Plurality of opinions

Digital technologies are ubiquitous. From sunrise to sunset, we are immersed in a world where virtual and real intermingle permanently. The decisions we make every day are now heavily influenced by technology. We have gained new skills in terms of access to information. The world is within the reach of a click. Everything is always […]

Personal data and trust

At the beginning of the generalization of internet, many scholars and policy-makers were techno-optimist: seeing this transformational technology as a promising opportunity to increase public participation in local to global governance mechanisms, improve public institutions efficiency and effectiveness, and bring peoples together by bridging the gap between cultures, languages and territories. Since then, a number […]

Networked integrity

This blog post is part of a series of articles exploring potential links between blockchain technologies and international relations. Since many students asked me to explain this new technology, I’ve decided to dive into the Blockchain with the intention to come up with a clear and didactical presentation. This peer-to-peer distributed network is a ledger of […]

Blockchain to replace IOs

The fourth industrial revolution described by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as the convergence of the physical, digital, and biological worlds, is often portrayed as being a unique opportunity for citizens to engage with public authorities, and sustain economic growth and unprecedented innovations in terms of speed (exponential growth), scope (disrupts almost every industry in […]

Technology and democracy

According to the OECD, participation[1] comprises of three elements: access to information, consultation and active participation. It is often said that information and communication technologies (ICTs) have increased participation in global governance arrangements by providing global and affordable access to information; offering new possibilities to consult vast number of individuals and stakeholders simultaneously, and enabling […]

ICTs and Health Institutions

Transparency is often considered a prerequisite for democratic accountability, and can be conceptualized as “the extent to which individuals who may be significantly affected by a decision are able to learn about the decision-making process, including its existence, subject matter, structure and current status” (Dingwerth, 2007: 30). [1] Many global institutions offer online information for […]

Soft power and accountability

States’ interdependence, globalization, expansion of scope and authority of international organizations, and the growth of the global civil society have increased concerns about the use of power on the world stage.[1] The way authority is defined and understood is linked to the notion of legitimacy. Contrary to power, an authority claims a right to rule […]

UE et participation numérique

Les Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (TIC) offrent non seulement de nouvelles opportunités, mais aussi peuvent aussi créer de nouvelles barrières. Les entreprises de communication stratégique, telle Cambridge Analytica, combinant des outils d’exploration, d’analyse des données et de profils en ligne, sont de plus en plus nombreuses à tenter d’influencer les résultats des […]

ICTs and Multi-Stakeholderism

Thanks to ICTs, individuals and organizations transform a grasp of how the world works into working knowledge. This skill revolution consists of an interplay between technologies, education and experience.  These three elements make individuals grow exponentially and enable them to catch the attention of global leaders. [1] Governments, corporations and other collectivities also gained new […]

Health Institutions and participation

The most important impact that ICTs may have is in the increasing openness and possibility for mass collaboration and participation, which in turn is expected to gradually change governance models. [1] Thanks to ICTs, openness of governance systems and integration of policy making mechanisms can harness collective intelligence, building on the knowledge, experience, and competence […]

Capacity Building and Financial IOs

According to the OECD, capacity development is the process whereby people, organizations and society as a whole unleash, strengthen, create, adapt and maintain capacity over time.[1] Capacity building needs to be distinguished from access to information. Guideline, handouts and documentation is considered access to information. Capacity building is understood here in a restrictive definition as […]

Capacity Building and Health IOs

According to the OECD, capacity development is the process whereby people, organizations and society as a whole unleash, strengthen, create, adapt and maintain capacity over time.[1] Capacity building needs to be distinguished from access to information. Guideline, handouts and documentation is considered access to information. Capacity building is understood here in a restrictive definition as […]

Transparency and Financial IOs

Transparency is often considered a prerequisite for democratic accountability, and can be conceptualized as “the extent to which individuals who may be significantly affected by a decision are able to learn about the decision-making process, including its existence, subject matter, structure and current status” (Dingwerth, 2007: 30). [1] Many global institutions offer online information for […]

Gouvernance Européenne

La nature pourvoit à tous les aspects de la vie humaine, sous forme de nourriture, médicaments, et ressources naturelles, mais également comme source d’innovation, loisirs, et émerveillements. Souvent considérée comme inaltérable, notre planète s’adapte de plus en plus difficilement aux besoins grandissants de l’humanité. Au moment clé où certains États remettent en cause l’importance et […]

ICTs, Openness and ITU

One of the most debated impacts of ICTs on international affairs concerns the increasing openness and possibility for mass collaboration offered by ICTs, which are expected to gradually change governance models.[1] Thanks to ICTs, openness of governance systems and integration of policy making mechanisms can harness collective intelligence, building on the knowledge, experience, and competence […]

ITU, ICTs and transparency

Transparency is often considered a prerequisite for democratic accountability, and can be conceptualized as the extent to which individuals affected by a decision have the capacity to learn about the decision-making process, including subject matter, structure and current status.[1] Therefore we understand transparency as access to information and capacity building. This post will analyze the […]

Innovative Governance : ITU

Globalization and technological advances are altering fundamentally how we live, work and relate to one another. [1] Rapid computerization and adoption of internet in most parts of the world require thinking creatively and inclusively about how to approach large technological shifts and their related questions and issues,[2] including property and privacy rights, freedom of speech, […]

Global civil society

The role of NGOs in supporting progress toward multi-party elections in authoritarian countries is well documented. Since the early 1990s, civil society organizations increasingly became global and challenged global policies of international institutions and led to the development of new accountability norms. They also offer (or state to) more legitimacy to global governance mechanisms by representing and being the voice of non-state and non-corporate actors. Many global institutions tend to associate with NGOs and the civil society at large to gain extra legitimacy and higher levels of public trust. Author: Jerome Duberry

Innovative governance : IUCN

If IUCN has become a reference in terms of biodiversity and conservation, it is not only due to its participatory governance mechanisms, but also to its capacity to produce well-recognized scientific knowledge through its members and commissions. Author: Jerome Duberry