An influential article of 2014 noted that health attachés were appointed shortly after the Second World War and were thereafter assigned by ‘a growing number of countries … to work in embassies in countries of strategic importance.’ Is this true? If ...
 18 May 2020

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A blog post from the perspective of a small state In only one month, drastic changes happened in the daily lives of the people of Trinidad and Tobago. As the global spreading of COVID-19 became more apparent, small Caribbean states like Trinidad ...
 24 Apr 2020

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If ever there was a time for governments to get their communications right, it is now. Governments everywhere are under scrutiny for what they say, how accurately they report facts, and what actions they are proposing. COVID-19 is spreading faster th...
 7 Apr 2020

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The coronavirus has been credited with catalysing a shift from a self-centred ‘I’ society to another-centred ‘we’ society. The focus on individual well-being and material wealth that has shaped many people’s identity and aspirations for the last half...
 26 Mar 2020

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Diplo’s Conference Tech Lab organised another web discussion focusing on the technological implications of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Moderated by Dr Jovan Kurbalija (Founding Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet P...
 25 Mar 2020

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{ "openSidebar": true } The spread of the new coronavirus is testing our globalised world. Countries are looking at one another with suspicion, once bustling public spaces seem emptier, and many people and organisations are avoiding tr...
 6 Mar 2020

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

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

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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 E...
 17 Dec 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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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 the...
 20 Nov 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 practice of diplomacy is changing. Unlike some years ago, it now involves new actors and subjects. These changes have necessarily created new ways of interactions. Governments, the private sector, academia, and the science community all have a ne...
 25 Jun 2019

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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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As someone who has worked in public diplomacy since 2011, I do not remember a time when public diplomacy did not also mean digital diplomacy and, consequently, some manner of data diplomacy. From the beginning, the data we gleaned from social media w...
 6 Aug 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 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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The purpose of this blog is to give a new impulse to the discussion on the role of private business in today’s public diplomacy and to open the question on what exactly private public diplomacy means, and whether it should exist as a concept. If ther...
 2 Jan 2018

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Download the Press Release in PDF format Geneva, Switzerland, 6 December, 2017: The work done by the United Nations, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and other institutions in Geneva, has a global impact. It is...
 6 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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Download the Press Release in PDF format Belgrade, Serbia, 4 October 2017. DiploFoundation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Serbia, and the British Embassy in Belgrade, have announced the start of a new training programme on...
 23 Oct 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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Digital devices play an increasingly central role in many people's lives and analogue tools are becoming quickly outdated. Phone books, travel agencies, and taxi companies are becoming obsolete with the advent of mobile phones, Airbnb, Uber, and coun...
 16 May 2017

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What makes one set of words more convincing than another, and how can language best be put to work in the service of diplomacy, international relations, business, and all other aspects of contemporary life? How do digital communication channels aff...
 23 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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Filter bubbles describe how our online experiences are taking place in a tailor-made, personalised world that shows like-minded visions and hides views we might not agree with. In 2016, discussions about filter bubbles were on a rise, growing in forc...
 12 Jan 2017

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This list of 25 points relies on experience gathered over more than 20 years of analysing new technologies in diplomacy, their hype, their sudden disappearances, and their occasional survivals. The list reflects research on digital diplomacy, quantit...
 4 Nov 2016

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Digital diplomacy could determine the results of the current US presidential election. Hillary Clinton’s solid lead is suffering following the discovery of new material related to the use of her private e-mail server as US Secretary of State. Paradox...
 2 Nov 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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Rogers’ diffusion of innovations curve and Gartner’s hype cycle help explain the crucial interplay between the possibilities that are offered by digital tools, and the realities of technology perception and adoption at diplomatic services. This blog ...
 29 Aug 2016

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New information and communication technology (ICT) not only changes the practice of diplomacy, it also can, and should, influence how we teach diplomacy, and in particular public diplomacy. In June, I attended the annual conference of the British Int...
 2 Aug 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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The use of online tools together with traditional diplomatic approaches is how Saint Kitts and Nevis can ensure representation in multilateral diplomacy in Geneva and globally, Dr Jovan Kurbalija said during an e-diplomacy workshop for diplomats of t...
 18 Apr 2016

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

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

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

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Geneva Peace Week was organised by the Geneva Peacebuilding Platform. Here is the summary of the twitter coverage of the Geneva Peace Week activities...... Most frequently used words ...
 20 Nov 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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More than 40 diplomats, computer specialists and academics addressed the impact of the Internet on the changing landscape in which diplomacy operates (geo-politics, economy), the emergence of new Internet topics on diplomatic agendas (cybersecurity, ...
 29 Jun 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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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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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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Jovan Kurbalija, Diplo Director, has been tweeting live updates from 1914, marking the suddenly acceleration of history after the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand on 28 July 1914. "Slow developments taking months, if not years, evol...
 4 Aug 2014

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If Benjamin Franklin, the first diplomat to represent the US, were able to time-travel his way here, he might choose to paraphrase himself: “either tweet something worth reading, or do something worth tweeting.” (Guest blog by Timor El-D...
 5 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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In what had the nation reeling and rolling its collective eyes to heaven as it let out a cry of disbelief last month, an Irish homeowner who set up a website to show his CCTV footage of bad boys caught in the act of burglarising his home was told by ...
 26 Mar 2014

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So we all like a good laugh, especially at the expense of important people, which is why pricking pomposity and mocking self-importance has become such a popular sport online (and why anxious, threatened politicians who wish for a more controlled wor...
 7 Mar 2014

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"Twitter share price plummets", crowed a host of articles earlier this month, playing to our collective schadenfreude over hyper-successful dot.com.2 companies like Twitter. A 24% fall in share price is certainly more than a wobble, althoug...
 20 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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Among various ‘endisms’ associated with the Internet, the ‘end of hierarchy’ is one of the most repeated and enduring. Hundreds of articles and books have been written based on two false assumptions: The first is that society was hierarchically or...
 17 Jan 2014

