From ‘ghost users’ to ‘cyborg bots’, a BIRN investigation shows how nationalists in North Macedonia, Greece and beyond are unleashing automated armies on social media to rally the masses. This article is also available in: Shqip Bulgarian Greek Macedonian Romanian Bos/Hrv/Srp As the sun dipped over the rooftops of the North Macedonia town of BitolaREAD MORE
In the absence of access to privileged diplomatic channels, rebel groups engage in more public relations with foreign elites, international organizations and civil society groups. Digital tools, like social media, have given the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other terrorist organizations a much louder voice, and there is little doubt that theyREAD MORE
Both positive and negative technological developments are jolting the world at “unprecedented speed”, the UN chief said on Thursday, underscoring the need to “maximize the benefits…whilst mitigating harms”. “New technologies, and particularly digital technologies, are already having a major impact on the world, affecting all our work on international peace and security, sustainable development andREAD MORE
The concept of cyber diplomacy is often associated with digital diplomacy, electronic diplomacy or computer diplomacy. Overlapping use of these concepts raises confusion over the relationship between diplomacy and the digital world. Digital (Electronic or Computer) Diplomacy Digital (Electronic or Computer) Diplomacy refers to the use of digital tools and techniques to advance diplomatic goals.READ MORE
Skip to content Chris Trott
UK Ambassador to South Sudan
Part of UK in South Sudan
14th January 2020 Juba, South Sudan
Twenty wishes for 2020At the start of the year I have been discussing with my team @UkinSouthSudan what we would like to see happen this year. While this list is by no means exhaustive, and we may be overly optimistic if we think we will see it all come true, I hope at least some of the following 20 wishes for 2020 will become a reality this year.
Cessation of hostilities holdsHumanitarian situation improves with greater security and access granted to allow all those in need to receive life-saving supportAid workers are no longer targetedFighting with non-signatories to the peace agreement stops, and the parties convince them to join the process by making genuine progressThe formation of a single national army allows the security sector to provide genuine security for all South Sudanese rather than serving the objectives of a single party to the agreementResolution of..
Skip to content Leigh Turner
Ambassador to Austria and UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna
Part of UK in Austria
14th January 2020 Vienna, Austria
New video: an update for UK nationals in Austria
Where are we with Brexit? The Withdrawal Agreement Bill is working its way through Parliament in London. Once confirmed in the UK, it has to be agreed by the European Parliament. The UK will then leave the European Union, with a deal, on 31st January at 11pm UK time.
At this point, we will enter a “transition period” or “implementation period” until 31st December 2020, during which the UK and EU will negotiate our future relationship. You may still hear talk about a possible “no deal” during this time, but this refers mainly to our future relationship in areas such as trade, and not your right to live in Austria.
So, what does this mean for UK nationals living in Austria now, and what action do you have to take?