Belgrade Initiative 4 Digital Public Diplomacy Blog

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...

UAE making great strides in digital diplomacy: Noura

ABU DHABI: The technological advancements the world is witnessing at present have significantly contributed to the changing character of war, Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, said in her speech at the Ministry of Defence organised ‘The Leaders Conference: War in the 21st Century’ event, which opened in Abu Dhabi on...

Internet Freedom in Africa: Where are We Now?

A Recap of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa #FIFAfrica17 Attending my first event on Internet Freedom in Africa was an eye-opening experience. Not just to the amazing community fighting to keep the internet on, open, fair and accessible, but also to the increasingly repressive laws around digital rights and online freedom of expression. I’ve...

Opening up: Maximising open data’s impact is about incentives and rethinking the boundary of the…

Government is making more and more of its data accessible as open data. Over 30,000 datasets have been made available. It’s great that more public data is being opened up. We, as taxpayers who have paid for its creation, should be able to obtain it in accessible form, and important things are being done with it.[1]...

Satellite Remote Sensing and Diplomatic Crisis Management

According to the Online Index of Objects Launched into Outer Space maintained by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), there are about 4,612 satellites currently orbiting the planet, although only one-third of them are estimated to be fully operational. Approximately half of the satellites are controlled by government and military users, while the...