Category: “Classic ” Diplomacy

Russian operatives celebrate Trump’s birthday with new fake news site

A new propaganda website linked to Russia’s troll factory has rolled out just in time for Trump’s birthday — and they’re inviting Americans to the White House to celebrate. Russian operatives associated with the notorious St. Petersburg-based troll factory known as the Internet Research Agency (IRA) have rolled out a new fake news website just in...

You can now step on board Communist leader Tito’s famous Blue Train in Belgrade

From Queen Elizabeth II to Playboy magazine, no one could resist Tito’s famous Blue Train that nowadays can be visited in Belgrade, or even rented for a trip laden with history. The coat of arms of the Socialistic Federative Republic of Yugoslavia on the side of the “The Blue Train” carriage. Image by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images Decades...

What diplomats can learn from journalists

As the media landscape continues to evolve, the U.S. State Department should consider adapting its public diplomacy strategy. As an international relations major at USC, I’ve learned a lot about public diplomacy, which, for the uninitiated, is when countries try to influence overseas audiences to advance their national interests. As a millennial, I look at how...

Digital Diplomacy: are we the champions?

Last year, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs brought together an interesting bunch of people from around the world, and me, to discuss digital diplomacy.  I found myself speaking second on a panel.  The first speaker announced the publication of the Digital Diplomacy Review 2016, ranking foreign ministries around the world.  The United Kingdom was top. It...

Digital Diplomacy in the Age of Political Extremity

Introduction Over the past year, a growing number of scholars, diplomats and journalists have reflected on the growing importance of algorithms to the conduct of diplomacy. Some MFAs now employ algorithms to analyze online discourse in foreign countries in an attempt to anticipate civil unrest. Likewise, algorithms are used to identify relevant audiences for public diplomacy...

Loši zakoni su zarazni: Demistifikacija novih zakona koji se odnose na informacione tehnologije Ujedinjenih Arapskih Emirata

Građevinski radnici u Dubaiu, 2008. Fotografisao Paul Keller preko Wikimedia (CC BY 2.0) Gostujući autor ovog posta je Amin Jobran, zaposlen kao regionalni spoljni menadžer MENA internet istraživačke grupe za cenzuru ASL19. Federalna vlada Ujedinjenih Arapskih Emirata uskoro će usvojiti amandman koji bi mogao da kazni korišćenje VPN i drugih alata za izbegavanje cenzure. Prekršioci bi...

Direktor FBI: prekrijte svoje web kamere

Da li prekrivate lepljivom trakom ili nečim drugim web kameru laptopa? Direktor kompanije Facebook Mark Zakerberg i direktor američkog FBI Džejms Komi to rade, trebalo bi da sledite njihov primer.Prekrivanje web kamere laptopa lepljivom trakom ili nalepnicom je jeftin i dobar način da se zaštitite od hakera koji žele da uđu u vaš život preko vaših...

Text-To-Speech And Beno Zephine – The First Blind IFS Officer

Beno Zephine has been blind since birth, but she refused to let her disability get in the way of accomplishing her dreams. Her dream was to become part of the Indian Administrative Service cadre. This means that she had to pass the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination. It is the toughest examination in India with...

International Research Collaborations

Scientists Speak about Leveraging Science for Diplomacy Science has long connected researchers across boundaries—geographic and otherwise—through a shared search for answers. From the appointment of a foreign secretary of the Royal Society of London in 1723, to the U.S.-Japan Committee on Scientific Cooperation set up by President John F. Kennedy and Prime Minister Hayato Ikeda in...

Opening a window in the smoke-filled room: Twitter and the #nextSG

Six years ago to the day, I signed into Twitter for the first time. At the time I was studying for exams and though I had a budding interest in the United Nations (UN), the concept of diplomacy was frankly pretty alien. Little did I know, about a half decade later, I would sit at the...