Regulation by states, or self-regulation by companies themselves? There is almost no field of Internet governance that does not involve this debate. The well-known example in the telecom market is, of course, service costs: business opts for an open...
 20 Jan 2012

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On June 11, UN Secretary General António Guterres launched the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation based on the report of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation. The launch was accompanied by a series of discussions on the Roadmap’s key recommendati...
 1 Jul 2020

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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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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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Two Caribbean nations, Guyana and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, currently hold important positions within the United Nations. At its plenary meeting on 22 November 2019, the Group of 77 (G77) at the United Nations – a coalition of 135 developing ...
 12 Feb 2020

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As the new year begins, let’s take a look back at the major developments that shaped digital policy in 2019.  Some issues were in focus throughout the year, such as those related to tackling the spread of online misinformation and violent extremism....
 20 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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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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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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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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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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  'Who do I call if I want to call Europe?' asked Kissinger a few decades ago. The essence of Kissinger’s question could easily translate to the digital context: who do we call to solve our digital problems? And I would even go a step further and as...
 5 Sep 2019

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The challenges in the digital sphere are met with a multitude of calls for action and declarations worldwide. In this spirit, EuroDIG 2019 has sent a strong signal on the need for stakeholders to strengthen their co-operation within the digital ecosy...
 26 Jul 2019

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Barbados will host the 15th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) quadrennial meeting in October 2020. It will be the first small state to host the conference. According to the Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Motley, hosti...
 22 Jul 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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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 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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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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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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Since its creation, the Internet has been regarded as a world of opportunities. Whereas it gives access to information, knowledge, and ideas, and contributes to faster communication and new business models, online engagement can also result in negati...
 30 Jan 2019

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Have you seen the recent 10-year challenge on social media - people posting their personal photos from 2008 and 2018 side by side? Our collective data consciousness increased after Cambridge Analytica, so the probable purpose of this meme was quickly...
 30 Jan 2019

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At the opening of the annual UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), held on 12–14 November 2018 at UNESCO in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron launched the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, a high-level declaration laying out common...
 19 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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Eleven students have graduatedMaster in Contemporary Diplomacyfrom theUniversity of Malta and DiploFoundation. Six of the students undertook a specialisation in Internet governance. The graduates and their research topi...
 28 Nov 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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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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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...
 2 Oct 2018

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Developments in AI, IoT and smart devices, and other data‑heavy applications have led to a major increase in data traffic. It is estimated that global data centre traffic will triple by 2020. The increase in volume of data has increased the scale of ...
 18 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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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 countr...
 3 Sep 2018

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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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Technology has great potential to help deliver the SDGs, but it can also be at the root of exclusion and inequality. We need to harness the benefits of advanced technologies for all. -UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, at the closing of...
 31 Jul 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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Issues related to the digital economy have gained prominance in the last few years. The volume of e-commerce is soaring, and the impact of cross-border data flows on gross domestic product (GDP) growth is now larger than the impact of the traditional...
 27 Jun 2018

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Last year’s rise in the price of cryptocurrency, and the emergence of a new way for collecting money from the public - Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) - introduced a massive rise of the cryptocurrency market valuation. At one point it peeked at USD$500 ...
 28 May 2018

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In May 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Denmark appointed the World's first 'tech ambassador' to Silicon Valley. The decision was quickly criticised in Denmark for providing a unnecessarily prominent platform for direc...
 2 May 2018

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The tech industry of the US California Bay Area has an unprecedented impact on the digital world. In addition to the technological advancements, it affects the economy, policy, and society, and engages with people worldwide. Technology is becoming sy...
 30 Apr 2018

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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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The increasingly digitalised world, the sharing economy, and the ongoing developments in automation and AI bring changes to the world of work. Several reports and studies released this month shed light on how these changes could look, how employers a...
 25 Mar 2018

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In the USA, the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act (CLOUD Act) is proposing to establish a new framework for authorities to access data stored abroad and thus amend the Stored Communications Act (SCA). We look at the salient features of the b...
 20 Mar 2018

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Microsoft has acknowledged that ‘the world needs new international rules to protect the public from nation state threats in cyberspace, and that ‘in short, the world needs a Digital Geneva Convention’. Mr Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Offi...
 15 Mar 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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For many countries, the specific locus of citizen and other data for jurisdictional purposes is the data’s actual location. However, jurisdiction should be framed from a data processing and transfer perspective, and multilateral trade rules may serve...
 20 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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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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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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DiploFoundation has become a member of the eTrade for All initiative, launched during the 2017 UNCTAD E-commerce Week. The initiative aims to expand the positive impact of e-commerce on development. It provides a hub for actors to find information, o...
 25 Aug 2017

