicity’. In May, Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone laughed off the controversy over the ethics, and security risks, of holding the F1 race in Bahrain at a time...
 13 Jun 2012

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The recent surge of interest in Digital Diplomacy - perhaps eDiplomacy's younger-looking cousin - is the latest wave in the adoption and integration of computing and Internet enabled applications. While more and more MFAs and Governme...
 12 Jun 2012

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Learn about social media and e-tools for diplomacy. Share your experiences. Connect with colleagues involved in e-diplomacy. The E-diplomacy day (18 June 2012) includes: 1) Training session for diplomats: How to effec...
 18 Jun 2012

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The excellent new future-gazing piece from Mary Meeker, embedded below, set the Internet abuzz last week. Her annual Internet Report has “acquired legendary status in the industry because it distilled from the froth some elements of reality&rdq...
 5 Jun 2012

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Almost 50 years ago (7 October 1963), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized the first e-participation session in multilateral diplomacy. The ITU “walked the talk” by opening the first conference on satellite communicat...
 1 Jun 2012

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‘Social media for sceptics’ could have been a subtitle for the coaching programme we have been running with Diplo staff and teaching faculty. Distinguished and deeply experienced diplomats and educators were presented over the four weeks ...
 18 May 2012

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This year we celebrate Diplo’s tenth anniversary, and 20 years since the start of the first e-diplomacy project at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. I have been in a mood of going through old papers, books and messages lately. A ...
 29 Apr 2012

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In a Foreign Policy article earlier this month, Rebecca MacKinnon has strong words decrying US foreign policy attempts to promote 'Internet Freedom': More than two years after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her first speech declaring...
 28 Apr 2012

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Facebook’s $1billion purchase of the photo-editing and display platform Instagram has split the digital commentariat, illustrated by two differing perspectives in the same UK newspaper, the Sunday Observer. An enthusiastic piece in the main pap...
 16 Apr 2012

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Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy, an independent think tank, has produced an in-depth paper on ediplomacy activities at the US Department of State. Titled Revolution @State: The Spread of Ediplomacy, the report by F...
 13 Apr 2012

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In the increasingly interdependent world, diplomacy is our only alternative. Wars do not provide solutions for modern problems, whether these are regional crises, environmental challenges, such as climate change, or the risk of global pandemics. Compromise and consensus are not only the most ethical approach, but necessity.

This interesting comic presents one day in life of an e-diplomat.

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 Jovan Kurbalija, Arvin Kamberi, Vladimir Veljasevic , 2007
 
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The webinar podcast is available here. The 43rdmeeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), concluded recently in Costa Rica, was nothing short of controversial. Our March IG webinar, on ‘Outcomes of ICANN ...
 2 Apr 2012

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The workshop examined the impact of the Internet on public policy making and modern diplomacy. It addressed Internet governance as a new topic on diplomatic agendas: openness of the Internet as a common global resource, rights and freedoms for Intern...
 25 Mar 2012

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The impact of the Internet on diplomacy was the focus of yesterday's e-diplomacy workshop in Strasbourg, attended by 40 diplomats based in Strasbourg and officials of the Council of Europe. Diplo's team addressed the issue from three main per...
 27 Mar 2012

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The destiny of ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an example of the limits of traditional diplomacy and the potentials of e-participation in political life. This shift in the way policy is made was confirmed by Maroš Šef...
 23 Mar 2012

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[Update] Scroll down to the section 'Also of Interest' below to read the webinar digest, where you can also listen to or download an audio recording of the webinar. The new gTLDs programme was rolled out earlier this year. Hundreds of applic...
 27 Mar 2012

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Diplo's 2010 E-diplomacy Initiative consisted of awareness building/launch events in the main diplomatic centres and an International Conference on E-diplomacy (Malta, 3-4 June 2010). The initiative created momentum for courses, research an...
 20 Mar 2012

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Diplo's 2010 E-diplomacy Initiative consisted of awareness building/launch events in the main diplomatic centres and an International Conference on E-diplomacy (Malta, 3-4 June 2010). The initiative created momentum for courses, research an...

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Part II: What is the way to Internet regulation? "In managing, promoting and protecting the Internet presence in our lives, we need to be no less creative than those who invented it." Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, 2004 ...
 16 Mar 2012

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Part I : What is wrong with governments forcing liability on Internet intermediaries? Does the good old ‘don’t shoot the messenger’ still apply in a digital world? Even if, in today’s economy, the messenger earns quit...
 13 Mar 2012

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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.

