• Getting Big Tech to play fair: Denmark’s Casper Klynge

    Getting Big Tech to play fair: Denmark’s Casper Klynge0

    In an ideal market economy, there are lots of companies of roughly the same size who compete against each other. Consumers benefit from choice and lower prices. In today’s digital economy, however, there are a small number of extremely powerful tech companies, and evidence that competition is not what it should be. Casper Klynge, Denmark’s

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  • Digitale Diplomatie: Europäisches Netzwerk startet

    Digitale Diplomatie: Europäisches Netzwerk startet0

    Weil inzwischen viele europäische Staaten Diplomaten damit beauftragten, die digitale Transformation auch außenpolitisch zu gestalten, soll auf europäischer Ebene jetzt ein Netzwerk eingesetzt werden. Seit 2018 hat Deutschland einen Digitalbotschafter im Auswärtigen Amt. Er soll Deutschlands Interessen in den Digital-Hubs der Welt vertreten, die digitale Transformation im Auswärtigen Amt selbst vorantreiben und Deutschland in wichtigen

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  • Public Diplomacy Conference holds workshop on social media

    Public Diplomacy Conference holds workshop on social media0

    As part of the activities of the Global Public Diplomacy Network conference hosted by Katara, a workshop for youth on social media was organised yesterday, in which a group of specialists, heads of companies and international experts in the information technology and modern media sector participated. A group of Qatar University students and young activists

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  • The Ethical Limitations of Digital Diplomacy: When MFAs Use Your Data

    The Ethical Limitations of Digital Diplomacy: When MFAs Use Your Data0

    On January 17th, 2020, the US State Department official launched a Center for Analytics (CfA). According to the State Department website, the center will

    This unique asset helps U.S. diplomats use analytics to addresses key challenges, such as prioritizing issues for diplomatic engagement and aligning Department resources with U.S. foreign policy priorities… As directed by the President’s Management Agenda, the future of U.S. foreign policy hinges on intelligently leveraging data as a strategic asset. Launching CfA is the first step in the Department’s pursuit of becoming a federal leader in data management and analytics, as well as a global leader in applying data analytics to evaluate and refine foreign policy

    The State Department is by no means the only MFA looking to harness data analytics. Over the past two years, several MFAs have established data units. For instance, the British FCO now operates a big data unit tasked with identifying and neutralizing fake social media account..

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  • From Digital Diplomacy to Data Diplomacy

    From Digital Diplomacy to Data Diplomacy0

    The digital revolution arrived late at the heart of ministries of foreign affairs across the Western world. Ministries latched on to social media around the time of Tahrir Square and Iran’s 2009 Green Revolution, beguiled by a vision of the technology engendering a networked evolution toward more liberal societies.

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  • China gives a nod to ‘Twiplomacy,’ MOFA launches Twitter account

    China gives a nod to ‘Twiplomacy,’ MOFA launches Twitter account0

    Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang addresses a press conference, Beijing, China, January 13, 2020. /Photo via China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs In an era when Twitter diplomacy has become ubiquitous to global affairs with the U.S. President Donald Trump being one of the foremost proponents of “Twiplomacy,” China has finally chosen to use the

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