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Bitcoin is growing rapidly. As we wrote two years ago, Bitcoin’s future was uncertain. The scalability of the network was at the centre of a dispute among major Bitcoin developers. Several solutions were fighting for primacy. Two years of harsh words...
 14 Aug 2017

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In 2016, according to a Gallup poll, 73% of Americans cited cyberterrorism as a leading threat to vital US interests in the next 10 years. However, what does it really mean when we deduce that there is a threat of cyberterrorism? Do we know who the t...
 3 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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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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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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Download the Press Release in PDF format Geneva, Switzerland, 9 June, 2017: Graduates of the Just-in-Time Course on Digital Commerce were in for something innovative as they attended their graduation ceremony on 7 June, at the WMO Buildi...
 9 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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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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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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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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An underlying theme of the discussion during the visit to Diplo’s CreativeLab in Belgrade by students from the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD) was on how: ‘Digital art and digital policy are disciplines that deal with the same issues from ...
 21 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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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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Discussions about fake news, ignited right after the US Presidential election in November 2016, have continued to dominate the public debate, as Internet companies increasingly face backlash over the spread of fake news on their platforms. Fake news ...
 8 Mar 2017

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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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Is cyber-armament a growing trend? What are the main diplomatic responses? And why is the private sector calling for a global political dialogue? This three-part post analyses cyber-armament as a growing trend, and looks at diplomatic initiatives on ...
 22 Feb 2017

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Is cyber-armament a growing trend? What are the main diplomatic responses? And why is the private sector calling for a global political dialogue? This three-part post analyses cyber-armament as a growing trend, and looks at diplomatic initiatives on ...
 21 Feb 2017

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Is cyber-armament a growing trend? What are the main diplomatic responses? And why is the private sector calling for a global political dialogue? This three-part post analyses cyber-armament as a growing trend, and looks at diplomatic and private sec...
 20 Feb 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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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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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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A report from the luncheon event on the occasion of the second meeting of the UN GGE The United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (UN GGE) 2016/2017 was constituted with experts from 25 countries. During the first meeting of the UN GGE held in...
 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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Governments have placed cybersecurity and cyberconflict at the top of their agendas. Bilateral cyber agreements among lead economies - including the EU, China, India, Japan, Russia, Germany, Canada, and the USA - are on the rise. The number of multil...
 2 Dec 2016

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By the year 2030, the United Nations hopes to realise their 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are concrete objectives that are simple to understand albeit challenging to achieve. The eighth SDG is about promoting “Decent Work and Economi...
 28 Nov 2016

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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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(with contributions from Aida Mahmutović) The fight over personal data transfers between the European Union (EU) and the USA is not over. Earlier this month, a second legal challenge directed at the Privacy Shield framework was raised. After be...
 18 Nov 2016

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Some takeaways from the Internet & Jurisdiction Conference, held in Paris, France, from 14 to 16 November 2016 The transborder nature of the Internet has posed considerable challenges to the territorially based concept of national jurisdiction...
 17 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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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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Exactly a year ago on November 11th, the Singles’ Day- an entertaining festival widespread among young Chinese people, to celebrate the fact that they are proud of being single -Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant made $14.3 billion, largely throug...
 11 Nov 2016

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The field of artificial intelligence (AI) has seen significant advances over the past few years, in areas such as smart vehicles and smart building, medical robots, communications, and intelligent education systems. These advances are expected to hav...
 29 Oct 2016

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Co-authored with Marília Maciel Over the past decade, the impressive growth in Internet traffic has meant the increasing mobility of data, services, and wealth, connecting more than 3 billion potential customers and producers, while triggering the...
 14 Oct 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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This post was originally published at the Huffington Post blog channel. By Constance Bommelaer de Leusse and Tereza Horejsova How can we create a more inclusive Internet? What are the practical steps we can take to expand global connecti...
 11 Oct 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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Why has Pokémon Go become such an ‘instant’ success? How does it - and augmented reality in general - affect different areas in digital policy? And what will augmented reality (AR) look like in the future? These questions - and more - were in focus d...
 20 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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The Geneva Internet Platform and DiploFoundation welcomed Geneva-based Ambassadors for a briefing on digital policy, led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, on 7 September 2016. The briefing was aimed at ambassadors who have recently presented their credentials i...
 8 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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Even though the dark web is often associated with 'the bad', it also contains 'the good' - and ‘the ugly’. What makes the dark web particularly resilient? Each day, over 3.5 billion queries are entered into Google’s search engine. Add billions of ...
 5 Aug 2016

