Each week, I publish a list of interesting articles, essays and reports that may be of interest to the digital diplomacy community. This week –
Two-thirds of Ultra-Orthodox Israelis are online, COVID driving them to tech training (Times of Israel)How Russia tries to censor Western social media (BBC News)The worst technology of 2021 (MIT Technology Review)India antitrust watchdog orders investigation into Apple’s business practices (TechCrunch)A program for cheaper internet for low-income Americans launches today (The Verge)How “Digital Twins” Are Transforming Manufacturing (Time Magazine)2022 will be the biggest year for the metaverse so far (CNBC)5 predictions for bitcoin, NFTs and the future of money (Cnet)Why our values should drive our technology choices (NATO Review)
Some light reading- The Hollow Crown, by Dan Jones
Eyes and Ears on Canada's Cultural Diplomacy
Nov 21, 2018
Eric Fillion is a PhD candidate at Concordia University in Canada studying the history of Canadian cultural diplomacy at both the governmental and individual levels.
In his research, he traces the origins of Canada's cultural diplomacy and analyzes the contributions of government officials, artists and audiences.
"I [use] sources that diplomatic historians tend to overlook," shares Fillion on how he goes about his research. "The correspondence of composers, sound recordings, music programs, concert reviews. What I like about this material is that it invites new questions regarding the connection between our foreign policy and our national identity politics."
The following video is an introduction to Fillion's work. You can find the original video on Concordia University's YouTube page here.
ERIC FILLION: Tracing the origins of Canada’s cultural diplomacy
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