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Digital Diplomacy

Putin Drops the Bombs and Deals the Cards in Syria and Ukraine

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 10.05.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The challenge of Putin as well as ISIS requires an answer beyond avoidance and containment. The threat is immediate but also the challenge to the rule of law and the ideology upon which free and democratic states have prospered as societies and economies over the last few decades.

H2H Solutions to S2S Problems in the Information Age: A Case for Digital Diplomacy in East Asia

Meicen Sun | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Meicen Sun

The world we live in is digital, and individual, as it is also political and persistently statist. State actors' control of economic resources, combined with their monopoly in the legitimate use of force, has helped maintain their superiority over non-state actors.

To Deliver Soft Power, Digital Diplomats Need to Move Beyond Platforms

Jimmy Leach | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Jimmy Leach

Done well, digital diplomacy ought to be the use of technology to deliver soft power and public policy messages, alongside the ability to engage with wider audiences of both state and non-state actors and use that feedback loop to understand more and to deliver better policy.

UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.

Different Prefixes, Same Meaning: Cyber, Digital, Net, Online, E-, Virtual

Dr. Jovan Kurbalija | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Dr. Jovan Kurbalija

This week, the Global Cyberspace Conference takes place in The Hague (16-17 April). In March, UNESCO hosted a conference on Connecting the Dots in Digital Space. The NETmundial Initiative had a meeting in Stanford recently.

Digital Citizenship First: White House Endorses 'HTTPS-everything'

Andrea Stroppa | Posted 05.23.2015 | Technology
Andrea Stroppa

This is a positive move that deserve to be supported at any level: better privacy protection and strong security are mandatory steps toward a digital society shaped around people's needs and easily-accessible public services.

Come to the Virtual "Atlantis"!

Susan Sacirbey | Posted 01.25.2015 | World
Susan Sacirbey

Like the the Atlantis of lore, the digital-diplomat is not tethered to any hemisphere but rather links to the superiority of knowledge and empathy over geography and ideology.

In the Digital Diplomacy Battle, the Upstarts Will Start to Win Out

Jimmy Leach | Posted 12.06.2014 | Politics
Jimmy Leach

The time is right for new countries to step into that world and punch way above their weight, gaining influence above and beyond their more risk averse counterparts.

This Chart Shows Which World Leaders Are the Most Powerful on Twitter

Florian Hildebrandt | Posted 12.19.2014 | World
Florian Hildebrandt

The new prime minister of India, @NarendraModi, just surpassed the @WhiteHouse in fourth place and is likely to have more followers than Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono next week.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Digital Citizenship

Andreas Sandre | Posted 07.23.2014 | Technology
Andreas Sandre

In every large democracy of our time, little seems to be left to chance, with both national and trans-national laws and policies relating to every aspect of our life. The Internet however, is still much debated and a sort of grey area.

Is Education a Human Right?

Montclair Diplomats | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Montclair Diplomats

Education is increasingly highlighted as fundamental to the advancement of societies as well as essential to opportunity for individuals.

Diplomacy 3.0 Starts in Stockholm

Andreas Sandre | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Andreas Sandre

While we have not yet outgrown Twitter and Facebook -- still key ingredients for any government's digital strategy -- foreign policy is fast moving towards more innovative ways to change its elitist undertones and become a truly participatory, collaborative forum.

Your People Can Tweet My People: Twitter Diplomacy Takes a Step Forward, But Let's Not Get Too Excited

Jimmy Leach | Posted 12.02.2013 | Technology
Jimmy Leach

There's been a good deal of excitement (well, relatively speaking) about the recent twitter exchanges between US President Barack Obama and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani.

Add Digital Diplomacy to the Long List of Failures Over Syria

Jimmy Leach | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Jimmy Leach

For digital diplomacy to be an effective weapon in crisis, it needs to invest, innovate and adopt the mechanisms of the wider digital industry.

4 Years of Digital Diplomacy and Change

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Alan W. Silberberg

Wow. There is a quiet sea change happening in the Middle East. The 2013 Iranian Election will mark the end of one cycle, and the beginning of another.

Are We All Digital Diplomats?

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 08.16.2013 | Technology
Jean Newman Glock

Digital Diplomacy is a topic that conjures up images of embassies conversing with foreign governments and broadcasting information and well -- propaganda -- to impact policy goals. But you don't have to be a government or super influencer to have international impact. Social media has given everyone a voice.

'Fast Diplomacy': The Future of Foreign Policy?

Andreas Sandre | Posted 08.11.2013 | World
Andreas Sandre

Because social media exponentially multiplies a message and its reach, mistakes often occur in sudden and unexpected fashion. This is why risk management needs to become part of a digital diplomacy strategy -- not just crisis communications.

Diplomacy and the Digital Age

Arturo Sarukhan | Posted 06.03.2013 | Media
Arturo Sarukhan

With the advent of internet-based social media platforms, a successful digital diplomacy entails a complete overhaul in our communications strategy, and is part of a broader conversation regarding the kind of societies we want and the interactions among them and within them.

Exit Interview: Alec Ross on Internet Freedom, Innovation and Digital Diplomacy

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.12.2013 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Given the increasing penetration of technology into the lives of billions of people around the world, context for how we think about intersection of diplomacy and civil society is shifting. No one has been more central to that discussion than Alec J. Ross.

St. George and the Dragon Meet Up With David and Goliath

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 01.28.2013 | Technology
Alan W. Silberberg

The United States finds itself in a new war. A constant 24 hour/7 day a week/365 day a year war that is both hot and cold at the same time. In fact it presents the most asymmetrical threat to our national security since the founding of this country.

Lebanon Finally Sees Its Twitter Dawn

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 01.14.2012 | Media
Faisal J. Abbas

With Lebanon suffering one of the world's slowest Internet connection speeds, it is certainly not surprising that social media hasn't picked up in this country as quickly as it did in other parts of the globe.

Gov 2.0 L.A. 2011 Speakers and Content

Alan W. Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Alan W. Silberberg

Gov 2.0 L.A. 2011 is upon us shortly. As the founder I could not be more excited about what is about to happen. Gov 2.0 LA started last year as a way ...

CENTCOM's Digital Diplomacy

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

In Tampa, a team of fluent Arabic, Farsi, and Urdu speaking civilians comb through online forums in their respective languages, where they're looking for incendiary commentary about the U.S. military.