SHARE, an organisation based in Belgrade, are investigating Huawei’s dealings with the Serbian government. In this case study, they explain what obstacles they faced and how they used public action to overcome them. Key findings A thousand Huawei facial recognition cameras are being rolled out in Belgrade. The Ministry of Interior has refused toREAD MORE
Ministry of Foreign Affairs should set up the dedicated office of e-diplomacy to solve the foreign policy problems by using the internet. The outbreak of COVID-19 has badly hit diplomacy. Several international diplomatic conclaves, conferences, and high-level diplomatic trips are on pause. Diplomats are being asked to stay at home. Meeting rooms in the ForeignREAD MORE
Director of the British Foreign Policy Group, Sophia Gaston, wrote for the Telegraph, arguing that Coronavirus should not stop us defining and championing Global Britain.
In the piece, Sophia argues:
“There have been many policy casualties of the coronavirus pandemic, but one of the most significant shifts in the UK Government’s focus has been the postponement of the Integrated Review of our Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.
The Review had finally swung into motion and was hurtling ahead at break-neck speed, the government mindful that international goodwill towards the Global Britain project could not be sustained indefinitely on a handful of aspirational speeches.
In the four years since the referendum on our membership of the European Union, Britain’s foreign policy has existed largely in..READ MORE
A state-backed chatbot is providing coronavirus information across Estonian government websites to help keep the public informed during the crisis. The coronavirus chatbot, dubbed Suve, answers questions about pandemic such as “what are the travel restrictions” or “can I test for coronavirus”. Suve then gives a short answer and provides links to government sources withREAD MORE
Strident digital, surveillance and diplomatic policies are being written in the heat of a disaster — not through deliberation or agreement, but through escalating protectionist declarations The outbreak of COVID-19 in China’s Hubei province has been called a lot of things: a public health emergency of international concern, an “infodemic” and an era-defining test ofREAD MORE
The websites of several government agencies now have Suve, an automated chatbot which provides answers to frequently asked questions about the emergency situation and the coronavirus. The chatbot provides answers to questions in Estonian and English and uses information from the official sources of government agencies. According to Marten Kaevats, Adviser of the Strategy UnitREAD MORE