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TURKEY COUP ( and Social Networks )

Turkey blocked three social-media giants and its internet traffic fell by half As reports of an attempted military coup came in late Friday (July 15), Turkish internet users began to have trouble reaching a range of websites and services. Around 11.04 pm local time, Turkey Blocks, a Twitter account that monitors the country’s internet activity, noted...

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Narain Batra: You can’t Twitter away wicked global problems

Traditional diplomacy, discreet, unobtrusive and behind-the-closed-door, of John Kerry, Ban Ki-moon and Henry Kissinger, for example, is indispensable. But now diplomats are also using Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and other social media to build bridges with civil society influencers. Social media has become diplomacy’s second self, “a significant other,” according to a recent report by Burson-Marsteller,...

7 Ethno Villages That Will Make You Love Serbia Even More!

Experience something completely new, yet old! Wake up in the warm embrace of peace and quiet and spend your day surrounded by the famous Serbian hospitality. Learn an old craft or two in beautiful nature. And indulge in the deliciousness of traditional Serbian cuisine. Head to one of Serbia’s enchanting ethno villages and you’ll fall in...

Diplomats in the Trenches: ‘You Can’t Learn Diplomacy Through Osmosis’

The following is one in a series of adapted excerpts from “America’s Other Army: The U.S. Foreign Service and 21st-Century Diplomacy.” Michael Hammer was nine years into his Foreign Service career in 1997, when he did advance work on President Bill Clinton’s visit to Vancouver, Canada, for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. Once the president’s...

HOW TO BE A SERB: The First Ever Tutorial

Inside every person lies “a Serb”. Whether you’ve visited Serbia, fallen in love with it and its people and want to be just like your Serbian friends OR you don’t live in Serbia anymore, you miss it and want to remember all the knick-knacks that make Serbs so special, this text is here to remind or...

10 most beautiful Serbian female athletes

They are successful in their sports. Their personalities will charm you and their smiles will captivate you. These Serbian beauties are known as strong, successful and beautiful women. We give the 10 most beautiful top-notch female athletes from Serbia! 1. Ana Ivanović (Tennis) This young woman from Belgrade not only carries the title of the most...

Cyber Diplomacy vs. Digital Diplomacy: A Terminological Distinction

The debate about diplomacy in the digital age has been recklessly profligate with terminology. Terms such as e-diplomacy, cyber diplomacy or digital diplomacy have been used almost interchangeably, with each author sticking to his/her favorite. This not only wastes three perfectly good terms where one could do (denying us the other two for other purposes). It...

Best connected African leaders on Twitter

  The latest Burson-Marsteller Twiplomacy study has revealed that Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta @UKenyatta has become Sub-Saharan Africa’s most followed leader with 1.4 million followers, closely followed by Rwanda’s @PaulKagame, ahead of South Africa’s presidential administration @PresidencyZA with 673,000 followers. World leaders on Twitter The Burson-Marsteller study finds that governments use Twitter most, but have larger audiences...

Social media has become the main driving force for change in diplomatic communication

We have asked several foreign ministries to answer some questions about their #DigitalDiplomacy. Here’s a guest post from the European External Action Service. Centuries-old customs and habits have been eroded in less than a decade. Think, for instance, of the proverbial neutrality of diplomatic language and how the immediacy of social media and live-streaming have re-shaped...

Twitter is the Preferred Network for Global Digital Diplomacy, New Burson Study Finds

Governments Use Twitter Most, But Have Larger Audiences on Facebook Over the past five years, Twitter has become the ultimate channel for digital diplomacy’s for world leaders and governments. It is the prime social network used by heads of state and government in 173 countries, representing 90 percent of all United Nations (UN) member states, according...

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The project “Digital Diplomacy – Digital Albania and Digital Kosovo”

The project “Digital Diplomacy – Digital Albania and Digital Kosovo”, aimed at promoting the independence of Kosovo, the image and values “of those two countries” was signed by the representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of so-called Kosovo and Albania in Pristina on December 14, – Belgrade Initiative for Public and Digital Diplomacy reports. ‘’We...

How Yugoslavia was Syrianized 25 years ago

In an alternative universe, what if Yugoslavia still existed? NATO’s expansion, the Cold War still being waged, the so-called democratic western nations destroying freedoms in the name of democracy, we’re already living World War III. At this crucial juncture in history, it’s absolutely imperative that we examine what has transpired the last 25 years. Yugoslavia and...

Digital Diplomacy and the Brexit Negotiations

  In my memo to the Prime Minister (http://www.shaunriordan.com/?p=290) I identified elements of a possible diplomatic strategy to secure an acceptable Brexit outcome for the UK. Here I want to explore to what extent digital diplomacy, or rather the tools of digital diplomacy, can be used to implement such a strategy. Much has been written about...

Activists to Bosnian Pokemon Go Users: Beware of Mine Fields

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina — A non-governmental organization in Bosnia says it has heard of people wandering into mine fields while playing Pokemon Go, and is urging them to pay more attention before someone gets hurt. The “Posavina without mines” organization said Tuesday that some gamers have gone astray in the northern region of Posavina. Bosnia is one...

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Online privacy: ceci n’est pas un guide

Everyone wants to know what you need to do to be i) happy, ii) fit, iii) secure. And the easier and more listy it is, the better. The Guardian recently published an article that left PI’s techies sceptical, to say the least. “Extreme online security measures to protect your digital privacy – a guide” offered nine...

What government might look like in 2030

Earlier this week, I was asked to speak on this subject at TechUK’s Public Sector 2030 event. I don’t claim any special ability to see the future, and I think predicting specific technological advances is probably a fool’s errand – but I was happy to offer my best guess for the broader themes. Here’s what I...