As Australian digital diplomacy strives to catch up to the rest of the world, these monthly links will highlight the most creative and effective ways countries are leveraging the internet for foreign policy gain.
- The UK's Ambassador to the UN is using Twitter to crowdsource ideas for how the the UK could contribute to improving the UN Security Council during its presidency.
- More information on the Canadian Foreign Ministry's $9.5 million digital diplomacy project in Iran (run by the University of Toronto) that opens up the internet in countries ruled by repressive regimes by circumventing government firewalls.
- A great blog post discussing the intersection of the internet, human rights and diplomacy.
- Is digital diplomacy blurring the lines and confusing the distinction between diplomacy and public diplomacy? It appears so.
- Upcoming conferences on digital diplomacy in Canada, Belgium, Israel, will add to events already held this year in Ethiopia, Austria, Armenia, the US, Germany, Indonesia and this refreshingly frank panel featuring former Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.
- A new journal article analyses the engagement and dialogue (and lack thereof) fostered by 11 foreign ministries via their social media channels.
- In Denmark, US Ambassador and social media star Rufus Gifford has a wildly popular reality TV show: