Millions of online meetings happen every day in teleconferencing rooms, webinars, Skype, and other online facilities. The nature and dynamics of meetings have been changing. An important impact of online participation can be a reduction in our carbon...
 24 Jan 2020

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When Greta Thunberg travelled by boat and train to attend the recent UN Climate Change Summit in 2019, she sent a wake-up call to diplomats and policymakers to search for innovative digital diplomacy tools, such as online conferencing, to reduce flyi...
 8 Jan 2020

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If you are reading this blog, you probably have at least a few things in common with me. Obviously, you can read and write. In English. You have access to an Internet connection, probably from your own smartphone or computer. You probably have electr...
 13 Dec 2017

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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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On 8 February 2017, the Geneva Engage Awards recognised the outstanding efforts of Geneva-based organisations in social media engagement during last year. The awards, now an annual event, form part of the Geneva Engage initiative. On the occasion of ...
 3 Mar 2017

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The number of active users on social networks has increased exponentially over the past few years. If we take Facebook and Twitter, for instance, the number of monthly users surpasses the one billionmark. Diplomats have long realised that in...
 23 Mar 2016

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Observation and participation are two different things. With the emergence of television in late 50’s people were mesmerized with this new technology which allowed them to observe things that had been unreachable so far in their lifetimes. O...
 3 Mar 2016

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It doesn’t take a genius to figure that one out. Of course in situ gatherings, including both meetings and kids’ games, came first, probably around campsites and campfires. Interesting to note, then, that the 2015 World Championship Leagu...
 11 Dec 2015

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As the old saying goes, there are two sides to every coin. Some positive and also some negative movements have been noticed lately around Bitcoin. Finally, after a long period of decline, the Bitcoin price has started to increase. It has passed the $...
 5 Mar 2015

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2014 was a very interesting year for Bitcoin: even though its price dropped 67%, there were major moves in terms of trade, transactions, and capital investments. Big brand names like Microsoft, Dell, Expedia, Dell, NewEgg, and Overstock started to ac...
 28 Jan 2015

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For those of us who prefer to avoid the in-store mania that is part and parcel of the Christmas shopping season, Bitcoin offers a quiet alternative. More and more businesses are accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as payment for their produc...
 22 Dec 2014

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How to improve inclusion in the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) process through online resources, tools, and facilitation was one of the points of discussion at the IGF 2015 Open Consultations and Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meetings in Gen...
 11 Dec 2014

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Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year, is on the day after American Thanksgiving so Black Friday 2014 was on 28 November. While the majority of users paid for their items in cash and credit cards, bitcoin’s friends weren’t left out; t...
 9 Dec 2014

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As we follow Bitcoin’s expansion, we see that a lot of retailers are now accepting Bitcoin as a payment method. Some non-profit organisations have also decided to make a change and say yes to donations in bitcoins. Bitcoin’s philanthropic...
 3 Nov 2014

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Since the last DiploFoundation/GIP conference on this topic, a lot of changes have occurred with Bitcoin, a software-based online payment system. More than 60,000 online retailers now accept virtual currencies worldwide. This growing popularity has s...
 28 Oct 2014

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Yesterday, at the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland, more than 100 people gathered to watch a debate between the ‘Bitcoin Jesus’ Roger Ver and the IMD’s Professor of Financ...
 3 Oct 2014

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During the summer, Budapest joined other cities in the world (New York, Dallas, Canberra, Johannesburg, and Douglas, Isle of Man) as its first first Bitcoin ATM (aka BTM - Bitcoin teller machine), was unveiled in a bar (Anker Klub on Anker köz),...
 1 Oct 2014

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The cryptocurrency story is a continuation of the long-running saga of economics, markets, and commodity exchange in human society. With the constant rise of the global network, we have witnessed many global services becoming widely accepted and in a...
 9 Jun 2014

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So you think you know all about webinars? You know that webinars are virtual classrooms that include live audio and video from the presenter. Many organisations use webinars as a live classroom for education, promotion, or just in time business meeti...
 13 Mar 2014

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Today is Safer Internet Day. Be honest – did you know? More importantly, do you feel confident you can can give sensible advice to your peers or to the young people at whom this programme is mainly directed? In relation to Digital Diplomacy, sl...
 11 Feb 2014

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There are only 24 hours in a day. Nothing we can do will change that. And for some, 24 hours might seem like an eternity; for me, it's never enough. My to-do list seems to grow instead of shrink and one fleeting moment last week where it had only...
 27 Jan 2014

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New Media is a broad term that can refer to everything from interactive photo and video displays to social blogging platforms, and those who are able to integrate all types of media into compelling narratives will be the most successful journalists. ...
 6 Jan 2014

