Category: Digital Diplomacy

The FCC’s plan to revoke net neutrality is at odds with U.S. and European values.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its plans to revoke net neutrality — a series of policies that require Internet service providers (ISP) to treat all Internet traffic equally. Without those policies, an ISP like­ Comcast, Verizon, or ATT will be able to charge consumers more for access to certain websites and charge websites for...

Welcome to the era of tech diplomacy

Welcome to the era of tech diplomacy

Denmark and France eye a new generation of Diplomacy 3.0 ambassadors! Who’s next? Earlier this month, WIRED featured Casper Klynge, Denmark’s new ambassador to the tech industry, possibly the world’s first-ever envoy to Silicon Valley and technology companies. Explaining the novelty, Chris Stokel-Walker of Wired writes: “What’s different is who he’s lobbying” — as opposed as another country, like...

Digital Diplomacy 3.0: Personalized Diplomacy

From Digital Diplomacy 1.0 to Digital Diplomacy 2.0 When foreign ministries first migrated online, they viewed social media platforms as mass media channels. Much like the radio and television, Twitter and Facebook could be used to disseminate messages among millions of users. The conceptualization of social media as mass media was, in part, the result of...

Digital Diplomacy — A Framework (Part 1)

Speaking last month at the Valdai international conference, Vladimir Putin stated that “it is obvious that new information technologies have made the information space as precious as land was in the age of Columbus. Interference in others’ information space is now viewed as a major threat to national security.” No one says it better than Putin — from...

The Personalization of Digital Diplomacy

In the early days of digital diplomacy, MFAs and diplomats viewed social media as linear communication tools. Diplomats believed that they could use social media to craft a message and directly disseminate it among online publics. Thus, social media was no different from other mass media such as the radio and television. Yet as the practice...

Do Western Balkans states engage in digital diplomacy?

Social media is fundamentally changing the way people communicate with each other, but also the way governments engage with citizens.  It has changed the way that public diplomacies around the world communicate and inform citizens about their activities. Bearing in mind all benefits from usage of internet and social media, governments have a new possibility to...

Evolution of Korea’s Public Diplomacy

Prior to the announced discussion with South Korea’s Ambassador for Public Diplomacy (PD) Enna Park at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, it is worth making a brief analysis of the Republic of Korea, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)’s Diplomatic White Paper, which distinguishes public diplomacy (PD) approaches. The English language version of the White Paper,...

Blocking Out the Noise

Can curated news websites help us to better understand current events? By Emma Gilpin Sometimes it can seem as though we have too much choice when it comes to news sources In the modern era of the Internet and “Fake News”, we are living with a wealth of information at our fingertips. However, it’s no secret that this...