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What would you like to see more of on the Diplo website, and how do you think we can improve it? We picked up momentum during 2013, in terms of traffic and content, learning a lot of useful lessons about how we can increase the value of the material ...
 13 Jan 2014

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I might have been a little provocative in my blog-post about 'nonsense numbers' in the tracking of online reach and engagement, but the reactions suggest that some people at least agreed with my cynicism. In this post I summarise a couple of ...
 12 Dec 2013

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This webinar tackled the question of information gathering on the Internet, and the impact of Edward Snowden’s revelations on same. Bearing in mind the most common tools in gathering information for diplomats, such as public press conf...
 9 Dec 2013

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Measuring the impact of e-Diplomacy social media tools like Twitter or Facebook is a notoriously contested area. On the one hand, there is a friendly crowd of free-services, such as Klout.com that purport to tell me precisely how signficant (or, most...
 14 Nov 2013

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News of the laying of a BRICS-cable triggered public attention as news of laying telegraph cables did a century ago. The ‘cable rush’ by Britain, Germany and France – then major industrial and colonial powers – heralded the start of cable geo-politic...
 7 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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A twenty-first-century behavioural culture shock often experienced is that of the difference in screening phone calls as opposed to picking up the phone, regardless of the setting. I am used to playing 'phone tag': exchanging voice mess...
 3 Oct 2013

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How long can you leave an email unanswered without causing offence to the sender? Should you block your official email at the end of the working week, or like German car manufacturer Daimler, for the whole of your summer vacation? How far can you exp...
 2 Oct 2013

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Poll on attitudes to e-diplomacy post-Snowden: to the right of this blog is a poll to help us gauge the impact of the continuing events triggered by Edward Snowden's leaks to the UK Guardian about the kind of social sharing we didn't want. I ...
 16 Sep 2013

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It’s not a gun that kills someone; it’s the person who pulls the trigger. It’s not Facebook or e-mail that ruins people’s lives, it’s the person who posts the message – or worse still, mindlessly forwards and share...
 30 Aug 2013

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Over the course of the last couple of months, I must have read close to 40 crime novels by everyone from Michael Connelly to Val McDermid. I’ve noticed that I’m becoming increasingly paranoid; my imagination is running away with me. Holes...
 29 Aug 2013

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Recently, I made a phone call to a restaurant to check if their renovations were complete and whether they had re-opened for business. After a few rings, I was directed to their answering machine. I followed that up by searching for them ...
 26 Aug 2013

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In a recent opinion piece in The Guardian, Professor John Naughton of the Open university argues that the biggest story to come out of the Snowden NSA revelations is that the days of the internet as a truly global network are numbered. “It was alw...
 23 Aug 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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I was recently introduced to the term 'emerging adult'. As I belong to a generation that moved to adulthood on receipt of their first full-time paycheck, it took me by surprise. I hadn't realised that we had a new, official, transitory pe...
 16 Aug 2013

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'Advice on how to use Social Media effectively in a way that isn't massively time consuming' was the question on an excellent LinkedIn group 'Social Media for Nonprofit Organizations'(54K members). There are two lessons ther...
 14 Aug 2013

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"Diplomats have to be curious", says Stefano Baldi in this interview. Stefano has been experimenting with web tools and social media for over 15 years, selecting those which he finds useful and integrating them into his work as a diplomat. ...
 7 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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Browse through the world’s weekly journals and you will face a number of articles discussing the fears of cyberwarfare with reference to attacks on Estonia or a Stuxnet virus attack on Iran, or analysing the economic consequences of cybercrime....
 17 Jul 2013

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Wikipedia is the most popular encyclopedia of our time. It influences public understanding of events and it is a relevant platform for public diplomacy. This blog post addresses the way Wikipedia coverage has reflected unfolding political development...
 12 Jul 2013

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Say 'digital assets' and instantly eyes glaze, in a way wearily familiar to those of us who try and interest our friends and family in the details of the technologies we all rely on. And the deafening media roar over the revelations about PRI...
 21 Jun 2013

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In his recent guest blog, Giulio Quaggiotto, UNDP argues that citizen engagement is more about design than technology. This is particularly relevant for Diplo’s E-Participation day conference where we will discover how governments, internation...
 17 Jun 2013

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"Whenever I am asked about the role of social media and new technologies for citizen engagement, I like to show the first minute and a half or so of this brilliant TED Talk by Dave Meslin", writesGiulio Quaggiotto, Practice Leader, Kn...
 17 Jun 2013

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The short answer is YES! A bit longer answer could be prompted by questions… why, over the last few days, have we not heard news about ambassadors presenting demarches in Washington, with reasonable doubts whether their e-mails have been inter...
 13 Jun 2013

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This is a recent interview withAnders Norsker, Chief, Information Services Department, International Telecommunication Union. Anderswill be speaking at the forthcoming E-Participation day on 19 June. Anders, how ...
 13 Jun 2013

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"The growth in social media represents a shift in power from traditional top-down communication to the individual. For the first time in history, anybody (given access to the technology and digital literacy) can potentially make their voices heard an...
 12 Jun 2013

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"Open Data is a simple concept. Organisations holding datasets should place them online, in machine-readable formats, and under licenses that let anyone re-use them. Advocates explain that this brings a myriad of benefits. For example, rather than fi...
 10 Jun 2013

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At a breakfast meeting in one of Budapest's older, more established restaurants during the week, I was surprised to see a notice on the table asking guests to refrain from using laptops in the restaurant after 7pm. No reason given. Just a polite ...
 8 Jun 2013

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E-participation is a buzzword right now, on everybody's mind and agenda, it seems. Those who know me will not be surprised to read the following statement: Remote participation embodies the best of e-participation, and when remote participation is no...
 5 Jun 2013

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This text on e-politeness is dedicated to those who have been waiting for me to reply to their e-mail for weeks, and to those who did not reply to my e-mails for weeks; to those on whose great blog posts I did not leave a comment (apologies to Aldo!!...
 3 Jun 2013