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Last Monday, in Philadelphia, about 13 000 representatives of law enforcement agencies from around the world met at the 120th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exhibition. ...
 28 Oct 2013

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On the international level, online channels create new possibilities for overcoming barriers to participation, such as a lack of human and financial resources, or environmental constraints, which may affect both non-governmental actors and actors fro...
 7 Jun 2013

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My Facebook page was full of updates on Istanbul on Monday morning and to my shame I hadn't realised that anything untoward was going on over there. I spent most of the weekend offline amidst the poppies and vineyards at the Balaton and then had ...
 4 Jun 2013

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I finally got online this morning after many hours of connection problems during which I contemplated how reliant I have become on the Internet. My work depends on it. Forget snow days, where the weather is too awful for kids to get to school. Forget...
 3 Jun 2013

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This post describes the latest stage in our continuing experiments using open tools and video to support online events and learning. On Wednesday 17 April 2013 we at Diplo discussed some key online learning questions: is social media an integrated pa...
 8 May 2013

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Twenty years ago today, Neil Papworth sent the world's first SMS on Vodafone UK’s GSM network. It said: Merry Christmas. To mark the occasion, Vodacom SA interviewed Neil by text... Q: What was the idea behind trying to send a text messag...
 3 Dec 2012

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The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is leading the field when it comes to e-participation. It has used remote participation in 1000+ meetings with more than 5000 delegates in attendance. Anders Norsker, Chief of the Information Services ...
 20 Nov 2012

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When it comes to poor taste, 20-year-old Matthew Woods has plenty. This is the chap who posted offensive comments about missing five-year-old Welsh girl,April Jones, on his Facebook page. He pleaded guilty under s.127 of the UK Communications A...
 18 Oct 2012

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I've come to accept the place social media has in our twenty-first-century lives and although I bemoan the fact that real-life communication is being replaced by virtual communication, that real-life friendships are losing out to virtual friendsh...
 24 Jul 2012

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The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) has as its mission to promote mutual cooperation and European and Euro-Atlantic integration of South East Europe in order to inspire development in the region for the benefit of its people. With its Secretariat ...
 10 Jul 2012

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Stephano Baldi, Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Italy to the European Union, has been active in using new Web and eMedia since the Web 2.0 wave gained strength over the past 10 years. Stephano showed this, his basic e-toolbox. ...
 4 Jun 2011

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Despite the fact that there are thousands of applications available for PCs, diplomats (like most other people) tend to use only a very lilmited number of them (5-6?). Stefano Baldi, Italian diplomat and one of pioneers in the field of e-diplomacy, ...
 24 Mar 2010

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WHY? In diplomatic life it is often necessary to organize meetings which involve the participation of several individuals. Either for internal briefings or for external meetings or just for a simple appointment with many people, it is not al...
 4 Mar 2010

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WHY? In many occasions it is necessary to create and/or exchange files containing documents that cannot be modified and look exactly like to the original. A kind of digital photocopy. The PDF format ensure this possibility. WHAT IT DOES A P...
 4 Mar 2010

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WHY? The first assumption is that once you have located useful information on the Internet, you will probably want to note the address (URL) of the information for easy future access. One simple way to do this is with bookmarking. The second assump...
 4 Mar 2010

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WHY? In many occasions diplomats need to organize or to be organized. Sometimes this activity refers to practical events (Conference, Meeting, Visit. etc.), sometime it refers to concepts or ideas (Reports, Speeches, Analysis, etc.). In both...
 3 Mar 2010

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WHY? Frequent communications are essential in the diplomatic world. International phone calls are the norm in diplomatic network. The 'Voice over IP' (VoIP) services offer interesting opportunities and can allow important savings through lo...
 3 Mar 2010

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WHY? The normal tool of ordinary and simple searches has now become, also for diplomats, the Internet. In particular the different search engines available (such as Google). Since searches often concern people (biographies) or issues, among the...
 3 Mar 2010

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WHY? Diplomats are confronted every day with a vast amount of information to consult. Most of this information is available and consulted online. Diplomats have more information at their disposal now that they have ever had, but it doe...
 2 Mar 2010

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Video-conferencing was a big hype in the 1990s when it was promoted as a way to replace traditional meetings. As with much hype, it was followed by a "disillusionment" phase. People simply preferred traditional meetings. In the meantime, v...
 2 Mar 2010

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WHY? The amount of information that every diplomat stores in hard disks is growing fast. Therefore no matter how good you are in naming and organizing your files and your digital documents it will still be difficult to find the information you need...
 24 Feb 2010

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