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Users’ trust in different aspects of the Internet ecosystem has been in decline following the Snowden revelations and other recent developments. While trust is subjective and contextual, it is increasingly in focus as Internet governance stakeholders...
 1 Aug 2016

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DiploFoundation’s ‘Internet governance (IG) building under construction’ illustration is symbolic of the ever-changing world of digital policy. A new iteration sees new elements that denote emerging trends, in addition to the existing robust foundati...
 22 Jul 2016

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DiploFoundation is proud to announce a new initiative aimed at supporting the work of its alumni, in recognition of their achievements. The new Alumni Hub, at www.diplomacy.edu/alumni, will feature articles, events, webinars, alumni dissertations,...
 11 Jul 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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This month, Asia will be at the centre of many Diplo activities. Here is a round-up of what to expect. More updates will be made available during the month. In the preparations for the ModelASEM summit in Ulaanbaatar (6-10 July), Diplo’s ...
 4 Jul 2016

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Terrorists are using the Internet for a wide-range of purposes. On the operational side, terrorist organisations use ICTs for internal communication and fundraising, while on the public relations side, the Internet has proven to be an effective vehic...
 4 Jul 2016

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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...
 28 Jun 2016

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This question popped into my head during one of my Geneva walks. That day, on my daily attempt to pass 12,000 steps, I came across a poster that made me curios to visit an exhibition T’es où? (in English Where are you?) at the Geneva Science Mu...
 12 Jun 2016

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On 4 May, the Geneva Internet Platform and ICANN organised an open discussion on Ensuring Civil Society's Voice is Heard in ICANN. The discussion, held in Geneva, brought together experts involved in ICANN processes, and newcomers to the process,...
 13 May 2016

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Cyberspace has become an essential component of modern society, yet its merits are accompanied by threats. A growing number of reported cyber-incidents demand governments to come up with a strategic response to counter cyber-threats. This includes bu...
 5 May 2016

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Diplo’s webinar on the Apple-FBI case, on 17 March (watch the recording), evolved into a Socratic dialogue on the core concepts and underlying assumptions of the case. The lively debate inspired us to create a series of posts that argue the mai...
 30 Mar 2016

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Diplo’s webinar on the Apple-FBI case, on 17 March (watch the recording), evolved into a Socratic dialogue on the core concepts and underlying assumptions of the case. The lively debate inspired us to create a series of posts that argue the mai...
 28 Mar 2016

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Diplo’s webinar on the Apple-FBI case, on 17 March (watch the recording), evolved into a Socratic dialogue on the core concepts and underlying assumptions of the case. The lively debate inspired us to create a series of posts that argue the mai...
 27 Mar 2016

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Diplo’s webinar on the Apple-FBI case, on 17 March (watch the recording), evolved into a Socratic dialogue on the core concepts and underlying assumptions of the case. The lively debate inspired us to create a series of posts that argue the main dile...
 24 Mar 2016

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Diplo’s webinar on the Apple-FBI case, on 17 March (watch the recording), evolved into a Socratic dialogue on the core concepts and underlying assumptions of the case. The lively debate inspired us to create a series of posts that argue the mai...
 22 Mar 2016

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If we want to understand the underlying concepts of the digital era, we have to revisit the opuses of five great thinkers from Vienna: Mises, Schumpeter, Hayek, Freud and Wittgenstein. This reflection was triggered during the Geneva Human Rights F...
 20 Mar 2016

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The regular Geneva Internet Platform webinar briefings on Internet governance, which summarise the main developments of each month and explore upcoming developments, resumed in January. For the first time, local hubs – currently being formed...
 5 Feb 2016

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As in every other area, forecasts help us imagine what the future will look like, and what to expect. Over the years, we have been providing annual predictions in digital policy – see our predictions for 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011. Our...
 20 Jan 2016

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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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Malta urges the UN to consider the Internet as common heritage of mankind On the 15th December Dr. Alex Sceberras Trigona, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister, addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York at the High Level Meeting rev...
 22 Dec 2015

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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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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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The annual Internet Governance Forum is a much anticipated event by stakeholders involved in digital policy. It is also a vibrant week packed with meetings, discussions, and developments. This year, DiploFoundation and the Internet Society have team...
 5 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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Radiocommunication Diplomacy - Historical Context This text is based on excerpts from the lectures on Evolution of Diplomacy and Technology delivered by Dr Jovan Kurbalija. For quotes, you can contact the author at jovank@diplomacy.edu &...
 22 Oct 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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Managing complex governance arrangements in the absence of trust is the new million dollar (bitcoin?) question. We currently have the lowest level of trust in financial institutions, following the economic downturn of 2008 and the multiple market ...
 21 Sep 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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Earlier this month, Rafik Dammak, chair of ICANN's Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG), and a tutor for Diplo's Internet governance online course for the MENA region, was interviewed by Flavia Fascendini from the Association for Progressi...
 13 Jul 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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After a few months of online work, Diplo’s Creative Lab team met in Geneva. We locked ourselves in a room for three days (20‒22 May) to further advance the development of Digital Watch in preparation for the launch of the Alpha version at the e...
 26 May 2015

