We have asked several foreign ministries to answer some questions about their #DigitalDiplomacy. Here’s a guest post from the Foreign Ministry of Brazil. Which is/are your preferred social media channel(s) and why? In recent years, Brazil´s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been diversifying its online presence both through the launching of new profiles on social
Despite the United States’ long history of innovation in the field of communications technologies, the State Department’s emergence as the world’s leading user of ediplomacy was not a natural consequence of this. A 2001 book by Wilson Dizard Jr., Digital Diplomacy: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Information Age, tracks a long history of reluctant adaptation
Public diplomacy is a key pillar of a country’s foreign policy toolkit. In a world where non-state actors – foreign publics, media, NGOs, civil society organizations and multinational corporations — are increasingly important, soft power initiatives — outreach activities directed at foreign nations to enhance a country’s international reputation — are increasingly prominent in the
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Nuclear Councellor, British Embassy Tokyo
21st May 2020 Japan
A Flood of (un)Kindness #KindnessMattersIt was the summer of 2007, and Gloucestershire had just experienced the worst floods in living memory.
In an ironic twist, the major impact on the area was a water shortage. The floods had overwhelmed the pumping station at the reservoir in Tewkesbury, and the water supply to hundreds of thousands of people in the surrounding towns had been cut off. It wasn’t restored for a full three weeks. The local authorities did an amazing job, supplying bottled water for drinking, and household water supplies were provided through ‘bowsers’, large plastic tanks, which looked a little like mini petrol tankers, parked in various places throughout the town.
My area was serviced by a large orange bowser. You can actually see it here on YouTube. I recorded it being filled on my “flip phone” in the early days of phones being able to record video, it is appalling quali..
Sarah Wolfson, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Jan 29, 2019Image from article, with caption: Austin Maddox, a M.S. journalism graduate student and a fellow in the USC Center for Public Diplomacy (CPD) attended the first major soft power conference in New Delhi, India. Photo courtesy of: Austin Maddox.
“How do students, who are bombarded with information and always on their phones, remain present and mindful?” Austin Maddox asked.
The USC Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) fellow posed that question to Gopi Kallayil, Google’s chief evangelist of brand marketing at the Conference on Soft Power, a three-day event hosted by the India Foundation in New Delhi, India. Kallayil is known for blending technology with spirituality and mindfulness, including establishing a yoga program for Google employees.
“Technology can either be used as a tool for great benefit or it can be a weapon of mass distraction,” Kallayil replied. “The choice is up to us as human beings; we have t..