April 2, 2013 Dmitriy Romendik, special to RBTH Having a blog is a modern trend in Russia’s politics. Yet sometimes it results in high-profile scandals. Some Russian politicians know that social networks are a high-risk zone. Pictured (L-R): President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev at the volleyball matchREAD MORE
The theme of the 2015 Expo is food. The U.S. needs a culinary diplomacy plan that is both inclusive and exclusive. Next year will bring Expo 2015, which is set to take place in Milan, Italy with the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.” It is an important and timely topic around which toREAD MORE
A project team in GDS is working to make sure GOV.UK can meet the needs of all its users, including specialists and professionals, when it becomes a fully-realised “single domain for government” later this year. Neil Williams, who leads the project, explains what they’re up to. GOV.UK is GDS’s best-known product and biggest success story,READ MORE
Funding for 11 community-based projects that extend the Internet’s reach [Washington, D.C., and Geneva, Switzerland] – The Internet Society is pleased to announce that it has awarded grants to 11 community-based initiatives that advance Internet access, leadership, education, and development. Internet Society Community Grants are awarded twice each year to Chapters and Internet Society membersREAD MORE
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Katarzyna Rybka-Iwańska Head, Political and Economic Section, Embassy of Poland in Israel There are diplomatic activities that require openmindedness more than anything else. Yesterday, together with fellow diplomats from several EU countries, I took part in a special tour to the Naqab (Negev) during which we had a chance to visit a Bedouin unrecognized village and a recognized township where we discussed various ideas concerning Bedouin l women empowerment and engagement into local businesses, activism and politics. The Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Equality and Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, funded by the European Union, organized the tour.READ MORE
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People Can Say ‘No’: The Rising influence of Chinese Social Media
It is worth noting that with the wider use of internet and social media, the social media and its users obtain stronger influence in China, both domestically and internationally. The Chinese social media users, especially the young generation who are born after the 1980s, are more in favor of expressing themselves and their ideas online publicly. Even though there are online speech regulation and strict limitations of accessing Western social media and internet, the Chinese social media users still demonstrate impressive power on many issues. Domestically speaking, the Chinese social media users have launched more thousands of anti-corruption campaigns online and deeply changed Chinese political environment, now even the Chinese government itself relies on information provided online to inspect bribed government officers. While from an international aspect, events like “March ..
Associate professor Emily Metzgar (Maggie Richards | The Media School)
A paper by associate professor Emily Metzgar published by the USC Center on Public diplomacy [JB emphasis] analyzes the United States’ seven-decade history of government-sponsored international broadcasting.“Seventy Years of the Smith-Mundt Act and U.S. International Broadcasting: Back to the Future?” finds that while the federal government has remained consistent in its stated desire to use international broadcasting to promote values of democracy and freedom of information ever since its activities began with the 1948 Smith-Mundt Act, views on how to manage the broadcasters and work within a changing international system have evolved over time.Metzgar writes that the analysis is relevant to today’s political environment, including debates on the efficacy of government broadcasting and worries about the potential for domestic audiences to be targeted with state-sponsored messages.Metzgar, a ..
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Corneliu Bjola | Head of the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group
(#DigDiploROx) | @CBjola
The ‘dark side’ of digital diplomacy, that is, the strategic use of digital technologies as tools to counter disinformation and propaganda by governments and non-state actors has exploded in the recent years thus putting the global order at risk.
The ‘dark side’ of digital diplomacy, that is, the strategic use of digital technologies as tools to counter disinformation and propaganda by governments and non-state actors has exploded in the recent years thus putting the global order at risk. Governments are stepping up their law enforcement efforts and digital counterstrategies to protect themselves against disinformation, but for resource-strapped diplomatic institutions, this remains a major problem. This paper outlines five tactics that, if applied consistently and with a strategic compass in mind, could help MFAs and..