Effective Government Communication During Covid19: What Governments Can Learn from Diplomats

A recent article in Nature, titled "Toward effective government communication strategies in the era of COVID-19", outlines communications policies that may help governments face the Covid-19 pandemic. The authors layout 9 guiding principles for "effective" government communication, including clarity, honesty and empathy. It is interesting that most of these principles are relevant to digital diplomacy,... Continue Reading →

Monday’s Must Read List

Each week, I publish a list of interesting articles, essays and reports that may be of interest to the digital diplomacy community. This week- Privacy fears as Moscow metro rolls out facial recognition pay system (The Guardian)Danish White Paper: Towards a better social contract with big tech (Danish MFA)Facebook Uses Deceptive Math to Hide Its... Continue Reading →

Monday’s Must Read List

Each week, I publish a list of interesting articles, essays and reports that may be of interest to the digital diplomacy community. This week- DOD awards $1B contract to Peraton to counter misinformation (FedScoop)Russian Hypersonic Technology Expert Accused of High Treason (Militray.com)CCTV watchdog criticises Hikvision Uyghur response (BBC News)The UN climate report pins hopes on... Continue Reading →

Is it time for a terminology shift in digital diplomacy?

The digitalization of diplomacy has been closely associated with the practice of public diplomacy. Indeed, early adopters sought to leverage digital tools such as social media, blog sites and virtual worlds to foster ties with foreign populations. Public diplomacy underscored the digitalization of the US State Department that sought to engage with critical Muslim audiences... Continue Reading →

Russia and India- Strategic Allies?

Although booted out of office, Tony Blair remains an astute observer of international affairs. In a recent statement, Blair argued that the 21st century will be governed by three giants: China, thanks to its military and financial power, and the US thanks to its financial prowess and mass investments in defense. The third giant has... Continue Reading →

Monday’s Must Read List

Each week, I publish a list of interesting articles, essays and reports that may be of interest to the digital diplomacy community. This week- Drones deliver blood to prevent maternal death in Botswana (Un News)France’s plan to rein in Big Tech (Politico)Voters already love technology. They don’t need anti-China messaging to get there (Vox)AI is... Continue Reading →

Covid’s Diplomatic Legacy

Last month, ‘The Economist’ magazine published an extensive article examining Covid’s impact on the practice of diplomacy. According to the article, the Coronavirus has led to the accelerated digitalization of diplomacy. Once the United Nations Headquarters shut its doors, and as diplomats all over the world found themselves quarantined at home, diplomacy migrated to digital... Continue Reading →

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