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LOS and Apple Computers

Today (January 24th, 2014) is the 30th Anniversary of the first and only daytime showing of the first advertisement for the Apple Macintosh. I want to make note of it because Apple (in the form of an Apple ][ computer) played a key role in the negotiation of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. Although the two articles of the Convention that were negotiated with the aid of the Apple ][ were removed by the 1994 Agreement on Implementation, the agreement on the formula for production limitations and on the financial terms of contracts were essential to closing the Third UN Conference on the Law of the Sea on a successful, albeit interim, agreement.

The key role played by the Apple ][ in the LOS negotiations not only helped complete the difficult negotiations regarding the mineral resources of the deep seabed, it pioneered the use of the personal computer as a collaborative tool in international negotiations rather than a weapon of one side of the other in a competition of experts.

In memory of the pioneering role Apple products had in informing and empowering conference diplomacy, I am pleased to link you to the original ad that showed during the Superbowl on January 24, 1984:

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