This event, organised with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland in the framework of Diplo's data diplomacy research project, addresses the potential of big data's contribution to diplomacy. The event will create an interactive environment for dialogue among different professional communities to generate much-needed insights into the potential, limitations, and challenges related to big data for foreign policy.
09:00-13:30, Press Hall, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland (Kanavakatu 3B, Helsinki)
Data science and big data are often-heard concepts, yet very little is known about how and to what extent diplomacy can adjust to the emerging data-driven era. DiploFoundation’s research project on Data Diplomacy, commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, provides an overall analysis of the impact of big data on diplomacy and international affairs. The project includes the organisation of two events, the first of which took place in April in Geneva (see the event description and summary report).
This second event will create an interactive environment for dialogue among different professional communities to generate much-needed insights into the realistic potential of big data’s contribution to diplomacy.
Each presenter will share insights and experiences for 10 to 20 minutes, after which the floor will open for questions and comments from the audience. The event will be interactive and the interaction between audience and presenters will form an important aspect of the knowledge production.
|09:00-09:15||Welcoming remarks: Ms Sini Paukkunen, Head of Policy Planning and Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland|
Introduction to data diplomacy: Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson and Dr Katharina E. Höne, DiploFoundation
|10:00-10:45||The role of (big) data in the MFA: The UK experience: Mr Graham Nelson, Head of the Open Source Unit, National Security Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK
Big data and improved policy analysis: Mr Timo Koskimäki, Deputy Director General, Statistics Production, Statistics Finland
Big data and knowledge creation for diplomacy: Dr Katharina E. Höne, Research associate in Diplomacy and Global Governance, DiploFoundation
|12:00-12:15||Wrap up and conclusion: Towards better research and capacity building: Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson and Dr Katharina E. Höne, DiploFoundation|