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Open Gov / Open Data initiatives are more relevant in a national context than at an international level. This was the motion for the third debate that took place on 21 May 2013 during Diplo’s E-Participation Webinar. The recording of this debate is ...
 26 May 2013

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Today, the word ‘byzantine’ is used to describe devious actions: intrigue, plotting, and bribing. [1] Historical records show that Byzantine politics were morally neither worse nor better than politics in previous or later years. The prob...
 29 Apr 2013

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Although thousands of applications are available for PCs and/or mobile devices, diplomats (like most other people) tend to use only a very limited number of them (8–10). Consider the Apple App Store and the number of applications available. In...
 15 Apr 2013

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In short, full transparency and openness is not an optimal environment for successful diplomacy aimed at solving complex problems through convergence and compromise. Let me develop the argument: Ancient Greece is often called the cradle of modern c...
 29 Mar 2013

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How to make diplomacy more inclusive and effective is a recurring theme in the history of diplomacy.[1] Aldo Matteuci explains in his bloghow even the powerful Catholic Church had to find ways to accommodate the various secular interests at the...
 17 Mar 2013

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I have an intense dislike of anything that might interrupt conversation at the dinner table - and this dislike is currently focused on mobile phones, no matter how smart they are. I don't like competing for anyone's attention, especially when...
 8 Mar 2013

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It’s at least likely that you’re one of the over 100 million people who have seen the Kony2012 video. Perhaps you’ve tweeted, blogged, Facebooked (sic – it really is a verb), Tumblrd or passed it on in other ways. The video wa...
 4 Mar 2013

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Organisations appear to change slowly, often very slowly. The causes are legion and the stuff of libraries full of research into institutional change. Yet in some ways the term, ‘organisational change’ is a misnomer since, in reality, it&...
 28 Feb 2013

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This blog was inspired by lively debate during the February advanced diplomatic webinar on the evolution of technology and diplomacy. We discussed the impact of technology on the way we think and formulate ideas. In the latest evolution from typewrit...
 24 Feb 2013

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Yes, Jovan, apparently there is no life off-line! I like to think about myself that I am a cautious user of the Internet. Yet, yesterday, I found that I was as sick as anybody else who does not think about oneself of being cautious. In the area whe...
 21 Feb 2013

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Two developments last week triggered the following reflection. First, I decided to go for a half-holiday. I decided to spend half of my day with my daughter and her cousin skiing at the local ski centre outside Geneva and to spend the rest of the da...
 20 Feb 2013

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The use of online social media as a tool to support diplomatic functions is fast becoming the norm. Embassies and Ministries differ only in the extent to which they embrace the new media and mainstream it in their activities. Much has been written in...
 13 Feb 2013

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When I graduated the Diplo’s crash course on social media, despite the enthusiasm and didactic skills of the tutors, I was quite skeptical about the usefulness of tweets. First, I thought that Twitter may be a good place for poets to post haik...
 11 Feb 2013

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"Age is no guarantee of efficiency" and "Youth is no guarantee of innovation". I couldn't resist showing the clip from the new James Bond film, Skyfall, when 007 meets the new Quartermaster (Q), as an opening tomy presen...
 11 Jan 2013

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The 'shift in power from governments to social actors' asAnne-Marie Slaughter, puts it, is very significant for e-diplomacy. This is partly becausethis opening up has changed both the context and roles of diplomats. But is is also...
 10 Jan 2013

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Innovation is often seen as something done by young people. The Canadian Embassy in Beijing's experiments with Wei-plomacy have been led by a seasoned Diplomat, Mark McDowell, whose long, distinguished career suggests he probably wouldn't qualify for...
 20 Dec 2012

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‘The higher the budget often the lower the impact of e-diplomacy projects,’ was the first counter-intuitive insight by Ambassador Alexandre Fasel, Swiss Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva (delivered at the Geneva e-diplomacy day...
 19 Dec 2012

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Richard Boly is one of the most consistent and successful innovators in eDiplomacy. His work at the US State Department is rightly lauded as a signal case-study for how change can be achieved through a sustained process of development, even with rela...
 10 Dec 2012

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In the early 1800s, John Marshall wrote: “To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.” The longest-serving Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and the father of American Constitutional Law, Mars...
 3 Dec 2012

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One of the questions I was asked at the recent conference on Innovation in Diplomacy was why we chose to involve so many senior participants (a few of them have seen seventy winters). The main reason was to address two increasingly important bi...
 22 Nov 2012

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Close to 100 diplomats and academics had avibrant and engaging discussion at the Geneva E-diplomacy Day. One of the outcomes was the drafting of e-diplomacy principles (which the session participants dubbed ‘e-diplomacy laws’)...
 21 Nov 2012

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Diplo's two-day conference - Innovation in Diplomacy - has started in Malta and promises to highlight some very interesting issues over the course of the next two days as it looks at the interplay between continuity and change in diplomacy....
 19 Nov 2012

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The core mission of diplomacy is still the same, but traditional diplomacy adjusts significantly. Can it bring peace and harmonious relations in the modern world? These and other questions have been discussed at a High-Level of Geneva E-diplomacy day...
 16 Nov 2012

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The #eDipGeneva day has kicked off with over 100 diplomats registered. It is a practically oriented event with a how-to focus. The purpose behind Diplo’s E-diplomacy days is to try to go beyond the limited perception of e-diplomacy as a concept...
 16 Nov 2012

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Diplo Foundation is organising an e-diplomacy day in Geneva on Friday 16th, one of a series that in Diplo we have been organising for the past two years. And, rather like a leader in a marathon suddenly noticing other runners appear at her side, all ...
 15 Nov 2012

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As the number of governments embracing e-diplomacy grows exponentially, around the world, the need for more research and training is becoming more and more evident. Indeed, in order to make the most of any digital agenda, it is important to better un...
 26 Oct 2012