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When it comes to selecting fonts, uniformity reigns. We would rather make Digital Watch a bit different by selecting more creative fonts, but we face the same dilemma as with other visual elements. If we don’t follow a template, we walk a very ...
 23 May 2015

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Creativity often involves a lot of tension and, sometimes, heated debate. Today, our heated debate centred on the graphical style for icons to be used on the Digital Watch website. The discussion was very interesting reflecting the dilemmas of modern...
 21 May 2015

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The conference ‒ The Internet as a Global Public Resource ‒ organised by DiploFoundation with support from the Government of Malta, the Malta Communications Authority (MCA), St James Cavalier Centre for Creativity, and other partner organisations, co...
 6 May 2015

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Report from the fifth panel of the conference The Internet as a Global Public Resource (29‒30 April 2015). The session brainstormed ways and means of how Malta can facilitate an integrated approach to digital issues on both national and international...
 6 May 2015

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The 5th Annual Conference of the Freedom Online Coalition (FOC) took place in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on 4-5 May. Mongolia was a very good host for some 250 participants – representatives of most of the 26 FOC member countries, Internet intermed...
 5 May 2015

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Report from the first panel of the conference The Internet as a Global Public Resource (29‒30 April 2015): Official welcome by the Hon. Dr George Vella, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Malta; Introductory statements by Ms Megan Richards, Principal Ad...
 4 May 2015

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April brought the start of a busy spring and a move toward a hot summer. The April briefing in Geneva and online emphasized a zoom-out view, giving a broader picture with interplay between different thematic areas. The recording of the webinar is now...
 30 Apr 2015

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What are the terms of the social contract that governs the behaviour of citizens, corporations, and governments in cyberspace, and how do we find the right balance between freedom, security, and economic growth in relation to cyberspace? These were ...
 18 Apr 2015

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Diplo's illustrated cybersecurity postcards from cyberspace aim at raising awareness about main challenges and issues related to cybersecurity, while allowing us to send our own message to others. This week, the Global Conference on Cyberspace...
 15 Apr 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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The IG Barometer for March showed that the past few weeks were more intensive for online privacy and data protection, net neutrality, jurisdiction, and the IANA transition process, compared to previous weeks. Speaking during the March IG briefing,...
 9 Apr 2015

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Two doors inspired my interventions at a panel on the Digital Magna Carta organised by the New America NYC and the Swiss Consulate in New York: the fascinating bronze entrance door to the U.S. Supreme Court Building, and the cockpit door, which remai...
 4 Apr 2015

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The second event in the Cybersecurity Days series ‒ Fighting cybercrime through closer international cooperation ‒ took place on 30 March and was co-organised by the Geneva Internet Platform and the Division for Security Policy, Federal Ministry of F...
 4 Apr 2015

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The correlations between the IPR protection regime on one side, and innovation and growth on the other, were the main topics explored on 19 March at a roundtable on Open Innovation in the Proprietary World. The event was organised in the framework of...
 27 Mar 2015

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The Internet poses a wide range of challenges for modern diplomacy, including how to protect national cybersecurity, how to govern the Internet on the global level, and how to keep up with the content policy dynamics. These and many other questions w...
 25 Mar 2015

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Is the car a place for pleasure, fun, and relaxation? Or rather a source of anxiety, where drivers lose their way or get stuck in traffic jams? Or perhaps it increasingly looks like a mobile office? Internet-related technology and the possibilities ...
 18 Mar 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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UNESCO’s CONNECTing the Dots conference continued yesterday afternoon with eight break-out sessions on access, privacy, freedom of expression and ethics. We followed the second break-out session on privacy (break-out session 7), in which the p...
 5 Mar 2015

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[Update] The Rapporteur's summary of the panel discussion, including the speakers' complete interventions, is available. UNESCO’s CONNECTing the Dots conference is currently under way in Paris (3-4 March). Its aim is to discuss the fir...
 4 Mar 2015

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For those attendees who managed to get through the crazy traffic jams that turned the whole city upside down, another keynote session in Barcelona on emerging markets and innovation for inclusion took place this morning on Day 2 of the Mobile World C...
 3 Mar 2015

