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Digital diplomacy: how New Zealand can better sell itself

acebook and Twitter could be useful tools in supporting a new kind of digital diplomacy to reach out to citizens, companies, global audience, and others. “New Zealand has long favoured the benefits of modest and moderate collaboration…and being sceptical of megaphone … “New Zealand has long favoured the benefits of modest and moderate collaboration…and being sceptical...

Shutdown и цифровая дипломатия

Твиттер-аккаунты Госдепартамента сообщают, что не будут обновляться регулярно В пятницу американские конгрессмены не смогли договориться о параметрах бюджета, и почти три дня федеральное правительство было закрыто. Некоторые американские посольства (например, в Бельгии) написали в соцсетях, что не будут обновлять свои страница, пока правительство закрыто. «Неужели им так сложно обновлять Фейсбук?» — спросите вы. Дело в том, что правительство...

U.S. sends diplomats into info battles unarmed, experts say

In the fight against Russian misinformation campaigns, U.S. diplomats are hamstrung by outdated laws and rules, and they are technologically ill-equipped for battle, a State Department advisory panel was told Tuesday.

“We’re sending our [information] soldiers into battle without weapons, essentially … It’s simply unacceptable,” former senior State Department official Tom Cochran told the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, which published a report on the future of U.S. efforts abroad to combat technologically and hacking-enabled information operations like the one against the 2016 presidential election.

Copies of “Can Public Diplomacy Survive the Internet? – Bots, Echo Chambers and Disinformation,” were distributed at the meeting and digitally afterwards, but the report was still unavailable on the State Department website as of early Tuesday evening.

“There’s a lot that we should be able to do [with technology] … in a very white hat kind of way that we can’t … because we’..

Public Diplomacy for the 21st Century

How to Talk with Russia Vasily Gatov Americans once knew how to effectively communicate with Russian audiences, and they in turn wanted to engage with Western voices. What went wrong, and how can we fix it? On January 1, 1986, millions of Soviet citizens turned on their TV sets to be addressed by their greatest enemy....

Federal Regulation of Social Media Would Be a Disaster For Free Speech

This article was originally published on The Conversation here. Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Friday charged 13 Russians with meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Russians’ primary tool for meddling was social media, which they used to promote Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy and denigrate Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The indictment charges that the Russians violated U.S....

All-star line-up for Emirates Diplomatic Academy event

ABU DHABI: Emirates Diplomatic Academy (EDA) has launched the next phase of its ambitious programme on “Preparing for 21st Century Diplomacy”. The course, now in its second year, is designed to develop outstanding UAE future diplomats. It includes an impressive line-up of guest speakers, including Noura Bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge...

Reshaping Diplomacy for the Digital World

We live in an era of mind-bogglingly easy global connectivity the likes of which has never before been experienced. Thanks to information and communication technologies (ICTs) such as the internet and social media, state leaders and non-state actors are now able to connect with each other, with their citizens, and with people from other countries in...

The End of Twitter Diplomacy?

Within the first few days of 2018, Donald Trump had appeared to threaten Kim Jong Un with nuclear war, take credit for 2017 being the safest year in commercial aviation worldwide, and reassured his 46.3 million followers that he was a “very stable genius”. Since beginning his run for President, Trump’s late night social media escapades...