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Mocking laughter greets our stories of how email was welcomed as a revolutionary time-saver in the 1990s, when we first introduced it into organisations. Even though for many people their most urgent priority is how to deal with their daily torrents ...
 26 Sep 2012

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The Philippines and the United Arab Emirates are the closest friends in the Facebook world. Serbia is among Austria’s best friends. Georgia and Russia are good friends as well! A map of more (or less) expected Facebook friendship is avail...
 24 Sep 2012

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Turkmeni stallions, voices from South Africa, international cyber-battlefields and 'we can't tweet to freedom': links we liked. As in many organisations, links to interesting, informative or wacky websites and stories pass around Diplo, s...
 21 Sep 2012

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Learning to ride a bicycle or drive a car develops a set of transferable skills that equip us to ride anything two wheeled or drive anything smaller than a heavy goods vehicle. To engage fully online means developing a similar set of core, transferab...
 19 Sep 2012

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Deirdre Williams writes: For at least the last twenty years I have been aware of people talking about 'paradigms' and 'paradigm shifts'. A paradigm is essentially a pattern, 'A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices ...
 10 Sep 2012

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As my number of friends on Facebook creeps towards an abitrary figure above which I have decided that the list would be unmanageable, I am at a loss to decide who to defriend. Will they notice? Will they be upset? Will they care? And then I see today...
 7 Sep 2012

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Where top is top And bott’m is bott’m Top down and bottom-up shall never meet What if they tweet?[1] Web 2.0 is about social networks: many individuals – particularly young ones – staying always close, influ...
 30 Aug 2012

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“As the Web grows more massive all the time, it's becoming increasingly important to quickly assess what Internet users are influential about and how they are influenced in order to make more informed decisions,” said Klout co-founder...
 28 Aug 2012

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While hard to define and measure, especially when it comes to Twitter, influence represents an important element for the practice of ediplomacy. It provides a way to better gauge how Twitter users have an impact on society and politics through their ...
 26 Aug 2012

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In Part 2 of a two-part blog, guest blogger and UK-based freelance journalist Alex Oxborough asks that you give journalists something to work with. In our ever more connected world of Twitter trending and 24-hour news, working with the media can fee...
 15 Aug 2012

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In Part 1 of a two-part blog, guest blogger and UK-based freelance journalist Alex Oxborough looks at how to get your communication in the news. What is news? A deceptively simple question, but it is key to a better understanding of how to work with...
 15 Aug 2012

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Blogging is at its best when it generates a conversation that elicits new ideas and garners new perspectives. Earlier this month, Diplo’s Hannah Slavik did just that when she posted a blog asking whether we can teach 20 000 students at the same...
 15 Aug 2012

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Guest blog by Andrea Sandre, Press and Public Affairs Officer, Embassy of Italy in the United States Since the launch of AFP’s eDiplomacy Hub in June and the recent release of Burson-Marsteller research study on the so-called ‘Twiplomac...
 4 Aug 2012

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Diplo specialises in online learning. As a result, people tend to send our director links for current articles on online learning. He tends to share these with me (Diplo’s educational programmes director) and suggest that I blog about them. Recently,...
 3 Aug 2012

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Imagine that, for some reason, as of today all diplomatic negotiations have to be conducted online, through chat-rooms or ‘hypertext’ for instance, and in writing; diplomats start to exploit the Internet resources in full and consider the...
 21 Jul 2012

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Meet the players: Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman writes for The Economist and the New York Times columnist. He's not in favour of austerity measures believing that such programs push depressed economies even deeper into depression.&nb...
 3 Jul 2012

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'After a long, competitive selection process we are then told we know nothing and can't use the knowledge and skills we bring with us', said an exasperated new foreign diplomat based in Rome from a diplomatic service which lags a long way...
 20 Jun 2012

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E-diplomacy has attracted a lot of attention recently. Some new terms have been coined including Facebook diplomacy and Twitter diplomacy. The Arab Spring initiated a new wave of commentary on Internet-driven changes in international relations. &nbsp...
 14 Jun 2012

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We’ve all heard the expression: ‘There’s no such thing as bad publicity’. In May, Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone laughed off the controversy over the ethics, and security risks, of holding the F1 race in Bahrain at a time...
 13 Jun 2012

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The recent surge of interest in Digital Diplomacy - perhaps eDiplomacy's younger-looking cousin - is the latest wave in the adoption and integration of computing and Internet enabled applications. While more and more MFAs and Governme...
 12 Jun 2012

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China’s environmental official criticised the US Embassy in Beijing for tweeting data on air-pollution in China – data collected by air-sensors at the Embassy’s premises.[1] Chinese officials said that such practice is in breach of ...
 7 Jun 2012

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The excellent new future-gazing piece from Mary Meeker, embedded below, set the Internet abuzz last week. Her annual Internet Report has “acquired legendary status in the industry because it distilled from the froth some elements of reality&rdq...
 5 Jun 2012

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Almost 50 years ago (7 October 1963), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) organized the first e-participation session in multilateral diplomacy. The ITU “walked the talk” by opening the first conference on satellite communicat...
 1 Jun 2012

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‘Social media for sceptics’ could have been a subtitle for the coaching programme we have been running with Diplo staff and teaching faculty. Distinguished and deeply experienced diplomats and educators were presented over the four weeks ...
 18 May 2012

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I very nearly didn't finish Susan Tardanico's recent article in Forbes Magazine when I saw her trot out the urban legend that 93% of communication is non-verbal. But I persevered because her topic is one that I've been discussing a lot la...
 8 May 2012

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This year we celebrate Diplo’s tenth anniversary, and 20 years since the start of the first e-diplomacy project at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. I have been in a mood of going through old papers, books and messages lately. A ...
 29 Apr 2012

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In a Foreign Policy article earlier this month, Rebecca MacKinnon has strong words decrying US foreign policy attempts to promote 'Internet Freedom': More than two years after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her first speech declaring...
 28 Apr 2012

