Looking back to see the future of digital governance This year, we celebrate the 15th anniversary of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). For this occasion, as part of the WSIS Forum 2020, a series of high-level discussi...
 10 Sep 2020

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

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

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Today’s headlines often feature the word ‘cyber’, reporting on threats related to the virtual world: online child abuse, stolen credit cards and virtual identities, malware and viruses, botnets and denial-of-service attacks on corporate and governmen...
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Reflections on 2015 and predictions for 2016 Digital politics are quite predictable. We know this from experience: six years of making annual predictions of policy developments in the digital field. With the exception of the Snowden revelations in...
 20 Jan 2016

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

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Many digital policy areas increased in relevance in October when compared to previous months. The debates which surrounded a number of important events and court judgments during the month have continued to shape the WSIS+10 and IANA transition proce...
 1 Nov 2015

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The Zero Draft the ‘WSIS +10’ document was published on 9 October 2015. Apart from expected provisions (e.g. IGF extension, multistakeholder participation, protection of human rights), the Zero Draft introduces some new elements, as...
 12 Oct 2015

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The digital policy developments in September were dominated by the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, and the USA-China meeting from which a cyber arms deal emerged. Other developments were also important, such as the non-binding op...
 2 Oct 2015

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Cybersecurity, the global IG architecture, the IANA transition process, privacy and data protection, and the responsibility of Internet intermediaries ranked high on the digital policy agenda during the summer months, the IG Barometer for July and Au...
 27 Aug 2015

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June proved to be another intensive month for cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and net neutrality. The IG Barometer revealed that new cybersecurity attacks, the anticipated announcement of the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy, and c...
 2 Jul 2015

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From 25 to 29 May 2015, the ICT development community, joined by diplomats, academics, and business representatives, gathered to discuss topics related to Internet governance (IG). This year’s forum had the subtitle ‘Innovating together: Enabling ICT...
 4 Jun 2015

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While many Internet governance events and developments took place in May, two main highlights emerged, as noted by Diplo director and Geneva Internet Governance head Dr Jovan Kurbalija, last week during the monthly IG briefing. First, the link bet...
 1 Jun 2015

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Internet governance (IG) is presently at a crossroads. The international community must address the risks and vulnerabilities faced by governments, corporations and citizens; while still ensuring digital growth and innovation. Why? ...
 25 May 2015

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Background The WSIS+10 Process marks the ten-year milestone since the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), a two-phase summit (2003-2005) which defined the issues, policies and frameworks to tackle information and communication te...
 27 May 2015

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Why vote for us? WSIS Project Prizes recognise the efforts of stakeholders for their added value to society and their commitment towards achieving the WSIS goals. For us, this means a vote of support in recognition of the contribution which the Int...
 1 May 2015

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We need your support: vote for Diplo's two projects in the WSIS Project Prizes 2015 voting process. DiploFoundation's Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (ICGBP) has been nominated for a WSIS Project Prize under Category 4 &ndash...
 13 Apr 2015

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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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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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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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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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Written just before WSIS 2005, Petru Dumitriu takes us through an accounted journey of the WSIS process from 2003 in Geneva to the preparatory stages of the Tunis Summit in 2005. In this chapter Dumitriu also put forward suggestions for a post-multistakeholder summit where all stakeholders could use their creativity and resources to consolidate what has been established and to develop new forms of dialogue and partnership among themselves.

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Multistakeholder Diplomacy - Challenges and Opportunities. Ed by J. Kurbalija and V. Katrandjiev (2006)
 Petru Dumitriu, 2006
 
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