As many of us return from Berlin and others return from Thanksgiving with our families, join us for a roundtable discussion on the key takeaways from the IGF 2019. This will be an opportunity to share experiences, thoughts and questions from this yea...
 11 Dec 2019

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This week (26-29 November), thousands of diplomats, tech experts, parliamentarians, and NGO activists will gather in Berlin for the 14th annual meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). As a part of terroire digitale approach, I try to link the...
 24 Nov 2019

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The challenges in the digital sphere are met with a multitude of calls for action and declarations worldwide. In this spirit, EuroDIG 2019 has sent a strong signal on the need for stakeholders to strengthen their co-operation within the digital ecosy...
 26 Jul 2019

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Populism is spreading. The global economy is more fragile. A trade war between the USA and China is under way. And tech companies are arousing growing angst. This is how The Economist has described the start of 2019. The digital realm is mirroring...
 5 Feb 2019

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WHEN Sep. 27, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST WHERE New America 740 15th St NW #900 Washington, D.C. 20005 From the physical infrastructure to the services that run on top of it, the Internet has become a major focal point o...
 27 Sep 2018

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An underlying theme of the discussion during the visit to Diplo’s CreativeLab in Belgrade by students from the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) was on how: ‘Digital art and digital policy are disciplines that deal with the same issues from ...
 21 Apr 2017

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Collective decision making is not alien to African culture. In many traditional societies, decisions were made by a council after listening to the views of different age groups and other societal groupings. In Kenya for example, bodies such as the Bu...
 19 Dec 2016

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The IGF, like any other ecosystem, has its own demography. As can be seen in the illustration, the IGF ecosystem radiates both ways from the centre that steers the process and from edges that provide new ideas and inputs. Each circle in the IG...
 6 Dec 2016

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Internet governance (IG) may be more important to you than you realise. Have you been reading and worrying about cybersecurity threats? Does online surveillance concern you and your colleagues? These are important IG issues. Learning more about IG...

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DiploFoundation is supporting the organisation of SEEDIG, and will be co-moderating a panel on Discussing cyber(SEE)curity: global issues in regional context. A number of Diplo alumni and associates will be taking part in the dialogue. Diplo will als...
 22 Apr 2016

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We generally take Internet governance discussions very seriously, especially when it comes to determining events such as the WSIS+10 review process and the future of the Internet Governance Forum, which will be decided in New York next month. Luckil...
 25 Nov 2015

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Once again this year, DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) are actively engaged at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), both in situ at João Pessoa in Brazil, and online. 1. IGF REPORT DiploFoundation and the Internet Socie...
 10 Nov 2015

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The annual Internet Governance Forum is a much anticipated event by stakeholders involved in digital policy. It is also a vibrant week packed with meetings, discussions, and developments. This year, DiploFoundation and the Internet Society have team...
 5 Nov 2015

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The Zero Draft the ‘WSIS +10’ document was published on 9 October 2015. Apart from expected provisions (e.g. IGF extension, multistakeholder participation, protection of human rights), the Zero Draft introduces some new elements, as...
 12 Oct 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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To whom do we address our concerns on privacy and surveillance? Which organisation do we get in touch with if we need information about technical aspects? Where can we learn about the latest developments? ...
 7 Oct 2014

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Recent references to the dangers of “Internet balkanization” are all over the media. The term has been used to describe a variety of regulatory alternatives being considered or adopted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), B...
 2 Oct 2014

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[Update] The webinar recording is now available here. The post-IGF webinar, which will be led by Diplo’s Vladimir Radunovic, will look at the main developments that took place during the week. While privacy, surveillance and human rights were...
 9 Sep 2014

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It’s over. The 9th IGF has come to a close and by now, most of Diplo’s team are back home or en route. It’s been a very full week with lots of interesting sessions, engaging discussions, and fruitful meetings. Old friendships were r...
 7 Sep 2014