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Facebook’s $1billion purchase of the photo-editing and display platform Instagram has split the digital commentariat, illustrated by two differing perspectives in the same UK newspaper, the Sunday Observer. An enthusiastic piece in the main pap...
 16 Apr 2012

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Australia's Lowy Institute for International Policy, an independent think tank, has produced an in-depth paper on ediplomacy activities at the US Department of State. Titled Revolution @State: The Spread of Ediplomacy, the report by F...
 13 Apr 2012

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Quiz question: which year was Facebook launched? Hint: it was two years before the launch of Twitter ........ and no Googling! In the same year a new, email-based online community was started by M+R Strategic Services' eCampaigns division. The Pro...
 10 Apr 2012

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A new post by guest blogger, Steven Nelson, a teacher, trainer, translator, interpreter, and writer. Steven is a graduate of Mary Washington College (BA in International Studies) and Central European University (MA in Nationalism Studies) and l...
 4 Apr 2012

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The impact of the Internet on diplomacy was the focus of yesterday's e-diplomacy workshop in Strasbourg, attended by 40 diplomats based in Strasbourg and officials of the Council of Europe. Diplo's team addressed the issue from three main per...
 27 Mar 2012

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The destiny of ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) is an example of the limits of traditional diplomacy and the potentials of e-participation in political life. This shift in the way policy is made was confirmed by Maroš Šef...
 23 Mar 2012

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Diplo's 2010 E-diplomacy Initiative consisted of awareness building/launch events in the main diplomatic centres and an International Conference on E-diplomacy (Malta, 3-4 June 2010). The initiative created momentum for courses, research an...
 20 Mar 2012

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A recent report by Demos traces the rise of populism through online behaviour. Surveying over 2000 Facebook fans of Hungary’s far-Right political party Jobbik, the study finds that far from being the ‘typical angry young men’ so oft...
 29 Feb 2012

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'Twitter Diplomacy', an articleby US NPR (National Public Radio),sparkeda flurry of interest on Twitter itself. The original article posed both sides of the case for 'Statecraft 2.0'. It highlighted the view of...
 23 Feb 2012

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Diplo and E-diplomacy 1992 - Establishement of the Unit for Computer Applications in Diplomacy at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies 1998 - Establishement of DiploProjects at the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studi...
 22 Feb 2012

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Hungary has been in the news a lot lately, not least with its controversial media act and the alleged erosion of democracy by the current Prime Minister and his party. I’ve been watching developments with interest and a little concern. In a mo...
 16 Feb 2012

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Update: On the 4th Juley 2012, The European Parliament rejected ACTA (more info). Original blog post from the 13th February 2012: Last weekend, thousands of people took to the streets of freezing European cities to protest against ACTA. Typically, ...
 13 Feb 2012

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In a recent interview with Diplo’s Stephanie Borg Psaila, Karen Melchior, First Secretary at the Danish Embassy in London, talks about how she has been able to integrate the use of social media in her everyday work. As a student of diplomacy, I...
 7 Feb 2012

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This analysis by Portland Communications and the platform Tweetminster gathered data about Africa's use of Twitter. The unsurprising details, such that the continent's richest country, South Africa, is by far its most prodigious produce...
 1 Feb 2012

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Bitly, the people who shorten lengthy links and make them more manageable, recently looked at what they're calling the 'half-life' of links, i.e. 'the amount of time at which this link will receive half of the clicks it will ever rece...
 26 Jan 2012

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If there are clouds, there might be rain--And it is raining, it is pouring... I know there are a lot of scary stories out there--you probably have a favorite one yourself (mine is the Pixar debacle where the award-winning movie Toy Story was almost ...
 2 Dec 2011

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Last week I delivered presentation on training and capacity development in e-diplomacy at the College of Europe conference Challenges facing the 21st century diplomat: Representation, communication, negotiation, and training” (Bruges, 25-26 Oct...
 3 Nov 2011

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If we could do just one thing that would make a difference to our communication problems, to our understanding of the world, to the conflict we live in – what should it be? We could bridge the digital divide – dedicate more tools and reso...
 19 Sep 2011

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We designed our online learning environment knowing that many of our participants are located in developing countries, including some of the poorest countries in the world. We wanted to ensure that course materials, tools and conversations would alwa...
 19 Sep 2011

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A couple of surveys from Pew Research Center conducted in spring 2011 have shed some interesting light on online courses and, indeed, on surveys in general. I can't help but wonder had Diplo Internet governance alumni been polled, would the resul...
 13 Sep 2011

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TamásDeutsch, a Hungarian politician and a member of the European Parliament, strikes again. The gist of his Twitter update – in criticism of Thomas Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State at the US Department of State – w...
 2 Aug 2011

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Over 26,000 people took part in a live Twitter Town Hall event dedicated to US President Barack Obama on Wednesday week. They asked the president 40,000 unique questions using the #AskObama – in just 70 minutes. President Obama was the...
 16 Jul 2011

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We might be past that phase where we ask whether diplomats should blog or tweet. Today we might ask, who are the diplomats who tweet? What do they talk about on Twitter?Of course, you need to be following them on Twitter to know. A good way ...
 10 Jul 2011

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Many machine operators will tell you that accidents happen when the operator starts taking the machine for granted. The longer the time spent using the same machine, the more dangerously accustomed to it an operator is likely to become – unless...
 16 Jun 2011

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It was one tweet, yesterday at 10:25 pm (EDT) that seemed to confirm the news. In a short time, the news ‘erupted’ on Twitter and other social networks. The tweet came from Keith Urbahn, chief of staff for former Defence Secretary Dona...
 2 May 2011

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The recent E-diplomacy Workshop organised by DiploFoundation on 6 April 2011 was attended by African diplomats accredited to the UN in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During the workshop, participants learned about the impact of the Internet on diploma...
 2 May 2011

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The impact of Internet on modern diplomacy and the emergence of new topics on diplomatic agendas are among the topics that will be discussed during a workshop for ambassadors and high officials of international organisations. The ‘E-diplomacy ...
 1 Apr 2011

