Tech in geopolitics, data tracing apps in focus, and cyber-attacks returning to ‘normal’ were among the main digital policy trends in May 2020. These and many other developments were covered during May’s just-in-time briefing on Internet governanc...
 2 Jun 2020

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Robust and inclusive Internet governance must reflect the growing relevance of the Internet for global economic, social, and political life. Many small and developing countries in general and their civil societies in particular are excluded from inte...

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Tackling misinformation and protecting media freedom in time of crisis and data tracing apps and privacy challenges they pose were among the main digital policy trends in April 2020. These and many other developments were covered during April’s ju...
 4 May 2020

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis has impacted all areas of digital policy this month. These developments were covered during March’s just-in-time briefing on Internet governance – our monthly appointment on the last Tuesday of every month – which to...
 1 Apr 2020

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The European Commission’s plans for shaping Europe’s digital future, the interplay between health and digital technologies, and cybersecurity in international discussions were among the main digital policy trends in February 2020. These and many o...
 3 Mar 2020

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Optimising the interplay between natural and digital ecosystems; cybercrime resolution negotiations; and the increasing interest of regulators and banks in digital currencies were among the main digital policy trends in January 2020. These and man...
 19 Feb 2020

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Lire cette page en anglais|espagnol La gouvernance d’Internet n’est pas un sujet simple. Bien qu’elle traite d’une notion qui se veut être un symbole représentatif majeur du monde numérique, elle ne peut pas être abordée avec une si...
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Read this page inEnglish| French Aunque la gobernanza de Internet trata de los fundamentos del mundo digital, la gobernanza no puede manejarse con la lógica digital binaria de lo verdadero o lo falso, lo bueno o lo malo. En cambio, el ...
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The conference, organised in collaboration with C4DT (EPFL),will discusswhat data is, based on technical and economic realities. It will start with the present, but look forward to the opportunities, and the challenges, that new technolog...
 19 Mar 2020

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As the new decade dawns the promise of technology seems endless. The horizon is unlimited. Beyond it the sky looks blue. Now more than ever tech looks like a kind of magic, carrying us above old limitations and beyond the predicaments of the here and...
 31 Dec 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 24 Nov 2020

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 27 Oct 2020

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 29 Sep 2020

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 25 Aug 2020

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In a dedicated online briefing onTuesday, 30th June, at 11 UTC (13 CEST),the Geneva Internet Platform will run through the main trends in digital policy in the past six months, including the impact of the pandemic on technology and policy...
 30 Jun 2020

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 26 May 2020

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 28 Apr 2020

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 31 Mar 2020

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 25 Feb 2020

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For our November 2019 Internet governance (IG) briefing, we looked at digital policy updates from the month, including the 2019 Internet Governance Forum (IGF) which was underway during the briefing. The briefing was led by DiploFoundation’s Directo...
 5 Dec 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 28 Jan 2020

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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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Nine students have just graduated Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta and DiploFoundation. Four of the students undertook a specialisation in Internet governance. The graduates and their research topics were:  Amir Kiyaei ...
 22 Nov 2019

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No single global entity regulates the Internet. Digital policies are in constant flux as the spread of technology and culture have repercussions around the world. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has caused the rest of the world to re...
 12 Nov 2019

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Renewed call from governments for back door access and new tools being used for surveillance; facial recognition technology (FRT) facing regulation; and Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency project facing more scrutiny and setbacks were among the main dig...
 5 Nov 2019

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Diplo offers three postgraduate-level online courses starting the week of 17 February 2020: Diplomatic Theory and Practice Public Diplomacy Introduction to Internet Governance For more information on each course please click on the titles above. T...
 17 Feb 2020

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The five-day IGF meeting will include a large number of workshops, open forums, dynamic coalition meetings, and other events that will give participants the opportunity to engage in open discussions on multiple Internet governance and digital policy ...
 25 Nov 2019

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Nasig Montreal 2019 is based on the slogan 'building an inclusive Internet'. The event will focus on four key pillars of Internet governance: economic, political, civil society, and law. The course outline features sessions on: the Internet ecosystem...
 31 Oct 2019

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Mixed rules for gig workers, Libra facing opposition, and new digital ID programmes were among the main digital policy trends in September 2019. These and many other developments, trends, and regional updates were covered during September’s just-in-...
 7 Oct 2019

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  The most recent Report on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) estimates that 6% of the world’s population is likely to continue living in extreme poverty by 2030, and least developing countries will most likely fail to meet their industrialisatio...
 24 Sep 2019

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Privacy and data protection investigations on the rise, Internet access disrupted in many regions and AI developments continue at full speed were among the main digital policy trends in July and August 2019. These and many other developments, trends...
 17 Sep 2019

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DiploFoundation will take part in the following sessions: 1. Day 1, 17 July 2019 at 15.30 – 17.00: WS30. The ethics behind computing machines: Raising awareness of digital talents In co-operation with the University of Indonesia, Diplo is co-hostin...
 16 Jul 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 26 Nov 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too.We decode, contextualise, and analyse them.Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'zoomed-o...
 29 Oct 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too.We decode, contextualise, and analyse them.Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'zoomed-o...
 24 Sep 2019

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Facebook’s plans cryptocurrency ‘Libra’, online rental business coming under fire and a renewed push to tax digital giants were among the main digital policy trends in June 2019. These and many other developments, trends, and regional updates were c...
 3 Jul 2019

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The workshop will take place on Friday, 14th June 2019 at the Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta, Indonesia. The event expects to gather attendees from the region to discuss personal data and privacy, and take a look at case studies, related to peo...
 14 Jun 2019

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An analytical summary of the Final Report of the UN High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation The report of the High-level Panel in Digital Cooperation, The age of digital interdependence, has historical relevance. It marks the end of the era of digit...
 14 Jun 2019

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The Panel’s report, which was launched in New York on 10 June, and in Geneva on 17 June, has now identified existing gaps and proposed three models and respective functions (read our summary of the Panel’s recommendations). The need for agility in d...
 24 Jun 2019

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The continuing controversy around Huawei; the Christchurch call aiming to eliminate online violent extremism; and facial recognition technology raising alarms were among the main digital policy trends in May 2019. These and many other developments, ...
 5 Jun 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too.We decode, contextualise, and analyse them.Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'zoomed-o...
 27 Aug 2019

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Upcoming elections trigger fresh misinformation concerns; new data breaches lead to more pressure on companies; and an increased focus on digital health were among the main digital policy trends in April 2019. These and many other developments, tren...
 13 May 2019

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Old concerns and new policy initiatives in the field of cybersecurity, Internet platforms on the radar again, and a renewed focus on the Internet economy were among the main digital policy developments in March 2019. These and many other development...
 1 Apr 2019

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Ms Melinda Clem is Vice President Strategy for Afilias, the world’s second largest domain name registry. She has worked in corporate development, strategy, and marketing positions in the domain name registry industry since 2000, and with Afilias sinc...

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Hardware making a comeback, new artificial intelligence (AI) initiatives being launched, and intensifying efforts to curb the spread of harmful content were among the main digital policy developments in February 2019. These and many other developmen...
 5 Mar 2019

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This course aims to assist professionals in Washington, DC to actively follow the increasingly relevant fields of digital policy and Internet governance (IG). The course will benefit individuals directly working or engaging with Internet-related pol...

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 25 Jun 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 28 May 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 26 Mar 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 30 Apr 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings pr...
 26 Feb 2019

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 29 Jan 2019

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The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) quadrennial Plenipotentiary sets organisational priorities that determine the trajectory of policy and standard developments that shape the future of the Internet. At the 2018 Plenipot, civil society ...
 14 Dec 2018

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An abundance of new cybersecurity declarations and resolutions, calls for ethical considerations in artificial intelligence (AI) systems development, and new rulings regarding the gig economy were among the main digital policy developments in Novembe...
 11 Dec 2018

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The continuation of data breaches and a tougher backlash against tech companies, a new push for EU tax on tech giants, and a possible change in applying antitrust rules in order to protect competition per se were among the main digital policy develop...
 22 Nov 2018

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The 2018 edition will focus on how international law deals with questions of digital transformation and cybersecurity. An inclusive, free, and stable digital environment serves as a paradigm of peace and security, as well as the framework to boost th...
 27 Nov 2018

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Diplo offers three postgraduate-level online courses starting the week of 18 February 2019: Diplomatic Theory and Practice Public Diplomacy Introduction to Internet Governance For more information on each course please click on the tit...
 18 Feb 2019

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Countries stepping up their cyber offensive capabilities, data governance debates intensifying, and the calls for modernisation of the World Trade Organization (WTO) continuing were among main digital policy developments in September 2018. These a...
 12 Oct 2018

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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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Reflections on the future of humanity, the urgency to fulfill sustainable development goals by 2020, and data governance issues were among main digital policy developments in July and August 2018. These and many other developments, trends, and reg...
 18 Sep 2018

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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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On Monday, June 17th, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a final draft of the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11), and in it ‘gaming disorder’ is listed as a ‘disorder due to addictive behaviours’. The dra...
 14 Aug 2018

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Six months into 2018, technology continues to meet humanity around data protection, ethics and artificial intelligence (AI), online gaming addiction as a health condition, the security of Internet users, and many other digital issues. Governments, bu...
 30 Jun 2018

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Reporting A team of GIP rapporteurs will provide reports from most EuroDIG sessions, and assist with the preparation of EuroDIG messages. The messages will be made available on theEuroDIG wiki, and the session reports will be published on th...
 5 Jun 2018

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Ms Shane Tews is a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), managing the Global Internet Strategy programme, which focuses on cybersecurity and Internet governance. In addition to her work at the AEI, Shane is the president o...

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Mr Veni Markovski from ICANN is based in New York, and is responsible for the relations with the United Nations, the UN Agencies in New York, and the Permanent Missions to the United Nations. Veni Markovski has graduated law, but before that, back in...

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As Executive Director Government Affairs and Public Policy, Ms Anne-Rachel Inné serves as the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)’s primary link to governments of US, Canada and 26 Caribbean economies. Immediately prior to working for ARIN,...

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Ms Melissa Hathaway is a leading expert in cyberspace policy and cybersecurity. She served in two US presidential administrations, spearheading the Cyberspace Policy Review for President Barack Obama and leading the Comprehensive National Cyber...

