Just as other aspects of our everyday lives have benefited significantly from the advancement of technology, so has our health. These advancements in technology not only provide us with tools to encourage us to monitor our health, but also help us st...
 6 Feb 2020

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Ms Katarina Andjelković is a researcher at DiploFoundation currently based in Belgrade. Katarina joined Diplo’s Data Team in October 2018 where she conducts research on structured and unstructured data, artificial intelligence, and other digital-poli...

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Al-based applications are already in use in numerous areas of life and present a great opportunity to increase prosperity and growth. At the same time numerous questions arise over the long-term impact of AI technologies on humankind. This is why the...
 28 Feb 2019

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DiploFoundation recognises the importance of the forum and has submitted a session on 'Data & diplomats: capacity development for diplomats and policy-makers in the data age', which will address the capacity development needs for decision-makers ...
 22 Oct 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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Explore the origins of multilateral diplomacy and its evolution within a dynamic and rapidly changing environment. This course introduces participants to the diplomatic interaction among more than two actors, with particular emphasis on the multil...
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As a lot is being written these days about a great man, I thought I’d add a few lines about what he meant to me. Before I went to South Africa three years ago he was a remarkable historical figure, but somehow distant, belonging to the te...
 17 Dec 2013

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Occasionally a certain conundrum has crossed my mind: it seems that more and more companies in the United States are embracing the reality of climate change and voicing support to take action against it. Yet despite this, why are there so many politi...
 1 Jun 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)
 Rodney Taylor , 2009
 
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'I realized I needed to take part in order to get an image of what other countries and regions acting in the process were doing, and to apply this to the reconstruction process in Iraq. The value I got from connecting with leading experts... was immense.' - Rasha Hameed from Iraq

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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)
 Charity Gamboa , 2009
 
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A recent report by Demos traces the rise of populism through online behaviour. Surveying over 2000 Facebook fans of Hungary’s far-Right political party Jobbik, the study finds that far from being the ‘typical angry young men’ so oft...
 29 Feb 2012

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The ongoing rapid process of modernization makes people largely more aware of the social and civic dynamics in which they are involved so that they demand increasing satisfaction of their higher expectations. But, Public Administrations of many countries in the world currently suffer from dysfunctions and inefficiencies, due to their inner bureaucratic inertia, which in turn causes distrust among citizens and slowdown in social and economic development.

We are persuaded that any Public Administration should become the leading force of its own country, generating concrete public value from which people and enterprises may benefit. In order to that, the public sector is called to big changes and structural re-conceptualization which it may pursue with the help of a number of performance and change management practices, already effectively experienced by the private sector.

This thesis takes into consideration a selected group of methodologies (the Six Sigma Initiative, the Toyota Production System, the Balanced Scorecard and the European Awareness Scenario Workshop), examines information and communication technologies until and beyond the frontiers of their actual application in the public sector and studies the new open innovation paradigm based on social networking. We provide hypotheses of their implementation about the Italian Public Administration and endorse argumentations in favour of their effectiveness in the public sector by the presentation of how other European and non-European Public Administrations have been innovating their structures and functions by the help of these same methodologies

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Dissertation library
 Eleonora Merlicco , 2008
 
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The reform of the Security Council of the United Nations (UNSC) has been an elusive issue at the United Nations (UN). While practically all Member States agree on the need to change the structure of the most powerful body of the world organization, so far there has been no agreement about what elements of that reform or about the substance of the reform itself.

In 2008, after more than 15 years of discussions in the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) with little progress, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) requested the OEWG to start intergovernmental negotiations on February 19, 2009. The general idea was that it should be easier for the Member States to agree on those issues where agreement existed, and to leave the most difficult issues for later. This approach termed interim, intermediary or transitional included the proviso of a mandatory review in the future at a time to be decided by the UN membership.

This dissertation discusses and analyzes the attempts at UNSC reform, with emphasis on the intergovernmental negotiations launched in 2009. It argues that little substantial agreement so far has come from such intergovernmental negotiations. Research findings indicate that insurmountable obstacles still lie ahead and that it is unlikely that the august body will be reformed any time soon. None of the proposals so far has obtained the necessary support for approval by the UNGA and serious disagreements continue to exist. All UN members recognize the need to make the UNSC more representative of the realities of the modern world, and that this means to expand the Council to offer participation to more members, but continue to disagree on how to do it.

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

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Internet governance research paper
 Nnenna Nwakanma , 2010
 
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In this paper, John Harper and Jennifer Cassingena Harper talk about knowledge as a vital resource, and the necessity of building competencies and establishing new skills. Analysing the theories by Ernst B. Haas in When Knowledge is Power: Three Models of Change in International Organisation, the authors trace the development of knowledge-oriented activities in the private sector, and its implications for organisations in the public and international domain.

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Knowledge and Diplomacy. Ed by J. Kurbalija (2002)
 John Harper and Jennifer Cassingena Harper , 2002

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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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