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A business-dominated session at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (2-5 March) covered the issue of user-centred privacy. Since the introduction of the smartphone, many things have changed… But laws have not kept up with these changes. ...
 2 Mar 2015

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DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform are present at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (2-5 March), and will be presenting capacity development activities at a showcase session as part of the Ministerial Programme on Tuesday, 3rd Marc...
 2 Mar 2015

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Though not as eventful and as dynamic as January, a few major events in February increased the pressure on policy areas like net neutrality, cybersecurity, and the IANA stewardship transition, as February’s IG barometer showed. A useful tool to tr...
 2 Mar 2015

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DiploFoundation has joined the Global Network of Internet and Society Research Centers as an affiliated participant. The Network of Centers (NoC) is a collaborative initiative among academic institutions with a focus on interdisciplinary research on...
 16 Feb 2015

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Students currently following the University of Malta's Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy, run by DiploFoundation, were last week invited to the University of Malta's Faculty of Arts library by the Dean of the Faculty, Prof...
 11 Feb 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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As for many of Diplo's friends, the monthly Internet governance (IG) webinars have been a constant on our schedule. Last year alone, over 300 participants joined us online to discuss IG issues. Screenshot fro...
 16 Jan 2015

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Nuclear plant in South Korea hacked... Hackers attack Internet overlord ICANN... US, European police swoop on Tor 'dark markets' ... Cybersecurity units to protect Russia’s nuclear weapons stockpiles... Digital War takes shape on websites over ISIS.....
 31 Dec 2014

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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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Arduous negotiations, lobbying, and watered-down amendments characterised the three-week ITU Plenipotentiary Conference, which took place earlier last month in Busan, Korea. The aim of the conference was to decide the ITU’s work plan for the ne...
 3 Dec 2014

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A webinar digest: Geneva Briefing on Internet Governance (2 December 2014) November has been a busy month for Internet governance (IG). Aptly described as a bubbling cauldron – a vivid metaphor which highlights the heated discussions which too...
 3 Dec 2014

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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, ...
 19 Nov 2014

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Over 200 came in person to Day One of the Geneva Internet Conference (GIC), testament to the numbers and energy within the Geneva-based Internet Governance community. And, it has to be said, an impressive number for an organisation – the Gen...
 19 Nov 2014

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The IG building illustration has served us well as an IG awareness-building tool over the last 10 years. It was sketched 10 years ago during one of the long WGIG meetings. The building reflected the Internet of 2004 when, for example, Twitter did not...
 17 Nov 2014

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A webinar digest: Geneva Briefing on Internet Governance (4 November 2014) 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, wh...
 15 Nov 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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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...
 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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Last Friday, during a Google Advisory Council meeting in London, freedom of expression activist Article 19 once again expressed its concern over the recent decision on the right to be forgotten, and the implications of this decision. Article 19&rsqu...
 22 Oct 2014

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The story of the project With the tenth anniversary of WSIS coming up in 2015 and the United Nations due to decide what to do with the IGF when its current mandate ends next year, Internet governance (IG) is approaching a key time in its evolutio...
 14 Oct 2014

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To whom do we address our concerns on privacy and surveillance? Which organisation do we get in touch with if we need information about technical aspects? Where can we learn about the latest developments? ...
 7 Oct 2014

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Recent references to the dangers of “Internet balkanization” are all over the media. The term has been used to describe a variety of regulatory alternatives being considered or adopted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), B...
 2 Oct 2014

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How do policymakers find the right balance between tackling issues like cybersecurity and safeguarding digital rights? How can innovation be encouraged and users’ experience improved in the net neutrality debate? In tackling multifaceted issues...
 17 Sep 2014

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It’s over. The 9th IGF has come to a close and by now, most of Diplo’s team are back home or en route. It’s been a very full week with lots of interesting sessions, engaging discussions, and fruitful meetings. Old friendships were r...
 7 Sep 2014

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As the ninth meeting of the IGF continues to debate the issues around Internet governance in Istanbul this week, elsewhere in the city, the Internet Ungovernance Forum is also holding forth. This initiative is organised by Prof. Yaman Akdeniz from Bi...
 5 Sep 2014

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The highlight of Day 2 of the IGF had to be the session on net neutrality. It is one of the hottest topics for this IGF. As expected, the session was controversial, even though it managed to clarify where people agree and disagree - the latter obviou...
 4 Sep 2014

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Things have kicked off here in Istanbul at this, the 9th Internet Governance Forum. On Monday, on what’s known as the ‘Day 0’ the focus was on evaluating the NETmundial process with the output document taking centre stage. The meeting was well attend...
 3 Sep 2014