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As the ninth meeting of the IGF continues to debate the issues around Internet governance in Istanbul this week, elsewhere in the city, the Internet Ungovernance Forum is also holding forth. This initiative is organised by Prof. Yaman Akdeniz from Bi...
 5 Sep 2014

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The highlight of Day 2 of the IGF had to be the session on net neutrality. It is one of the hottest topics for this IGF. As expected, the session was controversial, even though it managed to clarify where people agree and disagree - the latter obviou...
 4 Sep 2014

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Things have kicked off here in Istanbul at this, the 9th Internet Governance Forum. On Monday, on what’s known as the ‘Day 0’ the focus was on evaluating the NETmundial process with the output document taking centre stage. The meeting was well attend...
 3 Sep 2014

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DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) are actively engaged at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Join us for the following events. [New] Read Dr Jovan Kurbalija's speech at the High Level Leaders' Meeting here [New] Data...
 1 Sep 2014

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‘It is about digital, stupid’ is the main message from Jean-Claude Junker, the new president of the European Commission. In the Policy Guidelines for the EC delivered at the European Parliament (15 July 2014), Junker outlined the EU&rsquo...
 27 Aug 2014

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‘CIGI and Chatham House launch Global Commission on Internet Governance’ was a news headline from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, adding to an avalanche of initiatives, panels, and events on the future of Internet governance (IG)...
 28 Jan 2014

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The 8th IGF in Bali, Indonesia, took place at a delicate time when surveillance and privacy issues were dominating most IG meeting agendas. The Snowden leaks led to a strengthening focus: the heavy air of distrust pervading online users has ...
 4 Nov 2013

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Today, on the last of a hectic few days in Bali at the IGF, the Emerging Issues session was devoted to an elephant in the room: surveillance. First broached at the High Level meeting on Day 0, it was a topic of discussion many times during the course...
 25 Oct 2013

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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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Simulation exercise: Negotiating the Rio Declaration on Internet Governance 8:00 - 9.30 am, Main Hall | Remote participation link here The highlight of the Orientation Session during Day 3 is a simulation exercise built around Diplo’s meth...
 24 Oct 2013

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Life continues unabated in Bali with busy schedules all round and lots of interesting sessions to attend. Many of today’s IGF sessions focused on multistakeholder(ism). One item in focus was the selection process involved in choosing non-govern...
 23 Oct 2013

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Day 1 of the 2013 IGF in Bali started early with an orientation session kicking off at 8am (yes, you read that right!). Despite the less-than-suitable seating arrangement which didn’t do much for interaction, the plenary opening session was wel...
 23 Oct 2013

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If you know Diplo’s director Jovan Kurbalija, you’ll know that he’s great at mapping out complex ideas in easy-to-understand illustrations.Jovan’s speech at the Opening Ceremony of the 8th Internet Governance Forum, earlier today, analysed evol...
 22 Oct 2013

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Hot and humid Balinese weather greeted the Diplo team as they touched down for the start of the 2013 Internet Governance Forum. The convention centre which will host the proceedings is in a somewhat isolated resort but perhaps that’s a good thi...
 21 Oct 2013

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Mutlistakeholderism is the secret sauce of the Internet Governance Forum. The collaborative, open, 'post-political' space tantalisingly glimpsed in the early Internet is seemingly under threat, as never before. It's still to early to pred...
 21 Oct 2013

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DiploFoundation is once again participating at the annual Internet Governance Forum. Diplo’s programme of activities includes: (All times are +8 UTC/GMT, that is, Bali time) 1. Workshops and sessions A number of workshops are being organised...
 21 Oct 2013

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The August Internet governance webinar will focus on the preparations leading up to the Arab IGF. It will be hosted by Hanane Boujemi, member of the UN’s advisory group of the Arab IGF, and executive coordinator of Hivos’ MENA region p...
 29 Aug 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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January is synonymous with resolutions and forecasts. The start of the year is a time when we’re most inclined to look back, learn from the past, and carry what’s worthwhile, relevant and useful with us into the new year. Forecasts help u...
 1 Feb 2013