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International law applies to the digital space. This was one of the conclusions reached by the UN Group of Governmental Experts in 2013, which then turned to address how it applies to the Internet and the use of ICTs. A lunch dialogue on Dig...
 16 Apr 2018

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Dr Stephanie Borg Psaila is the Director for Digital Policy at DiploFoundation, and the Editor of the GIP Digital Watch observatory. In 2018-2019, she served as Diplo's Interim Director and Head of Geneva Internet Platform, replacing Founding Directo...

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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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Originally from the Czech Republic, Dr Tereza Horejsova is currently based in Washington DC. Joining Diplo in 2012, Tereza has had an international career in academia and the non-governmental sector in the Czech Republic, the United Arab Emirates, an...

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The normal business cycle of a company operating across borders – such as Internet companies like Google, Apple, and Facebook – involves offering goods or services for a profit, paying taxes, and reinvesting the money. Many Internet companies base...
 8 Apr 2018

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The Cambridge Analytica case putting Facebook and other Internet companies under scrutiny, taxation issues in focus again as the European Commision issues tax proposals and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) releases&nb...
 3 Apr 2018

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WSIS Forum 2018 just-in-time reporting TheGIP Digital Watchobservatory is providing just-in-time session reports from most sessions on digital policy, with the aim of enabling the community to keep track of discussions happening simult...
 19 Mar 2018

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Serbian-born Mr Vladimir (Vlada) Radunović is a lecturer in cybersecurity policy, Internet governance, and e-diplomacy on postgraduate and professional courses. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (...

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Brazilian-born Ms Marília Maciel is currently based in Strasbourg, France. She is involved in several Internet- governance-related projects, notably on the fields of digital economy, e-commerce, and cybersecurity. She also curates the topics of e-com...

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Ms Sorina Teleanu is an independent consultant with expertise in Internet governance and digital policy. She currently serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance (SEEDIG), a sub-region...

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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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Ms Priyanthi Daluwatte has been a course coordinator at Diplo since 2015. She joined Diplo as a tutor in 2007 after completing the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme. With a BSc in Biological Sciences, an MSc in Computer Science, and an ...

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode,contextualise, andanalysethem. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance bri...
 27 Feb 2018

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As Internet governance (IG) grows increasingly important on international agendas, institutional coordination of the multistakeholder process is emerging as an important factor for successful IG outcomes. As laid out at the World Summit on the Inform...
 22 Feb 2018

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Mr Lee Hibbard is a Senior Fellow atDiploFoundation. He is also an administrator in the Bioethics Unit of the Council of Europe, based in Strasbourg, France. For the last ten years, Lee has been responsible for developing European human rights ...

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Internet companies’ behaviour under scrutiny, governments exerting more pressure on companies to remove illegal content, and new legal measures planned to tackle fake news were among the main digital policy developments in January 2018. These and ...
 12 Feb 2018

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In this timely roundtable discussion,DiploFoundation's Director, Dr Jovan Kurbalija, will address the shifting landscape surrounding cybersecurity risks, as well as an array of policy solutions – with an emphasis on the latest analysis of digit...
 30 Jan 2018

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Internet expert and historianIan Peterbecame involved in the early beginnings of the Internet in Australia and Asia-Pacific from 1986. Currently living in the Byron Bay hinterland, Australia, he is involved with worldwide Internet organis...

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Dr Richard Hill is currently involved in discussions on Internet governance at both the national levels (Switzerland) and the international level. He has published articles on Internet governance, made presentations at academic conferences, submitted...

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Dr Avri Doria is a research consultant. She served on the UN Working Group on Enhanced Cooperation (WGEC) and the UN Working Group on InternetGovernance (WGIG). She served as a member the Internet Governance Forum(IGF) Secretariat and is ...

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode,contextualise, andanalysethem. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance bri...
 30 Jan 2018

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Two years ago, Diplo introduced a new capacity development programme, the Advanced Diploma in Internet Governance. The programme was built around a selection of online courses focussing on Internet governance (IG) issues: Introduction to Internet Gov...
 26 Jan 2018

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 25 Sep 2018

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 27 Nov 2018

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 30 Oct 2018

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 28 Aug 2018

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 26 Jun 2018

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 29 May 2018

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 24 Apr 2018

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 27 Mar 2018

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 27 Feb 2018

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The Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) and DiploFoundation, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN, are offering a course for diplomats posted at permanent missions to the UN. The course aims to help participants understan...

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Many issues in Internet governance are discussed on both the global and regional levels. For example, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) makes policy on domain names, while the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) discusses a ...
 16 Jan 2018

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The 14th Annual State of the Net Conference will be held on 29 January 2018, inWashingtonD.C., USA. The event will be hosted by the Internet Education Foundation,a non-profit organisation dedicated to educating the public and policy...
 29 Jan 2018

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A Briefing Paper based on the this text is available for download in PDF format. The year 2018 represents a tipping point for the Internet and its governance. Processes that have been evolving are now starting to mature. Policy decisions are neede...
 11 Jan 2018

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Ms Biljana Glisovic Milic is from Belgrade, Serbia. She is an electrical engineer and is currently working as a Sales Manager with Apcom, specialising in Symantec and Veritas security and data protection programs. She has tutored for the ISOC NGL eLe...

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Download the Press Release in PDF format Geneva, Switzerland, 13 December 2017: The book An Introduction to Internet Governance, by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, has been selected as the Book of the Month for December by the United Nations Library...
 13 Dec 2017

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BHIGF 2017, this year at its third edition, will be held under the theme 'The network effect: from infrastructure to children'. Sessions will focus on the sharing of perspectives of different Internet governance stakeholders, expose the findings of r...
 11 Dec 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 30 Jan 2018

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Mr Tracy Hackshaw is an ICT and Digital Economy Strategist possessing close to twenty-five (25) years' experience spanning work in the public and private sectors both locally and internationally, including representing Trinidad & Tobago in variou...

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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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The meeting will be dedicated to facilitating coordination, knowledge sharing, and partnership on joint activities among civil society networks. Other objectives include broadening and diversifying participation in the initiatives that participants a...
 16 Dec 2017

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The ongoing search for ways and means to address cybersecurity issues on a global level, courts continuing to shape the applicability of digital policy across different jurisdictions, and new disclosures of data breaches were among the main digital p...
 4 Dec 2017

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Just-in-time reporting The GIP Digital Watch observatory will provide just-in-time session reports from the IGF, and IGF Daily newsletters, which will be available on a dedicated webpage, at dig.watch/igf2017. A final report, published after the I...
 18 Dec 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 28 Nov 2017

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now only months away from entering into force (May 2018). There have been numerous debates as to how it will change the landscape of data protection in the EU and beyond. But looking at the broader ...
 13 Nov 2017

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Technology is neither good nor bad, nor is it neutral, thus, Internet governance is by no means black and white. The governance concept adds a series of nuances for regulatory measures to prepare and protect users, particularly the most vulnerable on...
 30 Oct 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 31 Oct 2017

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In the absence of policy solutions, Internet users and organisations increasingly refer to the courts in their search for solutions to digital problems. They exercise their right to justice. Digital tools are also becoming entrenched in legal procedu...
 28 Nov 2017

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Diplo offers three postgraduate-level online courses starting the week of 19 February 2018: Diplomatic Theory and Practice Public Diplomacy Introduction to Internet Governance For more information on each course please click on the tit...
 19 Feb 2018

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Diplo’s roots can be traced back to 1992 when we realised there was a need to merge ICT tools with diplomatic practice. Ten years later, Diplo was officially established by Malta and Switzerland as a not-for-profit organisation, and since then, it ha...
 17 Nov 2017

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Proposals from European countries to change the rules regarding the taxation of Internet companies, continuous developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI), and increased governmental pressures on technology companies to remove extremist...
 6 Oct 2017

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The third and last day at the WTO Public Forum reiterated a message from the previous two days: e-commerce can serve as a tool for development, which presents both opportunities and challenges for developing countries. In addition, it brought into fo...
 29 Sep 2017

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Bay AreaGeneva Lake Area This week, I am at Swissnex in San Francisco (26-27 September) discussing the interplay between the digital and humanitarian realms. The Bay Area (and Silicon Valley) is what comes to mind when we t...
 28 Sep 2017

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The second day at the WTO Public Forum brought into focus multiple digital policy issues. E-commerce was discussed from multiple angles: as a gate to international trade, a tool for development, a challenge, and an opportunity for developing countrie...
 28 Sep 2017

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‘Trade: Behind the headlines’ is the theme of this year’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum. Taking place this week in Geneva, it is bringing together policy makers, civil society and business representatives, and researchers, to discuss th...
 27 Sep 2017

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WTO Public Forum 2017 just-in-time reporting Simultaneous events are a challenge to follow. TheGIP Digital Watchobservatory is providing just-in-time session reports from many sessions, available within a few hours from each session. R...
 26 Sep 2017

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If they existed, could AI robots have helped resolve the USA-North Korean crisis? How long will it take for AI to be used in negotiations, or to alter diplomatic practice as we know it today? Negotiations are one of the most human-intensive ...
 15 Sep 2017

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Developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) picking up pace globally, extremist content remaining a cause of concern, and countries banning Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) were among the main digital policy developments in the months of...
 5 Sep 2017

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The combined quarterly revenue of a handful of Internet companies is staggering. As the recent financial results have shown, the $142 billion figure is a 12-fold increase over the companies’ revenue 10 years ago. /** * Finds th...
 31 Aug 2017

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Six months into 2017, the digital weather remains unsettled. Various crises brought occasional storms. Internet growth and innovation triggered a few sunny spells. The digital weather remains similar to the annual forecast for 2017. This mid-year ...
 24 Jul 2017

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Lire cette page en anglais | espagnol La gouvernance d’Internet n’est pas un sujet simple. Bien qu’elle traite d’une notion qui se veut être un symbole représentatif majeur du monde numérique, elle ne peut pas être abordée avec une simple logique n...
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BSIG, which will bring together multiple stakeholder groups, aims to raise awareness on Internet governance (IG) topics through the creation of a supportive learning environment between peers and international experts. The school will also map priori...
 21 Aug 2017

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The UN Group of Governmental Experts (UN GGE) being unable to reach consensus on its final report, new cyber-norms proposed by the private sector, and governments renewing calls for more regulation of the Internet were among the main digital policy d...
 6 Jul 2017

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Diplo offers four interactive postgraduate-level online courses starting the week of 24 July 2017 21st Century Diplomacy Diplomatic Law: Privileges and Immunities Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources Multilateral Diplomacy ...
 24 Jul 2017

