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In November, Diplo celebrated 15 years of DiploFoundation and 25 years of research and training on Internet and diplomacy.

By on 31 May, 2012 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways

Would Rousseau use the Internet? It would seem so. He was a frantic publisher of his ideas and had many problems with censorship in his day. Being able to publicize his ideas freely would be a great boon for him. Even more so would be easy access to information and to ideas of others.

Would he have a website? Probably. He might even open a blog page.

By on 28 Mar, 2012 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways

Intellectual property rights, such as patents, are “good good good” - or so we say out loud. Well, way may be soon chanting a different tune.

Patents were a conditional bounty at the outset: a time-limited monopoly was granted provided the invention was made public. Society benefited from the quick spreading of the facts about the advance: inventors could either build on it, or move to another field.

By on 31 Dec, 2011 | From the channel/s: Looking Sideways

(A conjecture – not a theory)

The Doha Round in WTO looks like being dead in the water. Wails are heard from many shores while protectionist interests frolic behind rhetoric-swept dunes. Has multilateral diplomacy met its ultimate challenge and been found wanting? Temperamentally I hate recriminations, and I’m always looking for a way out – even if the way may be crooked and twisted, and hug the cragged landscape rather than slash through it as a four lane highway would.

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