How does the Internet affect diplomacy? How can we support digital development? How can we use big data and social media in diplomatic activities?
These are some of the questions that will be tackled during the Delhi Digital Diplomacy Day, on 21 October 2016.
The event will include:
How - Approach
The Delhi Digital Diplomacy Day will adress an impact of the Internet on diplomacy in three main fields: the environment in which diplomacy is conducted; the emergence of new topics on diplomatic agendas (including Internet governance); and use of a new Internet tools in the practice of diplomacy (including social media). Learn more.
Ambassador Vikas Swarup is an Indian diplomat who is currently serving as the official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs of India. He is also a well-known writer (author of the novel Q & A, adapted in film as Slumdog Millionaire). Amb. Swarup has served in many countries, including Turkey (1987-1990), USA (1993-1997), Ethiopia (1997-2000), the UK (2000-2003), and South Africa (2006-2009). He served as Consul General of India in Osaka-Kobe, Japan from 2009 to 2013.
Dr Jovan Kurbalija, the founding director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform, is a pioneer in the field of digital diplomacy. He has been leading research and training on the impact of computers on diplomacy - and later on, the impact of the Internet on diplomacy - since 1992.
He summarises his experience on digital diplomacy:
Often, we overestimate the fast, immediate, and visible technological development, while underestimating the more profound changes in diplomacy.
What we can learn from the past 20 years in Internet and diplomacy, like the previous two centuries of technology and diplomacy, is that the impact of technology on diplomacy is much more than the availability of technical tools.
It depends on professional and institutional cultures, and ultimately, it represents an important interplay between the continuity of the diplomatic profession and the technology-driven changes. It is, therefore, an interplay between tradition and innovation.
The Digital Diplomacy Day will take place at the Observer Research Foundation, 20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, Mata Sundari Railway Colony, Mandi House, New Delhi, India. It is organised by Geneva Internet Platform, Observer Research Foundation, the Swiss Embassy in India, and DiploFoundation.