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By on 24 Jan, 2020 | From the channel/s: E-Diplomacy, E-tools

Millions of online meetings happen every day in teleconferencing rooms, webinars, Skype, and other online facilities. The nature and dynamics of meetings have been changing. An important impact of online participation can be a reduction in our carbon footprint. This issue is becoming prominent on many national agendas. Only this month, the Swiss federal government has pledged to cut CO2 emissions up to 30% in the next decade.

By on 08 Jan, 2020 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy, E-Learning, E-tools, Internet Governance

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 flying and thus, their carbon footprints.

Fortunately, the technology is available. There is a wide range of tools and platforms that can facilitate engaging meetings at an affordable cost.

By Eun Chang Choi on 17 Dec, 2019 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy

Artificial intelligence (AI) is starting to influence decision-making in foreign affairs and diplomacy. It has been reported that in recent years, a Chinese AI ​​system has reviewed almost every foreign investment project. The Chinese Department of External Security Affairs (涉外安全事务司) - under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - used AI systems in several ways.

By on 12 Dec, 2019 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy

Geneva, Switzerland, 19 November 2020: Diverse stakeholders in conflict mediation and technology discussed the findings of the CyberMediation Initiative, and the impact of new technologies on mediation. 

By on 22 Nov, 2019 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy, Internet Governance

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: 

By on 20 Nov, 2019 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, E-Diplomacy

The interplay between tech and humanity stands at the core of the discussion on the future of AI (and our society). It is often centred around a few topics as described in the Socratic-style dialogues below. Please let us know your reflections on these dialogues and suggestions for new ones. We have to move away from number 13. 

AI and Diplomacy

By on 10 Oct, 2019 | From the channel/s: Diplo Blog, Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy

In our October WebDebate, we discussed the visual quality of communication, specifically, as applied to the field of diplomacy. We were joined by Amb. Stefano Baldi, Italy’s representative in Bulgaria, and Dr Massimiliano Fusari, visual communications trainer and consultant. The debate was moderated by Diplo’s senior researcher and lecturer Dr Katharina Höne.

By on 24 Sep, 2019 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy

Diplomats and practitioners discussed the way forward for digital diplomacy and how to overcome key challenges, during last week’s international conference in Geneva

By on 05 Sep, 2019 | From the channel/s: Diplomacy, E-Diplomacy, Internet Governance


'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 ask ‘who is picking up the phone?’

The more digitalisation impacts our lives, the more we will hear calls from citizens, companies, and countries for digital policy solutions in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), e-commerce, cyber-money, fake news, child safety, and more. 


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