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Over the last three months, we have held a series of meetings discussing the impact of WikiLeaks on diplomacy. It included two panels in Geneva, one focusing on the general impact of WikiLeaks on diplomacy (11 January), and the second discussing t...
 17 Mar 2011

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It has been almost a year since the E-diplomacy website was launched. It has also been some time since we posted Stefano Baldi’s list of ‘Essential tools’ on our blog. Technology progresses at an incredible speed. Not only is newer...
 16 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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Follow us on @ediplomat, at http://www.facebook.com/ediplomacy and on edip.diplomacy.edu today, for live coverage from the E-diplomacy workshop in Malta, organised by DiploFoundation. The programme for the E-diplomacy workshop is availablehere....
 9 Mar 2011

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Paper deliveredby Ambassador Victor Camilleri during the E-diplomacy panel on Diplomatic Reporting in the Internet Era after WikiLeaks, held on 9 February, 2011. One way to start looking at the subject of Diplomatic reporting is to cons...
 11 Feb 2011

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Triinu Rajasalu is the Director General, Department of Public Diplomacy and Media Relations at the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We interviewed her to share her thoughts and experience in the cutting-edge adoption of social media by the Eston...
 10 Feb 2011

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Aldo Matteucci writes: Everyone loves Wikipedia... yet hardly anyone realises that potential of the underlying software for streamlining paperwork in an MFA and significantly improving the efficiency of the archiving system. ‘Wiki’ soft...
 7 Feb 2011

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Economic Diplomacy: India's experienceis a new publication, co-edited by Ambassador Kishan S. Rana and Mr Bipul Chatterjee. The book tells the story of India's economic diplomacy through a rich collection of 27 essays. Three chapters a...
 7 Feb 2011

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Ambassador Nabil Fahmy on Diplomatic Reporting (Source: The Rise of Netpolitik by David Bollier) In the late 1990s, when Ambassador Nabil Fahmy became Egyptian ambassador in the United States, he decided to change diplomatic reporting from his e...
 4 Feb 2011

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Extracts from The 21st Century Ambassador, by Ambassador Kishan Rana (DiploFoundation, 2005) – Chapter 3 On Feedback in Diplomatic Reporting The main recipient of the ambassador’s reportage is the home government, particularly the MFA, ...
 4 Feb 2011

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E-diplomacy panel on Diplomatic Reporting in the Internet Era after WikiLeaks [New]Consult Ambassador Victor Camilleri's background paper, Aldo Matteucci's proposal on How to use Wikis for Diplomatic Reporting, Ambassador Kishan Rana'...
 31 Jan 2011

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The dust from the CableGate bomb has settled down. Diplomats and politicians are now cautious about what to say and where to say it. Whistleblowers are wondering how they can avoid sharing the same fate as Bradley Manning. Journalists are watching ou...
 26 Jan 2011

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Three different – at times convergent – perspectives on the way WikiLeaks has affected diplomacy emerged during the policy briefing on ‘WikiLeaks and the Future of Diplomacy’ held at GSCP, Geneva, and online, on 11 January, 20...
 13 Jan 2011

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Policy Briefing: WikiLeaks and the Future of Diplomacy The release into the public domain of thousands of confidential documents leaked from diplomatic services was for some an embarrassing scandal and for others a healthy push for transp...
 3 Jan 2011

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Milos Radakovic writes: Once a blizzard of diplomatic cables started pouring through the gates of WikiLeaks, my initial reaction was – ‘that’s it, this will obliterate the basic premise for public diplomacy’. However, on sec...
 2 Jan 2011

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Earlier this month, Jovan Kurbalija and Vladimir Radunovic delivered a presentation on e-diplomacy at the ‘Excellence in Diplomacy - Young Leadership Diplomatic Seminar’ in Belgrade, Serbia. The seminar, organised by the Serbian Diplomat...
 28 Dec 2010

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Two seminars on e-diplomacy and e-governance were recently held in Belgrade and Podgorica for diplomats and government officials from Serbia and Montenegro. The seminars were organised and supported by the Vienna Diplomatic Academy. On 13-14 Dec...
 28 Dec 2010

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While we are discussing the thousands of diplomatic telegrams revealed by WikiLeaks, it is important to review the leaking (intentional or otherwise) of a few other telegrams that have shaped diplomatic history. The Ems telegram, leaked by Prus...
 22 Dec 2010

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DiploFoundation is once again offering the online course onE-diplomacy(formerly CyberDiplomacy),starting 9 May, 2011. The course, which is one of Diplo's longest-standing and most popular online courses, has been extensiv...
 14 Dec 2010

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CableGate puts into sharper focus the modern relevance of one of the oldest survival principles in nature "to see and not be seen". Today, based on an informal "Internet social contract", the deal is that we "see" much more, but we also accept being...
 8 Dec 2010

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While the world is talking WikiLeaks, I cannot fail to think: what if even more classified information is compromised? Is technology failing us? What we should question is not simply what has been leaked, but how it has happened… The Guardian...
 7 Dec 2010

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While the world is talking WikiLeaks, I cannot fail to think: what if even more classified information is compromised? Is technology failing us? What we should question is not simply what has been leaked, but how it has happened… The Guardian...
 7 Dec 2010

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Ambassador Kishan S. Rana writes: The release of 250,000 diplomatic 'cables' (a lovely, quaint term) by the US diplomatic system has produced some shock-waves and a vast outpouring of comment. Of course, some faces, belonging to those that ...
 7 Dec 2010

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WikiLeaks is probably the strongest attack on diplomacy as a way of managing global affairs. Paradoxically, it may trigger open and honest discussion about its future role. This is the good news... We need diplomacy now more than ever before. ...
 3 Dec 2010

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… letting the cat out of the bag a claw at a time and this particular cat has about a quarter of a million claws. As I write, US diplomats around the world are probably replaying every social occasion, state meeting, and corridor conversation ...
 2 Dec 2010