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I’m reflecting on the annual IGF meeting which took place two weeks ago, thinking about all the discussions that took place during workshops, the conversations that followed, and the new initiatives that will break ground as a result. Every ye...
 22 Nov 2012

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The wide range of issues covered by the field of Internet governance (IG) can sometimes be a problem to cope with. From a multistakeholder approach, across human rights and privacy issues, to the technical improvements needed and maintenance of the t...
 14 Nov 2012

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The 5th edition of An Introduction to Internet Governance, by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, has just been published, in cooperation with the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. The new edition was released during the 7th Internet Governance Forum, which took place...
 9 Nov 2012

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Like many others who will be attending the 7th IGF, we are in the midst of preparations to attend the Baku meeting and to take part in the discussions, workshops and other events that will take place during the IGF week. Diplo will be co-organis...
 1 Nov 2012

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DiploFoundation will once again be organising several activities during the 7th Internet Governance Forum. These include: 1. Workshops A number of workshops are being organised. The community is warmly invited to attend, either physically or rem...
 5 Nov 2012

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DiploFoundation is pleased to announce the recipients of two fellowships to attend the 7th Internet Governance Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan on 6-9 November, 2012. The fellows are being sponsored by the Central European Initiative (CEI) Cooperation Activ...
 30 Oct 2012

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Even after nine years of Internet Governance Forums (IGFs), Internet governance is still in its infancy. Experience from other international regimes (e.g. environment, air transport, arms control) has shown that such regimes have to develop a common ...

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Diplo’s Virginia (Ginger) Paque was a guest during a recent Latin American and Caribbean Islands Regional At-Large Organisation (LACRALO) meeting. During the meeting, held on 20 August, Ms Paque joined representatives from the region to talk a...
 17 Sep 2012

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We are in the middle of an eventful year in Internet governance. The first six months have been marked by numerous IG events and high visibility of IG in global discussions. Our June IG webinar, which took place on Tuesday, 26th June, reflec...
 2 Jul 2012

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Nikola Božićwrites:The first Serbian Internet Dialogue was held on 19 April. It was a pleasure to be part of this event, and to moderate the panel on Content Control with Vladimir Radunovic. It was the final result of a long process to de...
 1 May 2012

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IDS emerged as a result of various global and regional Internet governance initiatives, including the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG). This year’s event is being organised by ...
 19 Apr 2012

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No matter what you may have heard or read, the 2012 Internet Governance Forum will not be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in November this year. The IGF12 has already started, and it ends in Baku, on 9 November. Don't kid yourself. If you are not working...
 12 Apr 2012

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'Given the disparity between the participation of developing and developed countries it was clear that more support was needed for the former group to be able to understand the issues and make a meaningful input.' - Rodney Taylor from Barbados

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 Rodney Taylor , 2009
 
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'I realized I needed to take part in order to get an image of what other countries and regions acting in the process were doing, and to apply this to the reconstruction process in Iraq. The value I got from connecting with leading experts... was immense.' - Rasha Hameed from Iraq

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 Rasha Hameed , 2009
 
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'To the IGF in India I brought the personal challenge to look more deeply into the arguments I was not familiar with, and to try to find the “two sides of a coin” in every speech.' - Raquel Fortes Gatto from Brazil

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Raquel Fortes Gatto , 2009
 
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'Even if I am participating in the process during the whole year and interacting with many people, meeting them face-to-face at an event like the IGF remains essential... it is the most effective way to network...' - Rafik Dammak from Tunisia

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 Rafik Dammak , 2009
 
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'Attending the IGF presented me with an opportunity to interact with the people behind the emails and with notable personalities in the IGF process or Internet-related institutions including the IGF secretariat, ITU, ICANN, etc.' - Mwende Njiraini from Kenya

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 Mwende Njiraini , 2009
 
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'If we in the Cook Islands are to establish ourselves appropriately within the global community then it is necessary that we set up good policies from the outset, based on the best practices of other countries...' - Maureen Hilyard from the Cook Islands

