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Internet governance – Decision by the ICANN Board (March 27, 2014)

France is closely monitoring the process to create domain names with the extension “.vin” and “.wine” envisaged by the regulatory authority for domain names on the Internet, ICANN.

The term diplomacy covers several activities, including representing and promoting the country’s interests, informing its authorities, negotiating, interacting with local civil society and notably opinion leaders, and protecting citizens.

Digital diplomacy is an extension to traditional diplomacy. It is based on innovations and the usages resulting from information and communication technology (ICT). However, the digital tool is not considered a mere means of communicating information. It contributes to transforming diplomacy.

Digital diplomacy is a priority of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE), which has implemented numerous initiatives in this area. Digital diplomacy covers very varied areas:

puceoupas digital technology and international issues;
puceoupas digital soft diplomacy;
puceoupas digital diplomacy and knowledge management;
puceoupas the MAE’s online public service offer.

Updated : November 2013

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