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‘It is about digital, stupid’ is the main message from Jean-Claude Junker, the new president of the European Commission. In the Policy Guidelines for the EC delivered at the European Parliament (15 July 2014), Junker outlined the EU&rsquo...
 27 Aug 2014

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Net neutrality is back. Three years after our first IG webinar – and the start of what is now a regular monthly IG webinar series taking place in the last week of each month – we have re-visited the topic again. The discussion focus, howe...
 17 Jul 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), o...
 14 Jul 2014

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Summary Report of ICANN50 meeting by the Geneva Internet Platform The 50th meeting of ICANN brought together more than 3000 participants from 22 to 26 June in London. The five regional At-Large organisations (comprised of more than 160 groups repres...
 3 Jul 2014

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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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In recent weeks the Chinese government has delivered strong messages about internet sovereignty to both international and domestic audiences. Despite confirming its commitment to working with the rest of the international community “to create a...
 24 Jun 2014

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Trust (or the lack thereof) is a frequent theme in public debates. It is often seen as a monolithic concept. However, we trust different people for different reasons, and in different ways. Sometimes we trust that people can do something (compe...
 19 Jun 2014

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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...
 2 Jun 2014

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Will tweeting kill Schrödinger’s Cat[1]? Does tweeting a meeting or a conference change the meeting? Closed captioning of meetings changed them: a searchable verbatim transcript became available, and speakers became aware that the ...
 16 May 2014

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I usually communicate by drawing. This time, I will write a text. There is a saying that one picture conveys a thousand words. Sometimes I wonder if the opposite applies to me. I am part of Diplo’s Creative Lab, and Professor of Drawing and Pri...
 12 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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"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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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...
 3 Apr 2014

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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...
 2 Apr 2014

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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...
 1 Apr 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...
 16 Mar 2014

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The Internet Governance Restaurant is a metaphoric answer to two key questions in the current debate echoing also in many of the 182 submissions for the forthcoming NETmundial: How to make Internet governance (IG) legitimate? How to grasp the complex...
 10 Mar 2014

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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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The minutes I spend on Facebook each day take more energy than a 10 km run (were I of fit enough mind and body to undertake such an endeavor). I seem to spend my time dodging calls to action and skimming over worthy posts exhorting me to be a better ...
 28 Feb 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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‘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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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 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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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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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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Today, on the last of a hectic few days in Bali at the IGF, the Emerging Issues session was devoted to an elephant in the room: surveillance. First broached at the High Level meeting on Day 0, it was a topic of discussion many times during the course...
 25 Oct 2013

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Where did all the people go? The general impression today was that there were too few people in the rooms. With formal confirmation that over 1500 people collected badges, it seemed that only about half were really there … maybe the others wer...
 25 Oct 2013

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Life continues unabated in Bali with busy schedules all round and lots of interesting sessions to attend. Many of today’s IGF sessions focused on multistakeholder(ism). One item in focus was the selection process involved in choosing non-govern...
 23 Oct 2013

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Today I was an e-squatter, a new type of conference participant. In big events, like the Internet Governance Forum, with more than 2000 participants and many parallel sessions, it’s possible to find a conference room with good wifi connection a...
 23 Oct 2013

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Day 1 of the 2013 IGF in Bali started early with an orientation session kicking off at 8am (yes, you read that right!). Despite the less-than-suitable seating arrangement which didn’t do much for interaction, the plenary opening session was wel...
 23 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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As vocabularies go, I think mine is relatively broad. I like words and savour them like a wine connoisseur might savour a good wine. When I find a new one, I say it aloud over and over, getting a feel for how it sounds and testing it to see if it wil...
 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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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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“The net is finished as a global network” wrote John Naughton this weekend, in a major UK Sunday newspaper, which, ironically, is part of the British press which he rages have lost the plot in their reporting of the NSA/PRISM revelations ...
 31 Jul 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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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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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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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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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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WCIT (World Conference on International Telecommunications), a high level dialogue related to governance of the digital world, came to an end without consensus. Agreement on the update of the anachronous governance models proposed could not be found ...
 13 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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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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Are you participating in the 12th Internet Governance Forum in Baku? Of course you don't need to be physically present since remote-participation hubs are now an integral part of the process, and new ones continue to spring up, as with Tim Davies...
 7 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 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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Democracy is the rule of law, rather than men. When people got together to establish democracy the constituent assembly was not, and could not have been, democratic(for lack of established rules). This paradox highlights the self-referential ch...
 28 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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Who were the biggest winners at the recent Latin America and Caribbean IGF preparatory meeting? Well, all Internet users, especially from LAC, I suppose. But from my point of view, remote participants (or local participants, depending upon how you de...
 11 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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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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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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The new foundation course in Internet governance is off to a dynamic start as 20 professionals from Oman have embarked on the first phase of a dedicated Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP). A collaborative agreement between Diplo...
 17 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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If you are following recent Internet politics, you will have found hundreds of articles and blogs dealing with the main Internet governance battle, usually portrayed as a struggle between ITU and ICANN. The next big round in this ongoing battle is pl...
 1 Sep 2012