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Probably the only positive impact WikiLeaks will have is that it will demystify diplomacy. Many people see diplomacy as an exclusive and mysterious profession. While diplomacy is perceived as glamour, black limousines, receptions, and the comfortable...
 1 Dec 2010

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A diplomatic cable is a diplomatic message. The etymology goes back to the mid-nineteenth century when the first diplomatic messages were sent via telegraph. Telegraphs were connected by telegraph cables and the focus on telegraph as the technical de...
 1 Dec 2010

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Jovan Kurbalija writes: In April this year (2010) I visited the US State Department in order to learn more about its highly successful e-diplomacy project. I expected to see a state-of-the-art computer centre, a crisis room with lined with computer...
 21 Nov 2010

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Mary Murphy writes: Driving to Dublin recently, I was listening to talk radio. A local councillor was being interviewed about a Facebook course for local representatives taking place in Kerry this weekend - Facebook for Councillors: a busines...
 21 Nov 2010

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Hilary Clinton launched the US State Department's 21st Century Statecraft initiative earlier this year, using of course social media to spread the word and engage the different target audiences of Public Diplomacy. This video clip can be found o...
 16 Oct 2010

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The Diplomatic and Foreign Service sector, like so many others, often finds itself playing catch-up with the early adopters of social media. There are serious issues at stake but 21st Century communicators have to engage with people where they talk ...
 13 Oct 2010

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Diplopedia is an internal collaboration tool, rightly lauded as a model of using free and open source web 2.0 tools to energise internal collaboration and knowledge sharing. Change in large organisations is always difficult, especially so when i...
 29 Sep 2010

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Diplomatic culture is rich and complex, proud of the subtlety of its communications and mindful of the importance of time in building relationships, developing negotiations or agreements. Web 2.0 culture is very different, prides itself on imme...
 29 Sep 2010

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'Do we need diplomats more or less than in the past?' This is the first question Georgie Day asked Geoff Berridge in an interview at Five Books. Berridge's answer was very interesting: 'We need them more than in the past bec...
 26 Jul 2010

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A recent article on Digital Diplomacy in the NY times has raised a lot of interest. It explores many alternative views about the way diplomacy is being performed by the 'new digital diplomats'. Jovan Kurbalija provides a few comments and a re...
 23 Jul 2010

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A recent article in the New York Times, Digital Diplomacy details the digital diplomacy of 'Jared Cohen, the youngest member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, and Alec Ross, the first senior adviser for innovation to the secr...
 22 Jul 2010

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Twitter was a focus of interest at the Malta International E-diplomacy Conference at the beginning of June, and the discussions pushed me to explore more about Twitter possibilities before bringing the topic up here. The first thing I discovered is t...
 16 Jun 2010

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Hello from sunny and beautiful Malta! The E-diplomacy conference starts tomorrow, and we hope some of the participants will post blogs here to let you know what is happening. See you tomorrow! ...
 2 Jun 2010

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E-participation does not replace in-person participation, nor diminish its importance. As a matter of fact, comments made by IG Thematic Amb. Bertrand de la Chappelle at the Geneva launch of the E-diplomacy Initiative have convinced me that not only ...
 23 May 2010

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New social media channels and user generated content cause a significant change on the way that political events are covered. This is not only true for situations in which the presence of journalists is restricted, like the 2009 Iranian elections. Co...
 10 May 2010

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Tweeter is both powerful and risky as a tool for politicians. This is the main message in the Economist article on Twitter. Although it focuses on politicians, many aspects could apply to diplomats as well. As an illustration of the power of Tw...
 10 May 2010

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Thousands of groups meet online or by tele-conference daily, saving not only time and Euros but carbon footprint impact as well. However, my experience shows that public entities often have more difficulty in organising effective remote communication...
 7 May 2010

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Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities in the Internet Era by Gergő Pasqualetti, Permanent Representation of Hungary to the European Union The topic of privileges and immunities (often referred to as P&I) is an evergreen classic of diplomatic law...
 7 May 2010

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The UN was the setting for the NY launch of the DiploFoundation E-diplomacy Initiative with core partners Malta, Switzerland and AT&T. Our Twitter followers participated online with this tweet report: */ eDiplomat: #ediplomacy #etools in...
 4 May 2010

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Where better to post a 'Twitter Blog' of the Washington DC E-diplomacy Initiative Launch than in e-participation? Read the tweets, make your comments, continue the discussion! eDiplomat: About to start Wash DC Launch of #ediplomacy #etools for #di...
 28 Apr 2010

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Current air traffic interruptions are affecting everyone in some way or other this week. Those who are stranded away from home are feeling the effects most dramatically, but most of us are making adjustments of some kind or other. Our own e-dip...
 20 Apr 2010

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I was not even in Europe, but I attended the Brussels launch of the e-diplomacy initiative. Not only that, I shared the step-by-step process with our eDiplomat Twitter followers! E-participation and remote participation in meetings are very importan...
 15 Apr 2010

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After going through the blogs and comments, I’m beginning to digress like Ginger on the e-participation blog. We have been going back to the question of definition, and as she has suggested, a chart or categorization strategy might be very usef...
 7 Apr 2010

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Ginger's e-participation blog has been exploring many interesting viewpoints on the degree to which e-voting can help enhance participation. It might be worthwhile to explore how these e-participation discussion can be linked to aspects of e-cons...
 31 Mar 2010

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It is estimated that there were approximately 4.5 billion mobile phone subscriptions in the world at the end of 2009. This number is equivalent to over 60% of the world’s population. Increasingly people are accessing the internet through broad...
 31 Mar 2010

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I seem to digress ... asking again, what is e-participation? What are the different areas of e-participation, and what are tools for e-participation? How can we define and categorise the concepts? Please post your comments so we can refine and define...
 29 Mar 2010

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E-learning is not just "like learning"... it is learning... and so its tools must be appropriate to the knowledge process and knowledge objective. Web 2.0 Twitter, mobile classes and learnlets are wonderful for incidental, short scope learning projec...
 29 Mar 2010