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Dr Roxana Radu, Programme Manager at the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP),has been awarded the Swiss Network for International Studies Award 2017(SNIS) forher PhD thesis,Global Rules for Emerging Issue Domains: Negotiating the G...
 1 Jul 2017

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The last day at the WSIS Forum 2017 featured discussions of topics such as access and connectivity, emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and trust. If used wisely, information and communications technologies (ICTs) can improve the quality a...
 17 Jun 2017

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Digital divide, cybersecurity, human rights, the digital economy, and new technologies were among the main digital policy issues discussed during day 4 at WSIS Forum 2017. As was the case on the previous days, the role of information and communica...
 16 Jun 2017

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The WSIS Forum 2017 continued today with six high-level policy sessions and several workshops, featuring discussions on issues such as the digital economy, cybersecurity, gender mainstreaming, and online extremism. The high-level concluding session s...
 15 Jun 2017

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Day 2 at the WSIS Forum 2017 started with the official opening of the event, and continued with eight high-level policy sessions which were mostly focused on issues related to access, the digital divide, and sustainable development. In addition, one ...
 14 Jun 2017

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The ninth edition of the WSIS Forum opened yesterday in Geneva, under the overarching theme Information and knowledge societies for the SDGs. As in previous years, the event brings together the ICT for development and the Internet governance communit...
 13 Jun 2017

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WSIS Forum 2017 just-in-time reporting Simultaneous events are a challenge to follow. TheGIP Digital Watchobservatory is providing just-in-time session reports from most sessions, available within a few hours from each session. Read th...
 12 Jun 2017

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The WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack hitting thousand of systems around the world, the continuous debate in the USA over net neutrality, and the increasing number of bilateral tax settlements involving Internet companies were among the main digital p...
 3 Jun 2017

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Published on 30 May 2017, Issue 21 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter provides the latest Internet governance and digital policy updates which took place in May. The main highlights include: An analysis of the top trends in May, including t...
 2 Jun 2017

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The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation will take effect one year from now - on 25 May 2018. In this post, two central questions are tackled: Who will be affected by the new rules, and what does the regulation apply to? Simply put,...
 30 May 2017

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Over the last couple of years, there have been more and more initiatives (national, regional and global) to map Internet policies and Internet governance developments. Building on the experience gained from participating in these types of ‘mapping’ m...
 5 Jun 2017

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The great debate about the regulatory regime applicable to the sharing economy business model, has finally reached the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The debate was triggered back in 2015 when a Spanish judge asked the court to rule o...
 23 May 2017

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New! Photos from the event. The Swiss-Polish Innovation Day provides guidance and insights about the relevance of digitalisation and shows ways how to shape a successful digital ecosystem. The event consists of two main parts: ...
 23 May 2017

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Reflections from the Science in Perspective discussion A few days ago, as I was on my way to ETH Zürich to moderate a session on Internet and Trust, I took a close look at the importance of trust for my daily routines. My iPhone alarm went off ...
 12 May 2017

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This Science in Perspective panel will use examples such as Tor, the Great Firewall, BGP attacks, and network neutrality in order to discuss questions such as: What is trust? In what institutions do we need to trust? How much do we need to trust? Who...
 9 May 2017

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Renewed discussions on state behaviour in cyberspace, developments in the USA with regard to net neutrality rules, and Uber’s new legal woes in various jurisdictions around the world were among the main digital policy developments in the month of Apr...
 2 May 2017

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A year after the first report of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy, national and international governmental surveillance activities remained in focus in the second report. The report of UN Special Rapporteur Joseph Cann...
 25 Apr 2017

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Based on contributions from: Evelyn Namara, Meri Baghdasaryan, Adriana Castro, Alessia Zucchetti, Victor Ryan Biran, June Okal, Derek Yam, Manuel Sebastian Roa Gomez, Lai Ying Jojo Tang, and Michael J. Oghia A few months ago at the 11th Internet G...
 22 Apr 2017

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China’s International Strategy of Cooperation on Cyberspace, WikiLeaks disclosure of the US Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) hacking arsenal, and the second report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy were among the main digital po...
 3 Apr 2017

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Swissnex Brazil will organise a debate on Internet Regulation in the Dynamic Digital World, on 5 April 2017, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event, organised as part of Swissnex'stalks@swissnexseries, will discuss governance in th...
 5 Apr 2017

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The 58th meeting of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) took place from 11 to 16 March in Copenhagen, Denmark. Unlike previous meetings, which focused on the IANA stewardship transition and the strengthening of ICANN’s acc...
 24 Mar 2017

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Read this page inEnglish| French Aunque la gobernanza de Internet trata de los fundamentos del mundo digital, la gobernanza no puede manejarse con la lógica digital binaria de lo verdadero o lo falso, lo bueno o lo malo. En cambio, el ...
Author: Dr Jovan Kurbalija

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RightsCon 2017 will be held on 29–31 March, in Brussels, Belgium. The meeting will bring together the global digital rights community, with the aimto tackle the most pressing issues at the intersection of technology and human rights. Hosted ...
 29 Mar 2017

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This course aims to assist permanent missions and international organisations in Geneva to increase their knowledge and capacity to engage in digital commerce-related negotiations and discussions. It provides an interdisciplinary coverage of e-commer...

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Microsoft’s proposal for a Geneva Digital Convention, the rise of fake news, and discussions on the social implications of technological advances were among the main digital policy developments in the month of February. These and other developments, ...
 1 Mar 2017

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A European rEUnion is the concept under which Malta’s EU presidency took off on January 1. The smallest EU country will now lead the EU during these turbulent times. Digital is part of Malta’s uniqueness, something that could help Europe in crisis...
 20 Feb 2017

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With the increasing use of the Internet in everyday life and especially in global business, traditional crimes such as fraud, identity theft, and buying illegal goods are now being conducted through the Internet as well. Black markets on the ‘dark we...
 18 Feb 2017

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Although the first month of the year was uncharacteristically quiet in terms of digital developments, all eyes were on the US President Trump’s first days in the office and the impact of his executive orders on global digital policy. At the same time...
 6 Feb 2017

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[Download the Press Release in PDF format] Geneva, Switzerland, 30 January 2017: Unsettled weather, stormy at times, with sunny spells was the underlying message during the executive briefing for the Geneva diplomatic community, delivered ...
 30 Jan 2017

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The start of 2017 presents an excellent opportunity to look back and reflect on last year. Which were the main highlights, and how did the developments shape digital policy? The Geneva Internet Platform and DiploFoundation's latest report, Top Dig...
 13 Jan 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 31 Jan 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provid...
 28 Nov 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefi...
 31 Oct 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet g...
 26 Sep 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefing...
 29 Aug 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefi...
 27 Jun 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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Eight students recently graduated Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta and DiploFoundation. Two of the students undertook a specialisation in Internet governance. The graduates and their research topics were: Alexander...
 16 Dec 2016

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provid...
 25 Apr 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 28 Mar 2017

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 28 Feb 2017

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The 7th edition of An Introduction to Internet Governance, by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, was launched yesterday at the 11th Internet Governance Forum in Guadalajara. In addition to the English edition, the Spanish translation was also launched. The book ...
 9 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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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 31 Jan 2017

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This detour from Internet governance to the history of philosophy was inspired by the setting of the World Internet Conference which I attended last week. Next to the high-tech conference centre is the ancient city of Wuzhen. This blend of new and ol...
 23 Nov 2016

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Let me start with this, a more common utterance than not that I have often said as well as heard: when it comes to the Internet, I am not a technical person. What I mean is that I did not major in computer engineering, website development, computer s...
 17 Nov 2016

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 29 Nov 2016

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Cyber-attacks using smart devices, new bilateral cybersecurity agreements, and discussions on the challenges surrounding advancements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) were among the main developments in the month of Oc...
 15 Nov 2016

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The third edition of the annual World Internet Conference, also known as the Wuzhen Summit, is being held on 16-18 November 2016, in Wuzhen, China. The event is hosted by the Cyberspace Administration of China andthe Zhejiang Provincial People'...
 17 Nov 2016

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The assembly will be held under the overarching theme 'Online business, security and fundamental human rights - enabling trust on the Internet'. It willbring together invitedstakeholdersinterested in debating the existing innovation...
 31 Oct 2016

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Why is Internet governance important? 2 November | 18.30-20.00 University of Geneva - UniMail - room M1170 The Internet is a critical infrastructure for Swiss society. On the risk side, the cost of a security failure woul...
 2 Nov 2016

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 25 Oct 2016

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a 'z...
 29 Nov 2016

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New events and developments in the field of Internet governance gave rise to different dynamics throughout the month of September. The IANA stewardship transition process moved into its final mile, while the 2016 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public...
 13 Oct 2016

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The second annual meeting of the Armenian Internet Governance Forum takes place on 5 October 2016, in Yerevan. Under the overarching theme ‘Internet governance for sustainable development’, the meeting will feature discussions on topics such as: r...
 5 Oct 2016

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 25 Oct 2016

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Internet governance is a new topic on the global policy agenda and is addressed in a wide variety of global public and business forums. For many small and developing countries with limited resources and institutional capacity in this sector, it is a ...