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Deborah Gordon is a biologist at Standford who has spent the last 20 years studying ants. Each to their own, I say. She pooled her lot with computer scientist Balaji Prabhakar (also at Standford) and the pair have revealed a connection between how ha...
 27 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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You write something about me and post it on the web. I don't like it. I petition Google to take it down. I'm successful ... or I'm not. From June to December 2011, Hungary made 154 requests to remove content from the Web - and failed each...
 20 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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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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In this Internet era, we have less and less time and more and more interesting things to do. We simply cannot cope with the number of possibilities available to us. If we cannot choose what to do we often procrastinate. But, tomorrow does not solve t...
 18 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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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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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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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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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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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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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...
 10 Apr 2012

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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 ...
 2 Apr 2012

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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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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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Protection of Red Cross/Red Crescent Emblem and the Name on the Internet One of many controversies surrounding the introduction of new domain names is the special protection given, though a moratorium, to the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (RC...
 13 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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Online Freedom of Expression is one of the most controversial issues right now. Several world events – such as the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement – have shown that many grey areas surround this freedom. How should objectionable content be tackle...
 5 Mar 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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As of this month, our Internet governance webinars will become a regular appointment with our IG community. Every last week of the month, a special guest will host a discussion on the most pressing issues and the main developments in the IG world. O...
 27 Jan 2012

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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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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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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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The Indonesian translation of Jovan Kurbalija's An Introduction to Internet Governance was launched last month. The translated version,Sebuah PengantarTentang Tata Kelola Internet, was translated to Indonesian by the Asosiasi Pengu...
 5 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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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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The Council of Europe and Diplo co-organised an interactive discussion on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Council of Europe's Cybercrime Convention, on 24 November in Geneva. Dr Eduardo Gelbstein provided an introduction to c...
 26 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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This infographic by Wired shows a hypothetical full-scale denial of service attack. How long would it take to bring the wired world to its knees? Read more here. ‘The biggest cybercriminal takedown in history’, shouts the FBI!...
 18 Nov 2011

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Over 45 students are expected to graduate from ISOC's Next Generation Leaders (NGL) eLearning course, offered in collaboration with DiploFoundation. The students formed two classes: an English-speaking class, and for the first time this year, a F...
 8 Nov 2011

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The third phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP) – the Policy Research Phase– kick-started last week with a stimulating schedule of theoretical lecture texts and practical assignments. Twenty-nine part...
 30 Oct 2011

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It’s the first time I’ve come across it, and it’s so true: the use of social networks has become a necessary life skill, especially for children. I’m quoting a blog post from Forbes, which talks about what one school (the Sch...
 25 Oct 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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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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It’s good to see Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue comment in person on his Report on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; even more so to hear him address the concerns of sovereign states. Whether its ...
 28 Sep 2011

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Diplo is about to launch a new publication, Emerging Leaders for the Digital World, during the 6th IGF meeting in Nairobi on 27-30 September, 2011. Emerging Leaders for the Digital World features the experiences of some of the most active emerging...
 21 Sep 2011

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Twenty research papers, written by alumni of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme, have just been completed. The papers focus on various Internet governance issues, including child safety, social media, e-participation, data protection...
 27 Aug 2011

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If you want to raise awareness among parents on the effects of social networks on their children, try passing a law like Missouri’s Senate Bill 45. The new law is making it illegal for teachers to have private contact with students on any onli...
 22 Aug 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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If you are unable to attend the 6th IGF in Kenya in September, there is no excuse! You can still participate remotely: follow the discussions, watch the webcast of the event and participate through video or chat. Remote participation, and specifical...
 15 Jul 2011

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European Commissioner Vice-President Neelie Kroes hasblogged about it again: women are still under-represented in the ICT sector. I continue to find it troubling that women areunder-represented in the ICT sector at every level, and pa...
 10 Jul 2011

