The Centre For International Studies and Diplomacy and the SOAS University of London are organising a seminar 'Cyber-Diplomacy: International affairs in the digital age' on 23 May in London.
21st century life is fundamentally shaped by digital technology. Comprehending the discourse of ‘cyber’, ‘digital’, and ‘technology’ seems as taxing as it does problematic. Moreover, digital space is one where data and identity mix, overlap, and intertwine with potentially grand or pernicious consequences. Governance of these challenges extends beyond the sovereignty of nation states and therefore, at its most basic engages with the three central corps of diplomatic practice: representation, communication, and representation.
Two guiding questions that the event will address are:
1. What is cyberdiplomacy, how is it constituted, and in what ways does it work?
2. What is the future of cyberdiplomacy?
Dr Katharina Höne (Senior lecturer, researcher, and project manager, DiploFoundation) will be speaking on 'Big data and diplomacy: the way ahead between continuity and disruption'.
Dr Katharina (Kat) E Höne researches, writes, and teaches on a number of issues in the area of diplomacy, global governance, and the impact of technology on international relations. Over the last years, she has focused on research at the intersection of diplomacy and technology. She was part of a research project on Data Diplomacy: Updating diplomacy to the big data eraand the lead researcher and author of Mapping the challenges and opportunities of artificial intelligence for the conduct of diplomacy report, both supported by the Ministry for Foreign of Affairs of Finland. In addition, she has more than 10 years of experience in teaching international relations at universities in the UK and Germany, and in delivering in-situ, blended, and online training to diplomatic practitioners. Kat holds an MA in Diplomatic Studies (University of Leicester, UK) and a PhD in International Politics (University of Aberystwyth, UK). In her work, she is driven by her aim to level the playing field at international negotiation tables through capacity development, and to provide out-of-the-box thinking and inspiration by drawing on her passion for science-fiction.