By tracking the journey of Internet traffic from our personal computers to big platforms, we will learn about potential challenges to our local (personal, home, and office) connectivity, and monitor what happens with telecom, Internet providers, and ...
 24 Mar 2020

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Online meetings have become more relevant as COVID-19, theglobal pandemic which has claimed thousands of lives,is obliging us to follow social distancing and lockdown rules. Organisations are shifting toteleworking and online me...

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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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An expert in remote participation, Mr Arvin Kamberi heads up Diplo’s Webinar Team. Based in Belgrade, he has been working on webinars and other web-based remote participation since 2011. Arvin has been part of the remote participation team for many i...

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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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The critical Internet infrastructure is no longer a dry tech-geek topic. It has drawn attention from the wider Internet community through discussions on Internet names and numbers (domain names such as .amazon, .wine), the Internet of Things (sel...

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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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It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out. Of course in situ gatherings, including both meetings and kids’ games, came first, probably around campsites and campfires. Interesting to note, then, that the 2015 World Championship Leagu...
 11 Dec 2015

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How to improve inclusion in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) process through online resources, tools, and facilitation was one of the points of discussion at the IGF 2015 Open Consultations and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meetings in Gen...
 11 Dec 2014

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Where did all the people go? The general impression today was that there were too few people in the rooms. With formal confirmation that over 1500 people collected badges, it seemed that only about half were really there … maybe the others wer...
 25 Oct 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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This is a recent interview withAnders Norsker, Chief, Information Services Department, International Telecommunication Union. Anderswill be speaking at the forthcoming E-Participation day on 19 June. Anders, how ...
 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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e-Participation Day - 19 June 2013 E-Protocol and Immunities Breakout session by Dr Jovan Kurbalija - DiploFoundation Protocol and immunities are ancient cornerstones of diplomacy. Traditionally, diplomatic immunities protect embassy building...

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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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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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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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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...
Author: Andreas Sandre

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is leading the field when it comes to e-participation. It has used remote participation in 1000+ meetings with more than 5000 delegates in attendance. Anders Norsker, Chief of the Information Services ...
 20 Nov 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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If you are following recent Internet politics, you will have found hundreds of articles and blogs dealing with the main Internet governance battle, usually portrayed as a struggle between ITU and ICANN. The next big round in this ongoing battle is pl...
 1 Sep 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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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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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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e-Diplomacy Library
 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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e-Diplomacy Library
 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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e-Diplomacy Library
 Tim Davies , 2010
 
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Hungary has been in the news a lot lately, not least with its controversial media act and the alleged erosion of democracy by the current Prime Minister and his party. I’ve been watching developments with interest and a little concern. In a mo...
 16 Feb 2012

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Update: On the 4th Juley 2012, The European Parliament rejected ACTA (more info). Original blog post from the 13th February 2012: Last weekend, thousands of people took to the streets of freezing European cities to protest against ACTA. Typically, ...
 13 Feb 2012

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In his dissertation Valeriu Nicolae takes the position that conventional diplomacy needs not only reform, but also the development of efficient approaches towards the prevention and negotiation of interstate/intrastate ethnic conflict. He proposes that a European Roma diplomatic corps may offer a solution in negotiating more sustainable European inclusion policies as well as in resolving inter-ethnic conflicts and in bringing about a change of attitudes within not only diplomatic and political circles, but also within the majority populations in regard to Roma.

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 Valeriu Nicolae , 2006
 
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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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This report describes the evolution of remote participation in EuroDIG and provides an assessment of the current situation, focusing on the issue of inclusiveness by direct remote interaction. It also provides steps to improve and put in greater perspective the effectiveness and reach of remote participation hubs, as well as outlining further directions research can take regarding the networks of people and organisations mobilised in the process.

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Internet governance research paper
 Alexandre Hannud Abdo , 2010
 
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The paper takes a look at concrete case studies in Nigeria, Ghana, and Côte d’Ivoire and looks at different levels of citizens’ engagement in public policy and how social media and networks are being used. Interviews, questions, consultations, discussions, and surveys were conducted, which led to the discovery that things are happening in strange places and that the potential of social media and networks in citizen policy engagement can only be likened to a pregnancy whose term is already here.

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Internet governance research paper
 Nnenna Nwakanma , 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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The Internet Guide for Diplomats is the first guide specifically conceived and realised to assist diplomats and others involved in international affairs to use the Internet in their work. The book includes both basic technical information about the I...
Author: Jovan Kurbalija and Stefano Baldi

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E-participation does not replace in-person participation, nor diminish its importance. As a matter of fact, comments made by IG Thematic Amb. Bertrand de la Chappelle at the Geneva launch of the E-diplomacy Initiative have convinced me that not only ...
 23 May 2010

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Tweeter is both powerful and risky as a tool for politicians. This is the main message in the Economist article on Twitter. Although it focuses on politicians, many aspects could apply to diplomats as well. As an illustration of the power of Tw...
 10 May 2010

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Thousands of groups meet online or by tele-conference daily, saving not only time and Euros but carbon footprint impact as well. However, my experience shows that public entities often have more difficulty in organising effective remote communication...
 7 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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Current air traffic interruptions are affecting everyone in some way or other this week. Those who are stranded away from home are feeling the effects most dramatically, but most of us are making adjustments of some kind or other. Our own e-dip...
 20 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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I seem to digress ... asking again, what is e-participation? What are the different areas of e-participation, and what are tools for e-participation? How can we define and categorise the concepts? Please post your comments so we can refine and define...
 29 Mar 2010

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E-voting and Internet voting are of course two different things: Internet voting is one form of e-voting. But even more important for e-participation is the point made in a previous comment by Uvais: Internet voting tools offer support to the whole v...
 26 Mar 2010

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E-participation takes many forms, some in amazing quantities of transactions adding ease and speed to citizen and other services. That is quantity well-acheived through technology. I propose that the zenith of quality and the most amazing attributes...
 16 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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Usually e-participation is closely linked to e-government and e-governance, referring to any Information and Communication Technology (especially Internet) resources used to involve citizens in government processes. This may be as simple as making a...
 2 Mar 2010

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