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E-learning is not new... It has been around as long--rather, longer than--computers. Lights and buzzers... "electronic learning" is not new. But there are some very new applications and resources. A brief search brought up news about &quot...
 26 Mar 2010

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E-voting and Internet voting are of course two different things: Internet voting is one form of e-voting. But even more important for e-participation is the point made in a previous comment by Uvais: Internet voting tools offer support to the whole v...
 26 Mar 2010

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Consular departments take advantage of several e-tools to keep in touch with nationals overseas. Here are three recent trends in using e-tools for consular assistance and protection. (Links point to examples on the web) Call centres: 24/7 call cen...
 24 Mar 2010

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An experience recently reported by the NY Times shows what an interactive public diplomacy strategy should be about. Cultural diplomacy has been used as part of US strategy for public diplomacy in a project sponsored by the State Department called Da...
 22 Mar 2010

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The involvement of the media in Public Diplomacy may take different shapes. One of them is known as diplomacy in the media. It happens when a State uses mass media channels to establish communication with other State as a way to move forward negotiat...
 22 Mar 2010

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E-participation takes many forms, some in amazing quantities of transactions adding ease and speed to citizen and other services. That is quantity well-acheived through technology. I propose that the zenith of quality and the most amazing attributes...
 16 Mar 2010

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Enforcing visa regimes may not strictly fall under the mandate of the MFA. Nor is it a service directly provided to one's own nationals. However, it is one of the most popular functions routinely performed in embassies and consulates. Visa issue...
 16 Mar 2010

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A link between e-participation (web) and foreign policy--that is significant! See Stephen Hale's Blog "The Web as a Foreign Policy Issue", which opines that one area of E-diplomacy is to examine how we can use the power and impact of th...
 12 Mar 2010

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Consular work, or the ‘Cinderella Service’, has traditionally been a relatively neglected area in most foreign ministries. Recent trends have however reshaped the way foreign ministries think about this function which is sometimes consid...
 12 Mar 2010

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The E-consulate blog will examine the use of the Internet in consular affairs. We will use the term 'e-consulate' to define consular services provided to citizens overseas using the Internet. For this topic, we will look at three sets of clos...
 12 Mar 2010

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On Wednesday, March 3, an interesting event was organized during the visit of theSecretary of StateHillary Clinton in Brazil. Significantly, it was called townterview – a mix between the ideas of “closeness” and participation embodied in town meeting...
 11 Mar 2010

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A new age of online data has arrived – a fact noted by The Economist in a recent front page feature on “The data deluge”. For anyone interested in global policy making this is a very exciting development. Good policy making w...
 10 Mar 2010

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What is the professional expertise needed by a diplomat? One should not be surprised that understanding of societal affairs and economics is more important as a knowledge base than the theory of international relations. Kishan S. Rana, DIPLOMAT AND...
 8 Mar 2010

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

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Can we use state-of-the-art simulation and "serious gaming" tools to transform the way that peace-building organisations train, plan and collaborate? An event staged last year by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) explored...
 5 Mar 2010

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Invitations to events The diplomatic world is also characterized by many official events (lunches, dinners, cocktails, galas, Celebrations of National Days, etc). In many cases the invitations for these events need to be formal and therefore tradi...
 4 Mar 2010

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Usually e-participation is closely linked to e-government and e-governance, referring to any Information and Communication Technology (especially Internet) resources used to involve citizens in government processes. This may be as simple as making a...
 2 Mar 2010

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E-diplomacy requires new skills, and in some cases, a new approach to diplomacy. Diplomats are already re-thinking the way they work, taking a new look at traditional activities such as negotiation and representation. New activities, such as addressi...
 2 Mar 2010

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A good way to start exploring the field of e-diplomacy is to discuss the correlation between this theme and the theory of international relations. In this video, Joseph Nye explains how public diplomacy currently relies on "soft power", or ...
 2 Mar 2010

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How can diplomats make use of technology to improve their professional skills and communication? How do computer mediated communications affect diplomatic discourse? What is the impact of a globalized and interactive media such as the Internet on pu...
 1 Mar 2010

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The e-participation blog will examine the definition and implications of the use of electronic and online resources for engagement and inclusion in global, regional, national and local diplomacy and governance. There are many questions to be addresse...
 26 Feb 2010

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Firstly, it is worth starting by reviewing what has been recently happening in the area of E-Policy or more particularly Gov 2.0 initiatives. 2009 witnessed a surge of interest by some governments in using and adopting Web 2.0 approaches to policy an...
 24 Feb 2010

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This blog will be exploring the implications of what we have called E-Policy – the use of online social media in helping to undertake global policy research. We will be focusing our attention on developments at an international level, but equal...
 24 Feb 2010

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Do you use Twitter to spread information about ongoing consultations and to gauge public reaction? Do you use or follow any Facebook groups or topics to find out what public opinion really is behind the polls? Do you write a blog to keep in touch w...
 26 Jan 2010

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What are the best Negotiation and Participation Techniques for the Internet Era? Are they already being used? Who is using them? What are the results? Is e-diplomacy "real diplomacy"? Will e-diplomacy "ruin diplomacy" or make it a...
 26 Jan 2010

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The Internet and e-communication affect parts of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, in particular those that deal with the facilitation of the free communication of diplomatic missions (article 27), communication with local indviduals and...
 19 Jan 2010

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Some of the most impressive e-tools we can use are those that help us avoid a missed meeting. These can be used in long-range planning or in crisis management. We have seen excellent examples of planned remote participation in the UN IGF process - in...
 18 Jan 2010

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The term 'e-diplomacy' describes new methods and modes of conducting diplomacy and international relations with the help of the Internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs). The term also refers to the study of the impact...
 16 Jan 2010

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Background Information What is e-diplomacy? The term 'e-diplomacy'describes new methods and modes of conducting diplomacy and international relations with the help of the Internet ...
 15 Jan 2010

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