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The BEREC guidelines are aimed at assisting national regulatory authorities in implementing their net neutrality-related obligations according to the new EU regulations (2015/2120), including by closely monitoring and ensuring 'compliance with the ru...
 6 Oct 2016

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 27 Sep 2016

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The 2016 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum is around the corner. Held under the theme 'Inclusive Trade', the forum will discuss how new technologies have transformed commerce and have given a boost to trade growth. E-commerce will be o...
 22 Sep 2016

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In the previous blog post, we have looked at the overall process related to the transition of the US Government (USG) stewardship role over the IANA functions, providing an overview of the changes that will accompany the transition, and outlini...
 17 Sep 2016

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The attention of the global Internet community is very much focused these days on the IANA stewardship transition process. The umbilical cord between the US government and ICANN is expected to be cut on 1 October; afterwards, ICANN is to function as ...
 16 Sep 2016

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Nine months after the invalidation of the Safe Harbour Agreement, the European Commission (EC) confirmed that the new EU-US Privacy Shield affords adequate protection to the privacy of EU citi­zens. The framework imposes stronger obligations on US co...
 16 Sep 2016

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The summer months were uncharacteristically busy for Internet governance. NATO declared cyber to be the fourth military domain, while the EU-US Privacy Shield was approved. The Microsoft judgment will impact other jurisdiction cases, while e-commerce...
 12 Sep 2016

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How does the Internet work? Well, let's think of a traditional phone, or telegraph - imagine it as the Einstein's cat... Or, think of data packets as letters... or envelopes. Better still: think of packets as passengers. Or cars, or buses. Or... H...
 9 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...
 20 Sep 2016

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G20 leaders had their annual summit on 4-5 September, in Hangzhou, China. The communique released at the end of the summit, as well as other documents agreed or endorsed during the meeting (such as the G20 Blueprint on Innovative Growth), show that g...
 7 Sep 2016

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Since 2012, the IGMENA programme has been on the forefront of developing and reinforcing knowledge as well as building capacity on Internet governance in the Middle East and North Africa. The IGMENA Summit will reflect on achievements and formulate r...
 30 Sep 2016

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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 ...
 5 Sep 2016

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[Update] The IG Barometer for April is now available.[Update] If you missed the March briefing, view the webinar recording. You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital policy. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse ...
 26 Apr 2016

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[Update] The IG Barometer for May, recording of the briefing, and presentation are now available.[Update] Issue 11 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter, featuring developments in May, is out. Download your copy.[Update] Register for the June brief...
 31 May 2016

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Emerging leaders from civil society in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) are invited to apply for the fourth annual online training on Internet governance, made possible by Hivos through the Internet Governance in the MENA Region IGMENA ...
 24 Jun 2016

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[Update] The IG Barometer for June is now available. [Update] Listen to the briefing recording. We also invite you to download and read Issue 12 of the Geneva Digital Watch newsletter, which rounds up the developments for June. [U...
 28 Jun 2016

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital policy. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide a ...
 30 Aug 2016

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Every last Tuesday of the month, the Internet governance briefings provide ...
 27 Sep 2016

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Trust is increasingly under focus following the Snowden revelations, and more recently, the Apple-FBI case. These developments have put the issue of trust under increasing strain, as institutions and the industry grapple to regain users’ trust. In...
 19 Jul 2016

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[Update] The GIP's WSIS Forum Report is now available [Update] The reports from WSIS Forum sessions are now available: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 REPORTS & UPDATES Throughout the whole week, we will be providing live upd...
 2 May 2016

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[Update] GIP Digital Watch, an online pillar of the Geneva Internet Platform, will be presented at the EuroDIG 2016. Join the flash session on 9 June, at 17:15 CEST (15:15 UTC/GMT). A presentation on the GIP Digital Watch observatory and its function...
 8 Jun 2016

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1,500 steps, 1.2 kilometers, and 142 calories burned were displayed on my pedometer after completing a 2-hour-long ‘walking course’ on Internet governance. It was a slow walk through the beautiful setting of Geneva’s Jardin Botaniques (Botanical Gard...
 5 Jul 2016

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Description:

This text was published in the ASEF Outlook Report 2016/2017,  CONNECTIVITY: Facts and Perspectives.
 

  • Volume I: Data on Connectivity : http://asef.org/pubs/asef-publications/3861-asef-outlook-report-2016/2017
  • Volume II: Connecting Asia and Europe : http://asef.org/pubs/asef-publications/3891-asef-outlook-report-2016/2017-2

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Brexit has been viewed by some commentators as a protest vote against the globalisation paradigm. As the Internet is the technological basis for global integration, and the medium through which billions of people experience globalisation, Brexit shou...
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STATUS:
Open for applications
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 October 2020
START DATE:
25 January 2021
FEES:
€7900 (postgraduate diploma) + €2600 (Master's dissertation); Scholarships available
COURSE CODE:
PMCDIPFDL8 / PMCDIGVFDL2
ECTS CREDITS:
90

About the programme

 
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 diplomacy, with a focus on contemporary issues and challenges.

Offered in cooperation with the University of Malta’s Department of International Relations, the programme involves 16 to 20 months of online study, including writing a dissertation. Online areas of study range from the basics of diplomacy (Diplomatic Theory and Practice, Bilateral Diplomacy, Multilateral Diplomacy, and more) to contemporary topics (Artificial Intelligence: Technology, Governance and Policy Frameworks, Sustainable Development Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy, and more).

Internet governance specialisation: Applicants may select Internet governance as an area of specialisation within the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy. This programme gives current and future Internet policymakers a solid foundation in diplomatic skills and techniques. 

For more information please contact Patrick Borg (Master's Programme Coordinator) on patrickb@diplomacy.edu or +356 21 333 323.

Lecturers

How to apply

How to apply

Complete applications must be received by 15 October 2020 (see instructions for sending documents below).

Please note that by sending your application package, you are confirming that you have read DiploFoundation's Privacy Policy. DiploFoundation will process and share your personal data with third parties (including the University of Malta) for admissions and academic matters, finance, and administrative purposes in accordance with the Privacy Policy.

Late applications will be considered if space remains in the programme. Please contact us if you wish to submit an application after the deadline.

In case of questions, please contact admissions@diplomacy.edu

Required documents

  1. University of Malta application form filled out in full (download form). At the top of the form please indicate February 2021 as the start date. For Section A please indicate the correct course code and title: Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (PMCDIPFDL8); or Master in Contemporary Diplomacy (Internet governance) (PMCDIGVFDL2).
  2. Draft research proposal of around 500 words (relevant to Section F of the application form). You will have the opportunity to revise or change this before beginning work on your dissertation.
  3. Certified true copies of your degree(s) and official transcripts. Documents can be certified by a legal professional or a diplomatic or consular officer or any other professional of good standing, and must be apostilled by the relevant authority in your country.
  4. English translations of degree(s) and transcripts if they are not in English, signed and stamped by translator.
  5. English language proficiency certificate:
    * TOEFL iBT Certificate. Home-based test. More info: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/ (minimum requirements: 90 overall with a writing score of at least 24, obtained within the last two years).
    * Academic IELTS Certificate (minimum requirements: 6.0 overall and 6.0 in the reading and writing components). The University of Malta will accept Academic IELTS certificates obtained in the last five years.
    * Cambridge English Proficiency Advanced Certificate (minimum requirements: Grade C or better, obtained within the last two years).
    Please indicate on the application form if you are still waiting for your English language proficiency results. 
    If your undergraduate study programme was taught entirely in English, this may be considered to fulfil the University of Malta’s English language requirement. You must present an official statement from the institution where you studied confirming that the language of instruction and assessment throughout the whole programme  was English.
  6. Certified true copy of the personal details pages of your passport.
  7. If you are requesting partial financial assistance, please include your CV and a motivation letter (300 – 400 words) with your application. The motivation letter should include details of your relevant professional and educational background; reasons for your interest in the programme; and why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this programme, i.e. how will your participation benefit you, your institution, and/or your country. Please note that all financial assistance is partial. We do not offer full scholarships. Financial assistance is only available to applicants from developing countries.

The following documents should be sent by e-mail to admissions@diplomacy.edu:

  • Application form
  • Research proposal
  • CV and motivation letter for financial support

The remaining documents must be sent by registered mail to DiploFoundation (attn: Ms Tanja Nikolic), Anutruf Ground Floor, Hriereb Street, Msida MSD 1574, Malta: 

  • Certified true copies of degrees and transcripts
  • Translations of documents not in English
  • Certified true copy of English language proficiency certificate
  • Certified true copy of the personal details page of passport

Please ensure that your application package is complete as we cannot process incomplete applications.

Detailed information

Course details

Description

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, offered in cooperation with the University of Malta, offers significant advantages:

  • Flexible: You design your study programme, deciding on the Postgraduate Diploma or Master’s degree, and selecting from our wide range of courses. You decide when and where to study.
  • Practical and affordable: Programme fees are competitive compared to similar programmes.  Even better, with online study you can continue to work and earn an income. All you need is a computer connected to the Internet.
  • Relevant: Courses cover traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, and are kept relevant through discussion of current events and trends. Faculty members include practising and retired diplomats with both theoretical expertise and practical experience in the field.
  • Personalised: Extend your professional network through your classmates and lecturers. Small group sizes emphasise learning together, drawing on the experience and knowledge of participants as well as lecturers.
  • Effective: The programme is highly rated by former participants, who have seen immediate and lasting benefits ranging from personal development to career advances.

The programme has European postgraduate accreditation through the Department of International Relations at the University of Malta, making it recognised worldwide.

The programme language is English, giving non-native speakers a valuable opportunity to practise and hone their skills at expressing and explaining work-related concepts in this international language.

Faculty members include high-ranking, practising and retired diplomats as well as renowned academics in the fields of diplomacy and international relations. For further details please visit our faculty page.

Internet governance specialisation: Applicants may select Internet governance as an area of specialisation within the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy. Candidates for this area of specialisation will attend several required courses in the area of Internet governance and select their remaining courses from the wide list of diplomacy topics (see Provisional schedule for 2021 for Internet governance specialisation). Candidates will write their dissertations on Internet governance-related topics.

Candidates who successfully complete the Internet governance specialisation will receive a degree/diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy awarded by the University of Malta. Internet governance courses attended – as well as other courses attended – will be listed in the detailed transcript issued on completion of the programme.

Structure

The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy starts with an online workshop, which takes place over a three week period in January/February. Following the workshop, you will attend five online courses (last ten weeks each), and write your Master’s dissertation.

The option of completing up to two of the online courses before enrolling in the programme offers additional flexibility and financial savings. Please see University of Malta Accredited Courses to learn more about this option.

Phase 1: Introductory workshop

The introductory workshop focuses on building skills used in diplomatic practice, through an interactive and exercise-based set of seminars. The workshop sets the stage for the entire programme and provides the opportunity to get to know other course participants and faculty members. Participants tell us that they keep in touch with classmates and faculty members long after the programme ends and the resulting professional network is highly valuable in their work.

The workshop takes place over a three-week period; you should expect to spend five to six hours of study time per day during this period, including reading and discussing course materials, attending live meetings via a video-conferencing platform, joining group exercises, and completing assignments. 

Phase 2: Online courses

During this phase, you complete five online courses of your choice, each lasting ten weeks. Participation in the courses involves seven to ten hours of study time per week. Online class groups are small to allow for intensive discussion with course lecturers and classmates, and rich collaborative learning.

Courses cover a wide range of both traditional and contemporary topics in diplomacy, many of them not taught elsewhere. Visit our Course Catalogue for a full list of courses and their descriptions.

After successful completion of the introductory workshop and five online courses, you may choose whether to receive the Postgraduate Diploma or to proceed with writing your Master's dissertation. In order to proceed to the Master’s degree you must achieve an average mark of at least 65% for the five online courses.

