NEW DELHI: As social media has emerged as a key communications tool, the External Affairs Ministry has come on the top among various ministries and government departments in terms of its presence on digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+. On the micro-blogging site Twitter, Indian Diplomacy with its @IndianDiplomacy handle (the official accountRead more
The country of France is literally filled with medieval cities, alpine villages, and glorious beaches. Vineyards and wines make it world famous, as do the many classical museums and monuments. Ancient caves with prehistoric drawings, theatres and palaces, art galleries and eclectic villages – there is something for everyone in this amazing country! 1. TheRead more
Federal aid agency wanted to ‘renegotiate the balance of power between state and society’ in Havana By Amar Toor on April 3, 2014 04:59 am Email @amartoo 105Comments 18 inShare The US government covertly created a Twitter-like text messaging service aimed at fueling political unrest in Cuba and evading the communist nation’s strict internet filters,Read more
Soumya Bhowmick, orfonline.org
According to a report, ‘The Soft Power 30’ (2018) by Portland, Facebook and USC Centre for Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis], a soft power index was devised for various nations based on six major verticals of Education, Government, Culture, Digital, Engagement and Enterprise. Neither does India and China feature in the top performers for such indices nor does it show any significant improvement in rankings over the years. This calls for a collaborative structural transformation for developing and using soft power in both the nations. Such an agenda can be fueled by the fact that the recent propaganda of core social values in China such as prosperity, democracy, civility, harmony, etc. are very dear to the people of India and further interactions will foster societal and economic convergence. ..
By Benjamin Dynkin and Barry Dynkin, law.com/newyorklawjournal; see also (1)
Photo: Christian Schwier/FotoliaIn a recent poll of cybersecurity experts, when asked if “state election systems [are] sufficiently protected against cyberthreats,” 95 percent responded no. Given the seriousness of the threat, and its ability to impact the future of the United States it is worth examining what other options there are in the United States’ playbook for dealing with election interference and hacking, specifically, the scope of responses permitted under international law to deter and respond to these types of attacks. …The question of whether or not an electoral interference campaign that does not directly impact vote totals or the functionality of electoral systems can reach the necessary threshold of coercivity is both complicated and unsettled. Many theories of how such a campaign could potentially violate international law have been proposed, from the notion that the erosion of democratic l..