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New: Preliminary findings of the research were presented at the conference The Future of Diplomacy (Malta, November 2017) - conference report

Background

The Internet industry in the Bay Area is of vital importance for almost all the countries in the world. Apart from being the centre of technological development and home to many hi-tech corporations, the area also has a significant impact on society; what takes place there affects people worldwide, including the environment and context in which diplomacy operates.

Bay Area Internet companies provide services for, and store the data of, citizens from all countries. Being at the forefront of technological advancements, the Bay Area Internet industry plays a key role in global cybersecurity, the protection of critical infrastructure, dealing with fake news, and other trends to which governments will need to respond (such as AI or Internet of Things). Yet, countries often struggle to find the right model on how to interact with an industry whose work has an increasing impact on issues that are of vital importance at the domestic level.

Objectives

This project is designed to analyse the way countries interact with the Internet industry in the Bay Area in order to promote the interests of their industry and citizens. It will analyse the different methods countries use to interact with the Internet industry to achieve their goals.

The results will help under-represented countries develop their own methods of representation with the Bay Area Internet industry, as well as help the Internet industry players better understand the goals of the national governments and diplomatic services.

Implementation

Diplo will analyse different co-operation models that countries use to interact with the Internet industry in the Bay Area. Key actors will be interviewed to assess the current motivations and challenges on behalf of the countries, as well as their strengths and successes. The report will include methods and trends of interaction by countries in the Bay Area, as well as the major obstacles and challenges.

Timeline

  • Preliminary findings were introduced at the conference Future of Diplomacy, held in Malta on 17-18 November, 2017 
  • The complete study will be presented in the spring of 2018

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