Phase 3: Dissertation

If you aim for the Master's degree, you will prepare a 25 000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice under the personal online guidance of a research supervisor selected from Diplo's faculty members. You may decide whether to write your dissertation over a four- or eight-month period. Candidates for the Internet governance specialisation will write their dissertations on Internet governance-related topics.

If you completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy in the past and would like to write your Master's dissertation, please see our page on How to Apply for the Master's Dissertation.

Learning methodology

The introductory workshop involves intensive daily online study over a three-week period (five to six hours per day). The workshop aims to build skills for diplomatic practice through a variety of activities: reading and discussing course materials, attending live meetings via a video-conferencing platform, joining group exercises and simulations, and completing assignments. Participants are expected to participate fully in the workshop, and evaluation is based on both participation and graded assignments for each topic covered.

During the online courses, interaction takes place via the Internet through an online classroom. Each week, participants study course materials, adding questions, comments, and references in the form of hypertext entries. Lecturers and other participants read and respond to these entries, creating interaction based on the reading materials. During the week, participants complete additional online activities (e.g. further discussions via blogs or forums, quizzes, group tasks, simulations, or short assignments). At the end of the week, participants and lecturers meet online to discuss the week’s topic. Evaluation is based on discussion contributions and on several assignments for each course.

Writing the dissertation is largely an individual activity. Each participant will work with a supervisor drawn from Diplo's faculty, communicating via e-mail.

Who should apply

This programme will be of interest to:

  • Practising diplomats, civil servants, and others working in international relations who want to refresh or expand their knowledge under the guidance of experienced practitioners and academics.
  • Postgraduate students of diplomacy or international relations wishing to study topics not offered through their university programmes or diplomatic academies and to gain deeper insight through interaction with practising diplomats.
  • Postgraduate students or practitioners in other fields seeking an entry point into the world of diplomacy.
  • Journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translators, business people, and others who interact with diplomats and wish to improve their understanding of diplomacy-related topics.

The Internet governance area of specialisation will be of interest to:

  • Individuals interested in developing a career in Internet governance, cybersecurity, and other emerging Internet policy areas.
  • Diplomats and government officials dealing with Internet governance, cybersecurity, and other Internet-related policy issues.
  • Business people and civil society activists involved in multistakeholder Internet governance processes.
  • Postgraduate students of diplomacy, international relations, and communications wishing to study the multidisciplinary topic of Internet governance, and to gain deeper insight into Internet governance through interaction with diplomats and Internet governance policymakers.
  • Journalists, staff of international and non-governmental organisations, translators, business people, and others who would like to take active part in Internet policy-making.
Prerequisites

Applicants for the Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy must meet University of Malta prerequisites for postgraduate study:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject with at least Second Class Honours.
  • English language proficiency certificate:
    • TOEFL iBT Certificate. Home-based test. More info: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/ (minimum requirements: 90 overall with a writing score of at least 24, obtained within the last two years).
    • Academic IELTS Certificate (minimum requirements: 6.0 overall and 6.0 in the reading and writing components). The University of Malta will accept Academic IELTS certificates obtained in the last five years..
    • Cambridge English Proficiency Advanced Certificate (minimum requirements: Grade C or better, obtained within the last two years). 

If your undergraduate study programme was taught entirely in English, this may be considered to fulfil the University of Malta’s English language requirement. You must present an official statement from the institution where you studied confirming that the language of instruction and assessment throughout the whole programme was English.

Fees

The fee for the Master in Contemporary Diplomacy is €10,500. The fee has two parts:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy: €7900.
  • After successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, participants who choose to write the Master's dissertation pay an additional fee of €2600.

The fee covers:

  • Application and registration fees
  • Tuition fees for online workshop and five online courses
  • Access to all course materials, via Diplo's online classroom
  • Access, via the Internet, to the University of Malta e-journal collection
  • Personal interaction via the online classroom with course lecturers, staff, and other participants
  • Use of Diplo’s online databases and resources
  • Online technical support
  • For the Master's dissertation, personal supervision by one of our faculty members and advising by Diplo staff

A non-refundable application fee of €100 must be submitted with the application package. On acceptance into the programme, the amount of the application fee will be deducted from the course fee.

Financial assistance

DiploFoundation offers a limited number of partial scholarships for the Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy fee, to assist diplomats and others working in international relations from developing countries. Financial assistance is not available to cover the additional fees for the Master's dissertation.

To apply for a scholarship please include your CV and a motivation letter with your application package. The motivation letter should include:

  • Details of your relevant professional and educational background.
  • Reasons for your interest in the programme.
  • Why you feel you should have the opportunity to participate in this programme: how will your participation benefit you, your institution, and/or your country.

As Diplo's ability to offer scholarship support is limited, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek scholarship funding directly from local or international institutions. 

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[Update] Internet governance, e-diplomacy discussed during Asian lecture tour: read the day-by-day account of Dr Kurbalija's lecture tour in Kuala Lumpur (12 March), Singapore (13 March), Bangkok (16 March) and Jakarta (17 March) [Update] View ...
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[Update] The webinar recording and digest are now available here. Held every four years, this year’s conference aimed to review the ITU’s Internet-related resolutions including those on Internet protocol-based networks, the ITU’s r...
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One measure of the success of a conference is the attendance and engagement in the afternoon of the last day. And even that simple metric confirms the success of the 2014 Geneva Internet Conference since at least 100 people joined the closing panel, ...
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Where the private companies stand on this battlefield? How to ensure the right balance between privacy of Internet users and legitimate surveillance of unlawful activities? Where does Switzerland stand in the surveillance and privacy debate? The Int...
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In every policy area, informed policy-making requires access to data and evidence. Solutions simply cannot be advanced without an accurate scope of the problem. Internet governance and ICT policy are no exception. For policymakers to make infor...
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[Update] The webinar digest and recording are available here. The complaint of a Spanish citizen in 2010 led to the case being referred to the European Court of Justice, which recently decided that Google was required to comply with...
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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...
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21st Century Diplomacy Diplomacy in the 21st century is more proactive, multidirectional, and innovative than ever before. Our world is increasingly interconnected, as demonstrated by the domestic impact of external issues. New subjects crowd the...
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 17 Jul 2014

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 14 Jul 2014

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[Update] The webinar recording and digest are available here. Following the recent ruling of a US federal appeals court that struck down the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet rules - determining that the FCC does not have the pow...
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This year marks the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), proclaimed by the UN to celebrate the contributions that SIDS have made to the world. The awareness generated from this recognition will help promote the UN Conference o...
 24 Jun 2014

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 24 Jun 2014

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The Internet as a critical resource for Pacific island states Policy immersion – exposing Pacific Islands representatives to Geneva as an international hub for global policy Geneva, Switzerland – 20 June 2014: A panel discussion on The ...
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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Join us once a month for a round-up of the mainIG-related eventsan...
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At the April Geneva webinar-briefing on Internet Governance we focused on the final preparations for the #NETmundial and reflected on other key developments of the month; we then looked into the main events scheduled for May. NETmundial was very m...
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 30 May 2014

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Online crowd funding is deeply fashionable so we ventured into this new world with some trepidation. Just how valuable is Diplo’s work in supporting small and developing states develop capacity for effective engagement in international meetings...
 7 May 2014

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'NETMundial mattered, even if there was little apparent progress on substantive issues', seems to be the consensus from the commentaries and reflections that have emerged this week. "There is much to celebrate. A group of very diverse...
 2 May 2014

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You receive hundreds of pieces of information on digital politics. We receive them, too. We decode, contextualise, and analyse them. Then we summarise them for you. Join us once a month for a round-up of the main IG-related events and developm...
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"After two days of intensive negotiations with more than 1300 comments and proposals, the NETmundial summit in São Paulo concluded Thursday evening with the expected Multistakeholder Statement. But the document involves numerous compromis...
 25 Apr 2014

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Diplo has a tradition of making a link between major Internet governance (IG) meetings and their venues. For example, when the IGF was in Athens, Greece, we noted the relevance of Plato’s writings for modern digital politics.[1] Before the IGF ...
 22 Apr 2014

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Every diplomatic negotiation boils down to a limited number of open concepts and words. NETmundial is no different. There are some phrases that either carry a specific approach to Internet governance (IG) or trigger different interpretations. By unde...
 22 Apr 2014

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[Update] The success of NETmundial is subjective: in summary, it has been seen as a success for those who believe in the multistakeholder process, but a disappointment for those who lobbied for strong statements in favour of privacy and human rights ...
 25 Apr 2014

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60% of the world's population is not online. Michael Moller, Acting Director General of UNOG, was the first to raise the issue during his opening remarks at the launch of the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP) on 8th April. But the fact that in 2014 ...
 15 Apr 2014

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The way the Internet is governed is of strategic importance to modern society. Yet, current Internet governance (IG) is not robust enough to address the Internet’s critical relevance. This became apparent after the Snowden revelations created a...
 7 Apr 2014

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To assist diplomats in grasping the complexity of this multidisciplinary and multistakeholder political environment, and to bring them up to speed on what to follow, when to follow it, and how to follow it, the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), h...
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Preparations are under way for the NETmundial meeting, which takes place on 23-24 April in São Paolo, Brazil. Around 800 participants are expected to attend; many more will participate via remote hubs, which are being set up in regions worldwi...
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Reshaping digital governance: Why Geneva matters 8 April 2014 (13.00 – 14.30 CET) World Meteorological Organization Building (WMO) - 2nd floor 7bis, avenue de la Paix, Geneva Registrations are now closed. For further inquirie...
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The Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme for participants from the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa), organised by Hivos in collaboration with DiploFoundation and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), has successfu...
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[Update] The webinar recording and digest are available here. All eyes are set on the NETmundial meeting, which is taking place in São Paulo, Brazil on 23-24 April. The meeting follows an initiative proposed by CGI.br and /1net. Many preparat...
 28 Mar 2014

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The European Commission is undoubtedly a very active player in the Internet governance (IG) process. One of the most recent developments from Brussels is a communication adopted last month, on 12 February 2014, on Europe’s role in shaping the f...
 26 Mar 2014

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To assist diplomats in grasping the complexity of this multidisciplinary and multistakeholder political environment, and to bring them up to speed on what to follow, when to follow it, and how to follow it, the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), h...
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Dougald Hine has definitely got some facts right: our mobile devices are bringing us more words than any of us could ever read, more music than we could ever listen to, more video than we could ever watch... We are bombarded by information every tim...
 7 Mar 2014

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Are you interested in cybersecurity, digital content policy, broadband and Internet costs, multilingual Internet, surveillance, and privacy? Do you want to follow global IG developments? Are you lost in the sea of different initiatives: WSIS+10, ...
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[Update] The book An Introduction to Internet Governance was selected as the Book of the Month for December by the United Nations Library in Geneva. Learn more. Read this page inSpanish| French. Although Internet governance deals wi...
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A group of participants from all over the world will attend the workshop - the 16th in its run - as part of the Master/Postgraduate Diploma programme. During the workshop, a range of diplomacy-related sessions will be delivered by experienced practi...
 29 Jan 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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Internet governance (IG) developments in 2013 confirmed vividly the old saying that it is difficult to make predictions, especially about the future. Who could have predicted the Snowden revelations that have substantially affected global digital pol...
 23 Jan 2014

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DiploFoundation (Diplo), as a capacity building, research, and academic organisation, has contributed significantly to Internet governance (IG) over the last 20 years. I have come literally full circle: first as a naïve, nascent, and humble Internet ...

