The Federal Election Commission is debating a proposal to let political candidates and campaign committees accept bitcoins as contributions, in the same way computer equipment or shares of stock are sometimes given as donations, the Washington Post reports today. The FEC panel appeared to be leaning toward sanctioning them — says the paper — asREAD MORE
Twitter Media has published an interesting guide with best practices, resources, and success stories on how to use Twitter in government, diplomacy, and foreign policy. Title “Twitter for Government,” the guide features ideas on how to engage followers, promote content, nurturing a conversation, use Twitter for live chats, and much more. It also offers aREAD MORE
The result is a success for all @DigitalKosovo partners, including @NorwayMFA @foreignoffice and @ksBritish. here is the article by the New york Times on Kosovo’s #digitaldiplomacy strategy and the recent successes: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/13/world/europe/kosovo-seeking-recognition-follows-the-crowd-to-facebook-social-media.html?_r=0 Please follow and like us:READ MORE
On Wednesday, We Are Social Singapore released its 2014 Social, Digital & Mobile Around The World report, which offers key statistics, data and behavioural indicators for social, digital and mobile channels around the world. There are currently 2.4+ billion Internet users (35% of the world’s population), among whom 1.8+ billion are active. The most connectedREAD MORE
Mahsa Rouhi and Esfandyar Batmanghelidj, iiss.org; original article contains links
Image from Wikipedia, with caption: Officials announcing the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] agreementExcerpt:
What does Zarif's resignation mean for Iranian diplomacy? With the erosion of a unipolar world Iran has the chance to shift its foreign policy, whilst continuing to comply with the JCPOA [JB see] and maintain broad diplomatic engagement.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif announced his resignation in a late-night Instagram post, sending shockwaves through political circles in Iran and abroad. Just ten days earlier, Javad Zarif’s fiery performance at the Munich Security Conference had won him praise across the political spectrum in Iran. At a time when public support for the JCPOA among Iranians has slipped to just 51%, Zarif’s strong message struck a chord with the Iranian public, who flooded social media with clips of him defending Iran’s missile program and refu..
Carolyn Kenney, Max Bergmann, and James Lamond, americanprogress.org
Image from article, with caption: A motorcade car adorned with Chinese and Russian flags awaits Chinese President Xi Jinping's arrival at Vladivostok International Airport, Russia, on September 11, 2018.
In an effort to develop legal and policy solutions to this threat, different democracies around the world are trying to establish frameworks for distinguishing types of influence activities that are acceptable from those that are not. For the purposes of this issue brief, the authors adopt the framework provided by former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in his speech on countering foreign threats, focusing primarily on influence activities carried out or supported by foreign governments that are “covert, coercive or corrupt.”4 As such, this brief does not focus on legitimate, benign forms of foreign government influence, such as public diplomacy [JB emphasis] and exchange programs, but rather ..