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By Danielle Tomson and David Morar on 01 Oct, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Internet Governance

You do not have to be a fan of conspiracy theories to worry about the precedent that Apple, YouTube and Facebook set by banning Alex Jones and Infowars.com. Jones complained that it was like ‘something out of “1984”’, as he does not know how to rebut Facebook’s decision. The company does not divulge how it makes these decisions, for fear that users would deliberately push boundaries.

By Andrijana Gavrilovic on 18 Sep, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

In our September WebDebate, we looked at space diplomacy. While space diplomacy is a hotly debated issue of geopolitical dimensions, it also reminds us of the need for multilateral efforts and pooling resources together in the interest of achieving a larger goal, while offering opportunities to foster better collaboration between scientists and diplomats under the various guises of science diplomacy.

By on 03 Sep, 2018 | From the channel/s: Data Reflections, Diplomacy, Internet Governance

Last Friday, the German newspaper Die Zeit organised its third Artificial Intelligence (AI) conference. I was born in Germany and have just moved back after a nine-year stint in Great Britain, so I went to get my first direct impression of the country’s relationship to AI and to hear debates about digital politics in general.

By Phoebe F. Mikhail on 31 Aug, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

Educators as diplomats

By Alan Franklin on 17 Aug, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

In public international law, the subjects of the law are generally considered to be states and international organisations (IOs); people, corporations and other entities are not bound by, nor entitled to, the benefits of international law. It is often said that international law functions on a different plane than domestic law.

By Ursula Wyss on 06 Aug, 2018 | From the channel/s: Data Reflections, Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy

As someone who has worked in public diplomacy since 2011, I do not remember a time when public diplomacy did not also mean digital diplomacy and, consequently, some manner of data diplomacy. From the beginning, the data we gleaned from social media was heavily dependent on what the social media platforms were willing to provide us with. In terms of data storage and data analytics, institutions need to put a great deal of trust in the data that social media platforms provide. Here are three issues which are crucial for institutions when working with social media and data sets:

By Alan Franklin on 24 Jul, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

We often discuss the issue of immunity of diplomats and consular officers from the jurisdiction of the receiving state. Rarely is the reverse considered; diplomats may sometimes require protection from their sending state.(1)

By Andrijana Gavrilovic on 09 Jul, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, Webinars

In our July WebDebate, we looked at what new skills are needed for mediators to operate in a conflict environment impacted by the spread of new technologies, what new tools have become available in this context, and how mediators can concretely benefit from these skills and tools.

By Biljana Scott on 25 Jun, 2018 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy

No true believer ever wavers! No true warrior dies in his bed! No true Norwegian takes sugar in coffee! No true American dishonours the stars and stripes! The No-true-Scotsman fallacy or ‘move’, as it is formally known, is an attempt to defend a generalisation against counter-examples by dismissing them as irrelevant.

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