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What differentiates the Internet of Things (IoT) from today’s Internet-in-general is the belief that one day everything can be online and accessible. The IoT lives connected to the Internet, as we know it today; it is not a separate Internet. ...
 16 Dec 2013

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Management of the root zone has been one of the most controversial issues in the Internet governance debate. Since the first days of the World Summit of Information Society (WSIS) back in 2002, the theoretical possibility of removing other countries ...
 9 Dec 2013

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The High Level Panel on Internet Goverrnance (5 December 2013) Chair: H.E. Mr. Nana Grey Johnson, Minister of Information Communication and Infrastructure, the Gambia Moderator: Dr Jovan Kurbalija, DiploFoundation Pa...
 4 Dec 2013

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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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The 2019 edition of the Internet governance Acronym Glossary, compiled by DiploFoundation, contains explanations of over 150 acronyms, initialisms, and abbreviations used in IG parlance. In addition to the complete term, most entries include a concis...
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The Arab Internet Governance Forum (Arab IGF) is one of the latest additions to the regional IGFs that were launched after the success of the global IGF. It is meant to be an independent platform for all stakeholder groups in the Arab World to discus...
 28 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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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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Kwetching about 'multi-stakeholderism' “Multi-stakeholderism” – addressing issues and solving problems in international relations within a coalition of willing participants – has been touted as institutional solution ...
 2 Oct 2013

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An unwritten alliance. This is how the historian Bradford Burns labeled the bilateral relations between Brazil and the United States in the beginning of the XXth century. Since then, there were few moments of tension; potential crises have been succe...
 24 Sep 2013

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(A simplistic view) If I correctly remember Google’s early mission statement, it sounds something like: “We want to know today, what you will do tomorrow.” So does your government. I am not sure I want either of them to know this. ...
 23 Sep 2013

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When Brazil speaks on Internet governance (IG) everybody listens. Conference audiences shift from browsing the Net and look at the podium. The buzz in the room is replaced by an almost reverent silence. Every word is carefully heard. Brazil is a swin...
 20 Sep 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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Is your country part of the multilateral initiative that promotes the principles of open government? Is your country among the 60 governments that are part of this initiative, called the Open Government Partnership (OGP)? These were questions which ...
 18 Aug 2013

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[Update] The digest and webinar recording are available here. The July Internet governance webinar will focus on open government and the core challenges associated with this concept. The webinar will be hosted by Veronica Cretu, member of the Steeri...
 30 Jul 2013

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Our May webinar will focus on the role of governments and the way this role is changing. Our special host is well-known IG expert Dr Jeremy Malcolm, senior policy officer at Consumers International. He will discuss the following, and more: ...
 28 May 2013

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Today, the European Union announced its plans to develop a Global Internet Policy Observatory (GIPO), an online platform designed to increase global participation in debates and decisions on Internet policies. The European Commission will develop th...
 13 May 2013

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A few days ago, Spanish authorities arrested a 35-year-old Dutchman, a few kilometres north of Barcelona. He is suspected of mounting what is being considered the biggest attack on the Internet in history. The attack was carried out on Spamhaus, an ...
 6 May 2013

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[Update] The digest, webinar recording, and speaker's presentation are available here. Many different aspects are involved: the costs to mitigate the attacks; the fact that an attack can affect millions of online users directly or indirectly; a...
 30 Apr 2013

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Someone asked me whether we need a classroom (either physical or virtual) to learn. I had a very unprofessional reaction -- all I could think was: what a silly question! This is not even a matter of artificial or real dilemma -- the concept of restri...
 16 Apr 2013

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In the midst of updates and controversy surrounding the new gTLD Program, ICANN is working on a new engagement strategy that can foster closer regional involvement, better engagement with stakeholders – especially in developing countries &ndash...
 3 Apr 2013

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What the Tallinn Manual and the DDoS attack against Spamhaus have in common An independent ‘International Group of Experts', invited by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE), has recently completed the Tallinn Ma...
 2 Apr 2013

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Ever wondered how the Internet works and what all these terms and abbreviations stand for? You don't have to be an engineer to understand it. Diplo has produced two new animated videos in the ‘Internet Governance Lite’ series of vide...
 22 Mar 2013

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Dr Jovan Kurbalija delivered openning speech on capacity development for Internet Governance at the Arab Internet Governance Consultations. The event was attended by the the Arab decision makers in Internet governance, including ministers, high offic...
 5 Mar 2013

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[Update] The digest and webinar recording are available here. Our March webinar, on Tuesday, 26th March, will focus on ICANN’s new engagement strategy in the developing world. Our discussion will be led by Dr Tarek Kamel, ICANN’s Senior ...
 26 Mar 2013

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Is online piracy a big problem? Big content providers in the US - movie studios and music labels in particular - think so, and have been fretting over it for years. Indeed, bigwigs in the music industry blame the internet for the sharp decline in mus...
 8 Mar 2013

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DiploFoundation’s flagship Internet governance programme, the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme, and the book An Introduction to Internet Governance, have been nominated for the WSIS Project Prizes for 2013. The Internet Governan...
 28 Feb 2013

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Our February webinar will focus on some of the most important evolving RP principles, including RP as a model for e-participation, and as a tool for inclusion of previously unheard voices, in global policy processes. Our hosts, Diplo's Virginia (...
 26 Feb 2013

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In between the two “Dutch extremes” Europe is a leader when it comes to debating about net neutrality and proposing ways ahead: the Norwegian model has become famous, followed by similar views in Sweden and other countries, and the (relatively) mi...
 6 Feb 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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Diplo's director Jovan Kurbalija provides a summary of the current challenges of Internet governance in an interview for Geneva-based Le Temps (Monday, 28th January). In the article Saving a unified Internet, he reflects on the outcom...
 27 Jan 2013

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Participants from all over the world will attend the 10-day workshop as part of their Master/Postgraduate Diploma programme. During the workshop, a range of diplomacy-related sessions will be delivered by experienced practioners. Topics include negot...
 30 Jan 2013

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The much anticipated World Conference on International Telecommunications, which took place earlier this month, ended without consensus. The outcomes of the meeting are now the subject of many debates, and are expected to develop further as ICT-relat...
 30 Dec 2012

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Most of us rely heavily on cloud services. The use of Gmail, Google docs, FlickR, Dropbox, iTunes are but a very few, common examples of cloud services which allow us to store our data online. Yet most of us take these services completely for grante...
 4 Dec 2012

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[Update] Scroll down to the section 'Also of Interest' below to read the webinar digest, where you can also watch/download an audio/video recording of the webinar, and view/download the webinar presentation. By moving to the cloud, we are e...
 27 Nov 2012

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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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We caught up with Diplo’s Vladimir Radunovic who attended the 2nd Belgrade Security Forum at the end of September. The forum was convened to discuss the challenges to democracy and security in this time of global crisis. Vladimir was one of the...
 16 Oct 2012

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You are involved in human rights online, but wickitee (WCIT) sounds like something used to play cricket, ETNO sounds like the name of a robot, and Baku like an exotic vacation spot. Or you know what SOPA/PIPA refers to (right: alphabet soup in Spanis...
 12 Oct 2012

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[Update] The webinar webcast is now available for viewing or downloading. Scroll down for links. The special host for our October webinar is Professor Wolfgang Kleinwächter, professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation at the...
 30 Oct 2012

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The Internet has expanded the ability for online users to communicate, participate, engage, and share. Despite rapid technological advances, users continue to experience censorship, infringements on their freedom of speech, surveillance, Internet dis...
 3 Oct 2012

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The 48th General Assembly of CENTR - the association of Internet Country Code Top Level Domain Registries - gathered representatives from the majority of European ccTLD Registries, as well as from other partner institutions such as VeriSign, ICANN, A...
 4 Oct 2012

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Deirdre Williams writes: My last post was about changing perceptions about space, location, 'being there'. Thinking about that brings me to the changing perception about personal identity on the Internet. My friend Daniel shared with me the ...
 26 Sep 2012

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The Belgrade Security Forum (BSF) is a high-level regional hub for policy dialogue intended to meaningfully contribute to the development of the security community in the western Balkans and to the ongoing European and global security and foreign pol...
 20 Sep 2012

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The Policy Research Methodology course forms part of the Policy Phase (third phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme). The call for applications closed on 31 August 2012. The course is designed as an introduction to the principl...
 17 Sep 2012

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[Update] Scroll down to the section 'Also of Interest' below to read the webinar digest, where you can also watch/download an audio/video recording of the webinar, and view/download the webinar presentation. Our September webinar will be ho...
 25 Sep 2012

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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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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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‘Balkanisation’ has become a popular term in Internet politics. It is reported that Erich Schmidt from Google introduced the concept of ‘Balkanisation through regulation’ in his warning about the risk of Internet governa...
 7 Sep 2012

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‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend.’ This is one way to read ETNO’s (European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association) most recent proposal to the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) to regulate the possibil...
 5 Sep 2012

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[Update] Scroll down to the section 'Also of Interest' below to read the webinar digest, where you can also watch/download an audio/video recording of the webinar, and view/download the webinar presentation. Carrying 60% of global LTE traff...
 28 Aug 2012

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Would you like to develop analytical skills in challenging Information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet governance (IG) topics that have strategy and development dimensions? Would you like to learn how to write a research proposal, wit...
 20 Aug 2012