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 Marilia Maciel , 2011
 
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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 (organisational and technical aspects).

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 Marilia Maciel and Bernard Sadaka , 2011
 
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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 reporting is, why it is needed, and how to report from the events. The international and regional policy forums are not only taking place inside conference centres, but also across the world via Internet tools such as remote participation and social media. It is important to help involve professionals to embrace social media tools in order to extend their personal and institutional capabilities to listen to a variety of other inputs, share their own contributions efficiently, and connect and discuss with others. The handbook was prepared for the occasion of the fifth global IGF that took place in Lithuania in autumn 2010.

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 Tim Davies , 2010
 
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Diplo and E-diplomacy 1992 - Establishement of the Unit for Computer Applications in Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies 1998 - Establishement of DiploProjects at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studi...
 22 Feb 2012

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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:

A. Role and position of diplomacy in the Internet era
B. Internet and the main diplomatic functions
C. Internet-based tools for diplomacy
D. e-Diplomacy on different levels
E. Organisational aspects of e-diplomacy

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 Jovan Kurbalija , 2010

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

In the late 1990s, when Ambassador Nabil Fahmy became Egyptian ambassador in the United States, he decided to change diplomatic reporting from his embassy. Although it was in the early days of the Internet, most of his reasoning about diplomatic reporting is as relevant today as it was more than decade ago.

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 Ambassador Nabil Fahmy , 2011

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Aldo Matteucci writes:

Everyone loves Wikipedia... yet hardly anyone realises that potential of the underlying software for streamlining paperwork in an MFA and significantly improving the efficiency of the archiving system. ...

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 Aldo Matteucci , 2011

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Paper delivered by Ambassador Victor Camilleri during the E-diplomacy panel on Diplomatic Reporting in the Internet Era after WikiLeaks, held on 9 February, 2011.

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 Victor Camilleri , 2011

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What is the professional expertise needed by a diplomat? One should not be surprised that understanding of societal affairs and economics is more important as a knowledge base than the theory of international relations.

Kishan S. Rana, DIPLOMAT AND AUTHOR, INDIA

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 Kishan Rana , 2007

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Extracts from The 21st Century Ambassador, by Ambassador Kishan Rana (DiploFoundation, 2005) – Chapter 3: "On Feedback in Diplomatic Reporting"

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 Kishan Rana , 2011

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In 2011, Diplo have held a series of meetings discussing the impact of WikiLeaks on diplomacy. This paper summarises the main conclusions of our discussions and research. It is close enough in time (3+ months) to understand the emotions, dynamics, and concerns raised by WikiLeaks. It is also far enough – in particular since the media hype has died down – in order to be discussed objectively with a necessary distance.

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 Jovan Kurbalija , 2011

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Rapid development of information and communication technologies (ICT) has lead to significant changes in social, economical and political relations of the modern society. Access to information and control over it contribute to the prevalence of soft power in politics of digital age, and empower the non-state actors in international relations. Contemporary diplomatic service, besides being faced with enhanced roles, requests for extended outreach and accountability, yet shrinking resources, is also challenged with multistakeholder and multidisciplinary international arena. The profoundly planned and well organised use of ICT can empower diplomatic service, especially of small and developing countries, and help it cope with the emerging challenges and deliver its maximum.

The paper provides comprehensive link between trends of the information society and the challenges of contemporary diplomacy. It analyses the potentials of ICT, as well as the related limits and possible risks, in key areas of diplomatic service: bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, consular work, negotiations, public diplomacy and the organisation of MFA. The paper suggests the apprehension of ICT with the implementation of necessary shifts in diplomatic practice, as respond to global challenges in international relations.
 

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 Vladimir Radunovic , 2010
 
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Communication between information technologists and their clients – including diplomats - does not work as well as it should. We know that information technology has become ubiquitous. We also know that diplomats rely extensively on web services, electronic mail and documents in electronic form. Yet when communication does not work well, technologists poorly understand the needs of the diplomatic community. As a result, technical solutions may not address the real needs of end-users. This paper is a study on inter-professional miscommunication.