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 Maureen Hilyard , 2009
 
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'It was also very important for me to join other members of the RPWG to be physically present at the IGF, so we could follow the implementation of the RP mechanism, working in partnership with the Secretariat... and providing assistance to the hubs.' - Marilia Maciel from Brazil

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 Marilia Maciel , 2009
 
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'It is necessary to focus the IGF discussion on the real problems associated with the collection and use of personal information. The reality is that there is very little that consumers can do today to protect their personal data...' - Katitza Rodriguez from Peru

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 Katitza Rodriguez , 2009
 
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'The government of Nigeria is making a giant stride to improve the situation by rolling out programs that would in one form or the other include Information Technology in the curriculum of primary and secondary students.' - Ijeoma Ogbuagu from Nigeria

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Ijeoma Ogbuagu , 2009
 
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'Various governments have come up with different interventions to address these challenges, like cybersecurity which is on the rise. The development of human resource and capacity building has been identified as one of the stumbling blocks.' - Godfrey Ahuma from Ghana

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Godfred Ahuma , 2009
 
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'In most developing countries access to the Internet for people without disabilities is an issue. Thus the thought of access to people with disabilities is rarely considered.' - Emmanuel Edet from Nigeria

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Emmanuel Edet , 2009
 
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'After returning to my home city from the Hyderabad IGF, I talked with the executives of Smart Communications, a stakeholder in ICT here, to take part, if not the lead, in convening an Internet Governance Forum in the country...' - Elias Laurente Espinoza from the Philippines

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Capacity Development (2009)
 Elias Laurente Espinoza , 2009
 
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'At the ICANN meeting in Puerto Rico last year I was not aware of anything unusual in the demographics, but in Hyderabad I noticed that while men of my age were quite well-represented, there were comparatively few women...' - Deirdre Williams from St Lucia

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 Deirdre Williams , 2009
 
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'I am involved in strengthening education policies at a global level through a forum that will bring representatives from national and international organizations, experts, teachers, NGOs and the youth who are engaged in education...' - Charity Gamboa from the Philippines

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 Charity Gamboa , 2009
 
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Diplo's alumni and emerging leadersare often in the news. RodneyTaylor, Acting Secretary General of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), a Diplo Internet Governance Capacity BuildingProgramme 2008 alumni...
 10 Apr 2012

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Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) selection: Lessons being learned How to foster inclusive and effective diplomacy is a question that we, at Diplo, try to answer in our training and research. The global push for more inclusive and transparent go...
 9 Mar 2012

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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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 Alexandre Hannud Abdo , 2010
 
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The Indonesian translation of Jovan Kurbalija's An Introduction to Internet Governance was launched last month. The translated version,Sebuah PengantarTentang Tata Kelola Internet, was translated to Indonesian by the Asosiasi Pengu...
 5 Jan 2012

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Here is the provisional list of the main Internet governance developments in 2011 and we need your help to compile a final list. Please let us know your views by: Making comments and adding any other development you think should be on ...
 15 Dec 2011

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Jovan Kurbalija’sAn Introduction to Internet Governancehas just been published in Serbian (BCS). The Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian version,Uvod u upravljanje internetom, has been produced with the support of the Digital Agenda ...
 22 Nov 2011

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The webinar will reflect on the 2011 Internet Governance Forum, which was held in Nairobi at the end of September. The IGF gathered more than 2,000 participants and generated a vivid debate on the future of Internet governance. The underlyi...
 12 Oct 2011

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Six main sessions, over 80 workshops, more than 40 remote hubs, and 12,000 tweets have characterised this year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), which took place last week on 27-30 September. Several pre-IGF events were held on Monday, 26th Se...
 2 Oct 2011

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Diplo is about to launch a new publication, Emerging Leaders for the Digital World, during the 6th IGF meeting in Nairobi on 27-30 September, 2011. Emerging Leaders for the Digital World features the experiences of some of the most active emerging...
 21 Sep 2011