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The cost for Internet access differs significantly from one country to another. Take for instance the price for 1Mbps: it can cost $250 in Togo (TogoTelecom), and $445 in Niger (Orange Niger), but it can cost only $25 for an 8Mbps connection in Franc...
 8 Aug 2012

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One of this year’s ISOC NGL courses at DiploFoundation offered its students a pretty neat, and, one can say, once in a lifetime chance to ‘hang out’ with Vint Cerf, Google’s chief Internet Evangelist and often referred to as o...
 3 Aug 2012

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Try removing an unwanted tattoo. Many dermatologists will tell you that removal depends on colour, depth, and length of treatment. In some cases, you can expect scarring or discolouration. Whether or not you have a tattoo, the information you post o...
 1 Aug 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, and view/download the webinar presentation. The number and capacity of cabl...
 31 Jul 2012

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The political spectrum in Hungary has been providing lots of food for thought and discussion in recent weeks.Topics like Internet governance, media censorship, anti-Semitism and europhobia are being tossed around in daily conversation. There&#3...
 7 Jul 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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This training workshop gave participants an overview of the multidisciplinary field of IG (including technical, legal, economic, socio-cultural, and developmental aspects) and explained interplay among international, regional and national IG policy p...
 27 Jun 2012

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We are at the end of the first six months of a very eventful year in Internet governance. What were the main developments, and what can we expect during the next six months? On Tuesday, 26th June, our host Dr Jovan Kurbalija led a discussion on IG d...
 27 Jun 2012

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The i’s have been dotted and the t’s have been crossed and Diplo’s EU/ACP project has officially closed. The Capacity Building Programme and Community Development in Internet Governance and ICT Policy for Intra-ACP regional and sub-...
 22 Jun 2012

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On 6 June, at the Republic Agency for Electronic Communication in Serbia, a Remote Participation HUB was convened for the first plenary session of EuroDIG 2012: Intellectual property rights in the digital environment. The remote HUB was orga...
 21 Jun 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, and view/download the webinar presentation. So far this year, the IG proces...
 26 Jun 2012

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The European Commission is one of the long-standing actors in the Internet governance process. It shares its competence with the EU Member States on many aspects of Internet governance. Due to the fact that the European Union incorporates 27 member s...
 11 Jun 2012

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Each advanced course is 8 weeks in duration, starting with an introductory week, followed by 6 weeks of intensive learning and knowledge sharing among participants. The courses end with a narrative exam given to assess the level of understanding of i...
 11 Jun 2012

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What is the role of the European Commission in the global governance of the Internet? What are the key principles and objectives that guide the European Commission's work in this area? Listen to the podcast to follow the webinar discussion condu...
 29 May 2012

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[Update] Scroll down to the section 'Also of Interest' below to read the webinar digest, where you can also watch/download an audio recording of the webinar. Our May Internet governance webinar will focus on the European Commission and Inter...
 29 May 2012

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Have you ever doubted the importance of Internet governance? Probably not, because you realize that how the Internet is managed affects us today, and will shape our future. But Internet governance is taking a place on the diplomatic stage as well, as...
 25 May 2012

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The New Yorker has a real corker of a story online on possible tech fixes to combat climate change. Titled 'The Climate Fixers,' the article examines so-called 'geoengineering' efforts to halt increasing global temperatures that are a...
 22 May 2012

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If you are in Geneva, make sure to visit Rousseau’s island (5 minutes walk from the Cornavin train station), Rousseau’s birthplace turned-museum in Geneva’s Old Town, and a few other installations dedicated to the celebration of 300...
 16 May 2012

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Diplo is pleased to announce a new call for applications for the following courses, which form part of the Advanced Phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme: Cybersecurity E-participation History of Internet ...
 14 May 2012

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Mainstream media no longer controls the narrative on a policy subject. It must expect debate, and counter-narratives. The next best thing to influence a policy narrative is to speak up early and loudly in order to set the theme and tone of the discus...
 14 May 2012

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Aini is a young Asian diplomat struggling to make sense of the Internet issues that she often has to deal with in her job. Diplomat's job is increasingly moving from traditional issues to specialised ones, including Internet, climate change and m...
 4 May 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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Caribbean Internet infrastructure expert Shernon Osepa will be a special guest at the IGCBP12 Islands and Americas class meeting today, to answer questions about critical Internet resources, especially for Caribbean and island countries. ...
 1 Apr 2012

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A collection of abstracts from research projects conducted during the 2010/2011 Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP)

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The United Nations has issued a press release anouncing the renewal of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) for the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). All of us at DiploFoundation join the IG community in congratulating the new MAG, the UN, ...
 26 Apr 2012

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ISOC (the Internet Society) is celebrating its 20th anniversary in Geneva at the Global INET Conference. Yesterday, discussions centered onImagining the Future Internet: Collaborative Leadership Exchange highlighting user ideas, while today&#39...
 23 Apr 2012

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His own personal website censored by government, his car vandalised, and his supporters’ initiatives blocked. Yet, he found a unique way of circumventing the censorship. He transferred all the content from his website and from many other websit...
 19 Apr 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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Vanity Fair has a long and detailed article by Michael Joseph Gross on the future of the Internet and the numerous competing parties that are battling for control of its future. It highlights as a starting point the December meeting of diplomat...
 17 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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Capacity Development (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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Capacity Development (2009)
 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)
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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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Capacity Development (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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Capacity Development (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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Capacity Development (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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Capacity Development (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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Capacity Development (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)
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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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Capacity Development (2009)
 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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Capacity Development (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...
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'There is a difference from taking a physical course, and some nuances of real-world, human interaction were missing. Yet, in a way, this difference helped me to concentrate better... in e-learning, one can stay more focused...' - Janyl Bokonbaeva from Kyrgyzstan

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'A worldwide community of people is built, accompanied by the network of the organisations and institutions each one represents. Such a community has an enormous analytic and decision-influencing potential once introduced to the global process.' - Vladimir Radunovic from Serbia

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'Development challenges are enormous for Africa and they go beyond promoting information and communication technology. One important issue currently is how Africa will solve its energy problems, which are a threat to progress on the continent.' - Ken Lohento from Benin

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
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'This is not an outside imposition of technology, but an enthusiastic acceptance of support... the ideal situation, where just a push, just a bit of help, can enable the local population to maximise use of resources under their own direction.' - Virginia Paque from Wisconsin, USA

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
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'I had to use all possible means of getting people to participate actively in the programme... What learning style does a person have? Is it part of his or her culture or not? These were the questions for which I looked to find answers.' - Veronica Cretu from Moldova

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Capacity Development (2009)
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'I found that living in a developed economy is quite different from living in my developing country environment. Things like the Internet are taken for granted...In sub-saharan Africa, lack of the same (Internet) resources would automatically discourage me...' - John Walubengo from Kenya

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
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'There is a huge need for online learning infrastructure at the national level in my country and I am sure it is the same in other small island developing states... I encourage governments to have their public  servants, in particular youth to study Internet governance...' - Fuatai Purcell from Samoa

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
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'It is a sustainable project with great  results. The participants of our capacity building projects are currently taking charge of managing local  initiatives, drafting regional ICT policy plans and training their own teams.' - Dhrupad Mathur from India

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Emerging Leaders (2007)
 Dhrupad Mathur , 2007
 
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'My vision for Malawi is to have educational institutions connected to the Internet and to each other. This would provide for reduction in cost, as we would... use lecturers/teachers from other institutions to teach students across the country...' - Ulemu Nyasulu from Malawi

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Emerging Leaders (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 ...
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'[John Walubengo] introduced me to KictaNET... I got involved in ICT and... what it could do at a time when Kenya was revising its national ICT policy...' - Judith Okite from Kenya

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Judith Okite , 2011
 
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'I am equally humbled to have found myself in a position to utilise the Internet and all of its potential and  underlying capacity to be the catalyst for development and transformation in my country, in my region, and in SIDS.' - Tracy Hackshaw from Trinidad and Tobago

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Tracy Hackshaw , 2011
 
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‘I believe whistle-blowing websites have a greater role to play in the future of the humankind. These are a few  of the issues that I became aware of through DiploFoundation, on whose blogosphere these issues continue to  be debated.’ - Felix Samakande from Zimbabwe

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Felix Samakande , 2011
 
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I unpacked my souvenirs from Abuja, and realised my best memories were not of Nigeria and Africa, but of Nigerians and Africans. I had just arrived, exhausted and jet-lagged from the IDLELO 5's Free and Open Source Foundation For Africa Conferenc...
 29 Mar 2012

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‘I can confirm that the level of awareness of IG issues is increasing amongst the general ICT community, and even more people from Botswana getting involved in IG issues at local level and key stakeholders are finally taking notice.’ - Gaongalelwe-Gaolaolwe Mosweu from Botswana

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Gaongalelwe-Gaolaolwe Mosweu , 2011
 
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‘A critical activity will be information dissemination – educating people about IG issues and assisting them in formulating views and opinions that can not only be applied to their lives, but which can be communicated to national and regional leaders as appropriate.’ - Michele Marius from Jamaica

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Michele Marius , 2011
 
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'I also see an increasing responsibility for leaders to govern equitably, fairly, and with justice. Their flexibility and openness to drive the nation and the region forward is becoming increasingly evident.' Sala Tamanikaiwaimaro from Fiji

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Sala Tamanikaiwaimaro , 2011
 
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'There is a need to address these challenges to enhance the capacity of the AU organs, institutions and member states to better respond to instances of ICT policy in Africa. As part of the evolving African governance architecture, there is a need to formulate an ICT strategy...' - Eliot Nsega from Uganda

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Eliot Nsega , 2011
 
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‘Witnessing the open community policy development process at the AfriNIC community led me to further appreciate the importance of the Policy Research Phase of the Diplo IGCBP. AfriNIC-13 was an eye opener...’ - Maduka Attamah from Nigeria

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Maduka Attamah , 2011
 
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‘Capacity building is necessary to allow for equal participation... It will require all of us who have leadership positions to gain more knowledge to be able to provide, promote, and support Internet access for all.’ - Angelic Alihusain-del Castilho from Surinam

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Angelic Caroline Alihusain-del Castilho , 2011
 
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‘My personal knowledge reflects other cultures and types of people in Fiji and the Pacific. I live not only with one race but with many who have different cultural and traditional values.’ - Anju Mangal from Fiji

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Anju Mangal , 2011
 
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‘Internet governance (IG) is a new field which lacks expertise in Madagascar. Some of the pressing issues in Madagascar are the digital divide, IT illiteracy, and the inadequacy of national jurisdiction with technology advances.’ - Zoniaina Fitahiana Rakotomalala from Madagascar

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Zoniaina Fitahiana Rakotomalala , 2011
 
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‘Indeed, the Internet can be a doubleedged sword. Consequently, given man’s innate quest to have stability, reliability, and certainty in his life, governance of the Internet is only a natural evolution.' - Valmikki Singh from Guyana

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Valmikki Singh , 2011
 
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‘While employers and tertiary institutions have been providing Internet access to their employees for the last 10–12 years, the majority of Fijians have only been able to afford Internet access at home within the last five or six years...’ - Sam Goundar from Fiji

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Sam Goundar , 2011
 
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‘With the number of training courses I have attended, including attending the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), I have learnt a lot.’
 

