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Digital Diplomacy: Russian and Ukrainian Cartographers Find Common Ground On OpenStreetMap

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, April 2 2014

Screenshot of the contentious bit of land as seen in OpenStreetMap 4/2/14

Russia “officially” annexed Crimea from Ukraine on March 21, but is Crimea really Russian now? That depends, in part, on whose map you look at. Crowdsourced sites, like Wikipedia and OpenStreetMap, have struggled alongside geography establishments to come to a consensus, even if that consensus is, for now, to do nothing.

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No, Social Media Will Not Solve Syria's "Social Media Civil War"

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, January 22 2014

YouTube videos of the Syrian war

The Syrian peace talks got off to a rough start Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland, with the New York Times reporting “sharp divisions” between the Syrian factions, as well as Russia and the United States, causing friction early on in the proceedings. So far, it does not appear as though social media will somehow interfere to save the day.

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After "Recognizing" Kosovo, Facebook Denies Political Agency

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, November 26 2013

Until 2008 Kosovo didn't have its own flag. Now it also has Facebook status. (matt.lutton/flickr)

After Facebook finally listed Kosovo as its own country, rather than lumping it together with Serbia, from which it declared independence more than five years ago, the Kosovo Minister of European Integration, Vlora Citaku, tweeted that Facebook “recognizes” Kosovo as a state, and tagged her comment #digitaldiplomacy. When Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reached out to Facebook for comment, however, the company was quick to distance itself from any political agency that it might be ascribed.

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It's Not New, But "Twiplomacy" Is Increasingly Refined

BY Jessica McKenzie | Friday, October 11 2013

"Real-time fire hose" (Wikipedia)

Oh, the things you can read on “that real-time fire hose of public opinion known as Twitter,” as the New York Times so aptly called it.

During the United Nations General Assembly meeting that took place in the last few weeks, it was the place to go for progress reports on negotiations over Syria's arsenal of chemical weapons. It was also where the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, announced his “historic” phone call with Barack Obama, the first exchange of its kind between the United States and Iran in more than 30 years.

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Examining eDiplomacy: Like it or Not, It is Essential and Here to Stay

BY Lisa Goldman | Tuesday, October 30 2012

Secretary Clinton, State Dept Flickr stream

A new paper from the Brookings Institute examines the reach and effectiveness of eDiplomacy. Read More

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The Rough and Tumble of Digital Diplomacy, For Better or Worse

BY Lisa Goldman | Thursday, October 25 2012

Screenshot from the the State Department's blog

Digital diplomacy is a bit of a buzzword these days. It is practiced widely, both formally and informally, by governments across the globe — the United Kingdom has a particularly extensive site. Brian Fung of the Atlantic explores the impact of direct engagement via social media in an article for the Atlantic: Digital Diplomacy: Why It's So Tough for Embassies to Get Social Media Right. Read More

New Report Gives a Behind-The-Scenes Look at State's "Digital Diplomacy"

BY Nick Judd | Friday, March 30 2012

A new report from the Lowy Institute, an Australian international policy think tank, delivers a remarkably detailed look behind the scenes of the U.S. State Department's digital diplomacy efforts. Read More

Digital Diplomacy, Continued

BY Nick Judd | Friday, November 11 2011

Jimmy Leach, the head of digital engagement for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, writes in to say there's a difference between message and medium when it comes to officials and blogs. Earlier this week, I ... Read More

Today's Lunch Streaming: "Social Media and the World Stage," a.k.a. State at Facebook

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, February 17 2011

Ross and Baer also hosted an online chat immediately after Secretary of State Clinton's Tuesday speech on "Internet freedom." Read More

Parsing Networked Foreign Policy

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, September 15 2010

NDN policy analyst Sam DuPont has a 17-page look at the state of the Clinton State Department's so-called "21st Century Statecraft" push, and here's a taste, coming after a run-down of the various programs and ... Read More