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Intercultural Communication and Diplomacy. Ed by H. Slavik (2004)
 Eduardo Gelbstein , 2004
 
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In the 21st century, new kinds of challenges resulting from interdependence among states and globalisation have had a determining impact of the conduct of diplomacy. Diplomacy has become multifaceted, pluri-directional, volatile and intensive, due to...
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If there are clouds, there might be rain--And it is raining, it is pouring... I know there are a lot of scary stories out there--you probably have a favorite one yourself (mine is the Pixar debacle where the award-winning movie Toy Story was almost ...
 2 Dec 2011

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Modern Diplomacy is a collection of papers presented in Malta at the International Conference on Information Technology and Diplomacy (May 1997) and the International Conference on Modern Diplomacy (February 1998). Papers examine technological develo...
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A range of issues will be discussed during our upcoming webinar, on 5 May at 15:00 CET, themed Libya: a new beginning or the end for the 'responsibility to protect'? The following are the questions which will be discussed:- After Osa...
 5 May 2011

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Triinu Rajasalu is the Director General, Department of Public Diplomacy and Media Relations at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We interviewed her to share her thoughts and experience in the cutting-edge adoption of social media by the Eston...
 10 Feb 2011

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The discussion, co-organised by DiploFoundation and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, took place on 9 February in Geneva and was simultaneously broadcast online. A number of Diplo students, who were in Malta to attend a 10-day workshop as part o...
 9 Feb 2011

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The illustration of an IG building 'under construction' is one of the many illustrations that Diplo uses to visually map out the complex IG issues. More here. Whether we’re into Internet governance or not, the incidents that to...
 3 Feb 2011

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One of the collateral consequences of the recent WikiLeaks situation will be its effects on Internet governance and policy. The foundations of Internet politics have been seriously shaken. The fissures that did not appear during previous stress tests...
 19 Jan 2011

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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, on 11 January, 20...
 13 Jan 2011

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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, on 11 January, 20...
 11 Jan 2011

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While we are discussing the thousands of diplomatic telegrams revealed by WikiLeaks, it is important to review the leaking (intentional or otherwise) of a few other telegrams that have shaped diplomatic history. The Ems telegram, leaked by Prus...
 22 Dec 2010

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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 has happened… The Guardian...
 7 Dec 2010

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The Internet has had a significant impact on policy and politics. Today, especially after Obama’s e-driven campaign success, it is difficult to find any policy process without e-support and impact through social networking tools like blogs, Twi...
 3 Jun 2010

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The May 25th 2010 launch was held at the Vienna Diplomatic Academy. Ambassador Hans Winkler, director of the Academy, delivered an inspiring introductory speech. He noted one aspect which illustrated that some dilemmas transcend time. His vivid...
 25 May 2010

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From longhand to Twitter Gud aftRnun. It iz plSUR 2 b w U 2day... That is how Dr Jovan Kurbalija, Founding Director of DiploFoundation, opened his intervention with an exercise in decoding the new 'text language' of digital natives (those b...
 19 May 2010

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The UN was the setting for the NY launch of the DiploFoundation E-diplomacy Initiative with core partners Malta, Switzerland and AT&T. Our Twitter followers participated online with this tweet report: */ eDiplomat: #ediplomacy #etools in...
 4 May 2010

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Where better to post a 'Twitter Blog' of the Washington DC E-diplomacy Initiative Launch than in e-participation? Read the tweets, make your comments, continue the discussion! eDiplomat: About to start Wash DC Launch of #ediplomacy #etools for #di...
 28 Apr 2010

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On April 27th, the DiploFoundaton E-diplomacy Initiative was launched at the UN in New York. Welcome addresses were delivered by e-diplomacy core partners: Malta (Ambassador Saviour Borg), Switzerland (Ms. Heidi Grau) and AT&T (Mr. Jeff Brueggema...
 27 Apr 2010

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The participants were welcomed by representatives of the core partners of the e-diplomacy initiative: Mark Miceli, Maltese Ambassador to the USA, Norbert Baerlocher, Head of Communications & Cultural Affairs at the Swiss Embassy in Wa...
 26 Apr 2010

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I was not even in Europe, but I attended the Brussels launch of the e-diplomacy initiative. Not only that, I shared the step-by-step process with our eDiplomat Twitter followers! E-participation and remote participation in meetings are very importan...
 15 Apr 2010

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The Brussels Launch was addressed by the partners of E-diplomacy Initiative: Ambassador Richard Cachia Caruana, Permanent Representative of Malta to the European Union, Mr. Paul Garnier, Deputy Head of the Swiss Mission to NATO and Ms. Marylin Cade, ...
 14 Apr 2010

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It is estimated that there were approximately 4.5 billion mobile phone subscriptions in the world at the end of 2009. This number is equivalent to over 60% of the world’s population. Increasingly people are accessing the internet through broad...
 31 Mar 2010

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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 meetings. In the meantime, v...
 7 Mar 2010

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