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Dalsie Greenrose Kalna Baniala , 2011
 
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Intellectual property rights, such as patents, are “good good good” - or so we say out loud. Well, way may be soon chanting a different tune. Patents were a conditional bounty at the outset: a time-limited monopoly was granted provided...
 28 Mar 2012

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‘Students and teachers do not have to sit in the classroom or be face-to-face but can now take part in  e-learning from anywhere in the world and at any time, thanks to online facilities.’ - Shareeni Kala from Fiji

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Shareeni Kala , 2011
 
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‘I strongly believe that personal development is most important for my teaching and research. Indeed, I have always been keen to improve my areas of expertise and share newly acquired knowledge with my students.’ - Lenandlar Singh from Guyana

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Lenandlar Singh , 2011
 
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‘Some of the major issues in the African region that we, as individuals, have to face are infrastructure implementation, awareness, and education. Luckily, there have been encouraging steps by several stakeholders and the younger generations...’ - Duksh Koonjoobeeharry from Mauritius

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Duksh Kumar Koonjoobeeharry , 2011
 
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‘It is necessary to ensure the responsible use of technology and to stress the innovation and knowledge sharing that technology allows over the opportunity for piracy, slander, and other ‘negative’ activities’ - Arlene Buckmire-Outram from Grenada

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Arlene Buckmire-Outram , 2011
 
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‘There is so much work still to be done. There are so many unraveling threads. There is so much still to create. There is much need to better use the Internet for development.’ - Sheba Mohammid from Trinidad and Tobago

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Emerging Leaders in Internet governance
 Sheba Mohammid , 2011
 
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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 discussion workshop gathered the CDMSI members to provide a holistic view of the field of Internet governance, map the issues, actors and process, and to discuss the role of Council of Europe in global and regional diplomatic processes, all in li...
 27 Mar 2012

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The publication contains research project summaries written by students of the 2011 Research Phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP2011). The summaries were presented during EuroDIG 2011.

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Internet governance research paper
 IGCBP2011 alumni , 2011
 
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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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ICANN’s policy on the special protection of the Red Cross and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) names has triggered a very lively discussion including contributions by Konstantinos Komatis, Milton Muller, Wolfgang Kleinwächte...
 21 Mar 2012

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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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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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Diplo IGCBP programme coordinator Ginger Paque gives a 3-day workshop overview of Internet governance for the FOSSFA/OSFAM IDLELO5 conference in Abuja, Nigeria See http://openhealthnews.com/hotnews/african-open-source-idlelo5-conference-great-...
 22 Mar 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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If this year can be judged by its first month, 2012 will be a very eventful year for Internet governance. The Internet is part of the global communication structure, impacting everything from the geo-politics of the major powers to the lives of ordin...
 7 Feb 2012

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Recording of the 'Copyright infringement from SOPA-PIPA to Megaupload' webinar discussions held on Tuesday, 31st January, 2012, hosted by Jovan Kurbalija. If you missed the webinar, or if you would like to listen to the webinar again, click o...
 31 Jan 2012

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The purpose of this paper is to identify new developments and innovations in diplomatic practice resultant from the WSIS and WGIG. First, the author describes the overall WSIS framework and specific aspects of the WGIG. Second, he identifies the new developments and innovation in diplomatic practice that are likely of lasting importance. The author does so by comparing WSIS diplomatic practice to the practices developed during other major UN summits held since the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Finally, the author discusses if a new type of diplomacy dealing with ICT/Internet issues, usually described as Internet Diplomacy, that has emerged from the WSIS and WGIG processes.

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Internet governance research paper
 Jovan Kurbalija , 2007
 
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The paper aims to identify best practices and lessons learned in multi-stakeholder partnership (MSP) practices at the global policy level through a participatory methodology based on interviews and an online electronic survey.

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Internet governance research paper
 Patrick Kalas , 2007
 
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This paper discusses cybersecurity in Fiji and offers recommendations to challenges such as the vulnerability of systems due to lack of a cybersecurity framework. The poorly framed laws and lack of appropriate policies.

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Internet governance research paper
 Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro , 2010
 
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This study focuses ont he Net Neutrality controversy. It aims to answer a number of questions including - If Net Neutrality deserves protection, the question is how? Should a political or legal solution be enacted at national or international levels? Can we trust an informal free-market solution that may develop on its own, or should legal and political means be used to enunciate this principle? Will market forces ensure the best outcome, whatever this may be? The report seeks to analyze the issues of Net Neutrality with a particular focus on developing countries, and proposes further steps to protect their interests. 

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Internet governance research paper
 Romina Bocache, Andrei Mikheyev, Virginia Paque , 2007
 
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The paper seeks to render a critical analysis that will lead and co-ordinate a programme of promotional work across the region, including the integration of ICT strategies in its promotional work.

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Internet governance research paper
 Eliot Nsega , 2010
 
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[Update] Scroll down to the section 'Also of Interest' below to listen to or download an audio recording of the webinar. Join us on Tuesday 31st January, at 14:00 GMT, for our end-of-month IG webinar, hosted by Dr Jovan Kurbalija. We will be...
 31 Jan 2012

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In this paper, Derrick Cogburn outlines a vision for multistakeholder democratic participation in global information and communication policy processes. Drawing on international regime theory, Cogburn suggests that the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is an explicit attempt to formulate the principles, norms, and values of an emergent international regime to govern the information society in general, and the Internet specifically. 

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Multistakeholder Diplomacy - Challenges and Opportunities. Ed by J. Kurbalija and V. Katrandjiev (2006)
 Derrick L. Cogburn , 2006
 
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DiploFoundation is currently accepting applications for course participants for the 2012 Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP12).This online programme is designed to improve Internet policy and IG-related knowledge...
 16 Jan 2012

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On 12 January, Dr Jovan Kurbalija hosted a webinar, themed 'Internet governance in 2012: What can we expect?' Participants from all over the world joined Dr Kurbalija to debate the 2012 Internet governance predictions, and to discuss question...
 16 Jan 2012

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Aldo Matteucci comments on the Delhi High Court warning to Facebook and Google that their websites will be blocked if they dipsplay "obscene depictions online of Jesus Christ, the Prophet Mohammed, and various Hindu deities." He focus...
 13 Jan 2012

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I’m new to Internet governance. In fact, before the 5th IGF in Vilnius, the Internet was just something short of miraculous that worked – most of the time – and delivered the results I needed – most of the time. I had no idea ...
 10 Jan 2012

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[Update] Scroll down to the section 'Also of Interest' below to listen to or download an audio recording of the webinar. For this crystal ball exercise, we propose the following 5 topics to start the discussion. During the webinar, we will p...
 12 Jan 2012

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In response to Vint Cerf's op-ed on 'Internet Access Is Not a Human Right'in the New York Times, Aldo Matteucci asks: 'Does the technology tail wag the human rights dog?'In his blog post, Aldo discusses some misconcept...
 6 Jan 2012

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What would you say if you had to read that on average, children in Europe start to go online at the age of seven? And how many children, aged between 9 and 12, do you think have a social networking profile? (Despite age restrictions, it’s 38% &...
 4 Jan 2012

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A provisional list of the ten most significant events and developments can be foundhere. Yet, the list is currently a 'draft'. Tuesday's webinar, hosted by Dr Kurbalija, will give participants the opportunity to discuss them, add ot...
 20 Dec 2011

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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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Who owns the cloud? Is my data secure there? Who manages Internet domains and addresses and how? What is network neutrality? How can states provide for Internet security without breaching our basic human rights? Or can they? Can we have an Internet t...
 1 Dec 2011

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DiploFoundation director DrJovan Kurbalija, Internet Governance specialist, and DrEduardo Gelbstein, former director of the UN International Computing Centre, will discuss a number of questions: What are the main challenges of cyb...
 24 Nov 2011

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Jovan Kurbalija’s An Introduction to Internet governance in Serbian (BCS) –Uvod u upravljanje internetom – was yesterday launched during the 19th Serbian Telecommunications Forum (Telfor), in Belgrade. The event was attended by Serbian h...
 23 Nov 2011

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Jovan Kurbalija’s An Introduction to Internet Governance has 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 Administratio...
 21 Oct 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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After attracting more than 70 contributions, the second version of our online discussion on the ‘.Africa’ debate is now available for further comments and recommendations. The new draft is at http://discuss.diplomacy.edu/dotafrica. We invite all t...
 11 Aug 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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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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I’m reading two unrelated articles, both on cloud computing. The first article describes Apple’s launch of iCloud during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC 2011), last week. Much hype surrounded Apple’s procla...
 16 Jun 2011

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‘Hurrah! The Netherlands has become the first European country to enshrine Net Neutrality in law.’ Many would share John Naughton’s joyous feeling expressed in his blog on 10 June. Many - but not everyone. In fact, a good number of those following...
 11 Jun 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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The workshop will explore the multidisciplinary field of Internet governance (including technical, legal, economic, socio-cultural, and developmental aspects), the interplay among international, regional and national IG and ICT policy processes, a...
 25 Mar 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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On 13-14 December, Jovan Kurbalija and VladimirRadunovic addressed a group of 20 participants from the Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other government departments. The seminar focused on the impact of ICT and Internet on diplomacy. The...
 13 Dec 2010

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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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Blackberry developer Research In Motion must be very busy these days fighting its way through bans. A handful of countries threatened to block some or all of the Blackberry services, after raising concern that local data first travels overseas before...
 8 Sep 2010

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In 2004, when I told my friends what I was doing as a member of WGIG – the Working Group on Internet Governance, they often called on me to fix their printers or install new software. As far as they were concerned, I was doing something related...
 26 Aug 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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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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