As part of the activities of the Global Public Diplomacy Network conference hosted by Katara, a workshop for youth on social media was organised yesterday, in which a group of specialists, heads of companies and international experts in the information technology and modern media sector participated.
A group of Qatar University students and young activists in social media from eight member countries of the Public Diplomacy Network also participated in the workshop.
In its six sessions, the workshop discussed a number of important topics and issues related to public diplomacy, digital diplomacy, and its relationship to the field of electronic security, cyber crime, and the impact of social media on individuals and societies.
The workshop witnessed brainstorming sessions in which students and young activists participated, during which proposals were presented on the creation and application of social media as tools for guiding youth and platforms for science and knowledge purposes, spreading awareness, exchanging ideas and opinions, and their importance in cultural construction.
The participants also discussed the responsibility of the Network in disseminating information and how to ensure its validity, circulation and broadcast in the targeted communities.
The workshop highlighted the reality of social media in each of the member states, and through every modern means such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp, carefully analysed and clarified the position of each member state in each of these applications.
In addition to its approach, responsibilities and rights in the field of social media, explaining the tasks of communication in public diplomacy, discussing the importance of social media within societies in today’s world and how to influence the members of the Network were also discussed in the workshop.
Eng. Darwish Ahmed Al Shebani, Secretary General of the Public Diplomacy Network, said that the workshop represents an opportunity for offering suggestions and ideas on how to use an effective mechanism that is characterised by creativity, explaining that it aims to attract young people involved in the field of social networking during the past 15 years.
Al Shebani pointed out that the website of the Public Diplomacy Network was developed in a way that enables users from member countries to interact and benefit from the content, noting that the site is distinguished by a new mechanism that contributes to motivating member countries towards creating new ideas and projects that contribute to raising the level of cultural activities. Al Shebani pointed out that the site will be available in English.
It is noteworthy that the portal of the Network contains a special section for the publications of cultural institutions and associations in member states, in addition to information related to all cultural and artistic activities that set by the competent institutions and associations in each of the member states. The information includes detailed explanation the cultural programs, their dates and places and parties involved and how to contact those who are in charge of them.