Whose Data Is It Anyway?

Several months ago, Israel’s National Institute for Health Policy held an international workshop on the ethical dimensions of using big data in the formulation of public health policy. Israel, which offers its citizens universal healthcare, has four main healthcare providers. The digitalization of health services among all providers has created a vast big data database…

The 2018 Social Network of MFAs

Introduction In May of 2014, I published my analysis of the social network of world foreign ministries (MFAs) on Twitter. My assumption was that MFAs would actively follow one another online in order to gather relevant information. For instance, by following other ministries an MFA may be able to identify policy changes in certain countries,…

America’s Selfie in the Age of Trump

Note: This post first appeared on the Global Policy website For over a decade the State Department has relied on social media sites to counter extremist narratives, engage in conversation with foreign publics and shape the global diplomatic agenda. Importantly, the State Department also uses social media to manage America’s global image. The need to…

Can Digital Diplomacy Really Start A War?

On August 13th, 2017, Nick Miller published an article in The Sydney Morning Herald titled “Getting it wrong could start a war: Welcome to age of digital diplomacy“. The article, which attracted much media and social media attention, proposed that digital diplomacy could actually facilitate war between states. Similar sentiments have been expressed in recent…

Can #DigitalDiplomacy Be Subtle?

Winston Churchill famously stated that “Diplomacy is the art of telling someone to go to hell in a way that he actually looks forward to the journey”. Yet diplomacy is also a subtle art. A diplomat must always decide on a message and the intensity of his message. High intensity messages are meant to be…