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Diplo's IGF schedule of events Tuesday 27th September (Day 1) Workshop: Are we meeting challenges of bringing content and access to the world? (Workshop 101), co-organised by Diplo, the Technology Education Institute, Packet Cle...
 27 Sep 2011

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Regional IGF meetings are gathering momentum as the 6th IGF approaches, and are expected to attract a good number of stakeholders from each region. Diplo will support these meetings by providing educational material on Internet governance, and by ...
 25 Jul 2011

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If you are unable to attend the 6th IGF in Kenya in September, there is no excuse! You can still participate remotely: follow the discussions, watch the webcast of the event and participate through video or chat. Remote participation, and specifical...
 15 Jul 2011

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During the preparatory meeting, Dr Kurbalija talked about the narrow policy footprint of Internet governance, and how it is now on top of political agendas. He went through the history of the IGF since 2005, and described the developments influenc...
 21 Jun 2011

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The fourth European Dialogue on Internet Governance (EuroDIG) conference, which took place on 30-31 May in Belgrade, Serbia, brought together over 400 participants to discuss ICT policy issues and challenges. Another 100 participants connected remote...
 22 Jun 2011

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Diplo has worked with the Digital Agenda Administration of Serbia, the host organisation, and has also been involved in the organisation of the programme, including the setting up of panels and workshops. One of Diplo’s key roles is remote p...
 30 May 2011

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Nnenna Nwakanma writes: The sixth global Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi in September 2011 will be witnessing the first joint action of many African initiatives on Internet governance. Actors from all the sub-regions of the continent will be ...
 25 Apr 2011

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Three Diplo fellows – Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro from Fiji, Anju Mangal from Fiji, and Dalsie Baniala from Vanuatu - recently took part in the first Pacific Internet Governance Forum in Nouma, New Caledonia, on 9-10 April, 2011. Diplo sponsore...
 25 Apr 2011

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Diplo’s recent workshop on Internet Governance and ICT, held in Addis Ababa, played an important role in the setting up of the first Africa Internet Governance Forum. The catalyst workshop was organised on 6-8 April, in co-operation with the Afric...
 25 Apr 2011

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Yesterday, one of my search columns on Tweetdeck returned a bunch of interesting tweets. Around ten tweets, under my column ‘Internet Governance’, were in reference to the Internet Governance Forum. The interesting part was that some of t...
 13 Apr 2011

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'Freedom of expression' by Michael Foley Photography. Some rights reserved. In my previous blog post, ‘E-winds of Change’, I described the recent – and unsuccessful – attempts to silence dissent. Yet, just as ...
 27 Mar 2011

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A series of meetings and consultations on the 6th Internet Governance Forum has just taken place in Geneva. The Open Consultations, followed by the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meeting, were held on 23-24 February. The second EuroDig prep...
 27 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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The Second Committee of the General Assembly yesterday approved the draft resolution on ‘Information and communications technologies for development’ (A/C.2/65/L.56). The text was approved by consensus. In a press release, the UN said that ‘speaki...
 25 Nov 2010

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The mandate of the Internet Governance Forum expired with its 5thmeeting in Lithuania two months ago. A renewed mandate for another five years is currently being debated at the UN. At which stage are the negotiations? The five-year mandate of ...
 24 Nov 2010

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In Internet governance parlance, some words and terms are used over and over again – ad nauseum. Read through the IGF transcripts, for example, and you’ll know what I mean. I’ve made a rough list of such words and I’m wonderi...
 12 Nov 2010

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Thoughts and impressions on what was said and unsaid at the Internet Governance Forum held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010 Look back at all the IG-related events that took place since the 4thIGF. You may have already guessed: n...
 3 Oct 2010

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Thoughts and impressions on what was said and unsaid at the Internet Governance Forum held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010 What started off as a concept paper circulated by members of a Council of Europe Ad hoc Advisory Group on Cros...
 22 Sep 2010

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