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Diplo’s classrooms have once again welcomed participants from every corner of the globe to discuss Internet governance issues. Over 220 participants are taking part in IG and ICT policy courses that discuss topical issues in detail. Fo...
 22 Jun 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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Dozens of online journals this week trumpeted the news of a fresh report (Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression) by the United Nations Human Rights Council. The ‘scoo...
 10 Jun 2011

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Preparations are under way for the ISOC Next Generation Leaders (NGL) eLearning Course, which is set to begin in May. The individuals selected for the course will be announced in the coming days. The eLearning Course, organised in collaboration with...
 25 May 2011

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The two ICT policy and IG workshops, organised recently in Africa, were attended by over 60 officials from government, local and regional organisations, diplomats and representatives from the business sector. The first workshop, which took place i...
 3 May 2011

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Nnenna Nwakanma writes: The sixth global Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi in September 2011 will be witnessing the first joint action of many African initiatives on Internet governance. Actors from all the sub-regions of the continent will be ...
 25 Apr 2011

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Three Diplo fellows – Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro from Fiji, Anju Mangal from Fiji, and Dalsie Baniala from Vanuatu - recently took part in the first Pacific Internet Governance Forum in Nouma, New Caledonia, on 9-10 April, 2011. Diplo sponsore...
 25 Apr 2011

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Diplo’s recent workshop on Internet Governance and ICT, held in Addis Ababa, played an important role in the setting up of the first Africa Internet Governance Forum. The catalyst workshop was organised on 6-8 April, in co-operation with the Afric...
 25 Apr 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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Twitter followers these days could notice an intensive buzz about the recent Comodo case – a serious security breach within the system of trusted authorities for web certificates. The news is, however, not in ‘what’ or ‘how&rs...
 3 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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Photo by Ralaenin, sxc.hu Try filling an old, worn-out plastic bag with water. Most of the water stays in, but some of it will still seep through the small holes, until nothing is left in the bag any more. That’s exactly what’s h...
 24 Mar 2011

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The Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme kicked off successfully last week with over 160 participants from 72 countries. More than 120 are from African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The ten groups are already deep in discussion over c...
 14 Mar 2011

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A series of meetings and consultations on the 6th Internet Governance Forum has just taken place in Geneva. The Open Consultations, followed by the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) meeting, were held on 23-24 February. The second EuroDig prep...
 27 Feb 2011

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Last week, DiploFoundation closed the Call for Applications for the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme and the Capacity Development Programme in ICT Policy and Internet Governance for ACP nationals for 2011. The calls closed on 12 Febru...
 23 Feb 2011

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The executive summaries of a number of research papers on IG and ICT Policy issues have just been published. The research is being undertaken by European participants of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme 2010. The papers explore se...
 14 Feb 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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© Daniel Jaeger Vendruscolo www.sxc.hu Print newspapers and journals could suffer another setback as Google Inc. ventures its way into the online newsstand segment. News of this emerged a fortnight ago in a report by the Wa...
 19 Jan 2011

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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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UPDATE: A decision was taken yesterday evening to bring forward the adoption of the resolution to today, our New York source has just confirmed. Once the Second Committee adopts the text later today, it will then forward the Report of the proceeding...
 24 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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‘You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.’ If you haven’t watched the movie, I won’t be spoiling it by saying who the enemies are, even though there’s much more to the movie. And in that ...
 6 Nov 2010

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Progress. That wonderful concept that shifts civilisation from one point on the evolutionary scale to another. One would think that by all that is implied in this simple, rather innocuous-sounding word, progress would go hand-in-hand with improvement...
 22 Oct 2010

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'Your 37 friends are waiting', says the Facebook e-mail which I have just received. They’re waiting for me to accept their friend request. That is, for me to share personal information, photos of me and my loved ones, and other bits of info which six...
 16 Oct 2010

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Thoughts and impressions on what was said and unsaid at the Internet Governance Forum held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010 Look back at all the IG-related events that took place since the 4thIGF. You may have already guessed: n...
 3 Oct 2010

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Thoughts and impressions on what was said and unsaid at the Internet Governance Forum held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010 What started off as a concept paper circulated by members of a Council of Europe Ad hoc Advisory Group on Cros...
 22 Sep 2010

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Thoughts and impressions on what was said and unsaid at the Internet Governance Forum held in Vilnius, Lithuania, on 14-17 September, 2010 I am sure that Rod Beckstrom’s clear-cut appeal last week to keep the Internet Governance Forum a mult...
 21 Sep 2010

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Loads of articles and commentaries have already sounded their concern at the Google-Verizon proposal, not least due to the likely consequences on Net neutrality. This week's article on Time Magazine, 'Net Neutrality: Flash Point for Foes of ...
 10 Sep 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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