In just a few years, issues which were considered ‘techie’, or deemed futuristic, became part of the diplomatic reality. Artificial intelligence, cyber-attacks, fake news, and e-commerce are negotiated at the United Nations, and at regional and bilateral fora worldwide. In developing their digital/cyber/tech diplomacies, countries face many challenges and open issues, including:
Some countries have already developed new approaches to these challenges. Denmark’s tech ambassador focuses on relations with the tech industry in Silicon Valley; Switzerland has a decentralised digital diplomacy approach across government departments and scientific networks; the delegations of the EU and Canada in Geneva have appointed diplomats who focus exclusively on digital aspects of multilateral affairs. These approaches and other examples will enrich our discussion on how to conduct diplomacy in the digital age.
The practical and forward-looking discussion will also focus on:
The conference will take place on Wednesday, 18th September 2019, at DiploFoundation, WMO/OMM building, 7bis, Avenue de la Paix, Geneva.
08.45 - 09.15 Welcome coffee and registrations
09.15 - 09.30 Setting the stage
09.30 - 10.45 Emerging models of digital and tech diplomacy
10.45 - 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 - 12.00 How do countries interact with the tech industry and innovation hubs
12.00 - 12.30 Lightning talk: From the trenches of digital diplomacy in Geneva - how to cover complex trade, human rights, health, telecommunication digital policy processes
12.30 - 13.30 Lunch
13.30 - 14.30 Hands-on: CyberLab for Diplomats
14.30 - 14.45 Coffee break
14.45 - 16.00 World cafe: Key challenges for diplomatic practice in the digital age, and how to solve them (parallel sessions)
16.00 - 16.30 Concluding discussion: A Geneva Agenda for Digital (and) Diplomacy
The international conference is open to diplomats and public officials, who are invited to express their interest in attending the conference by completing the application form.
Places are limited; registration confirmations will be sent within 3 working days. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses.
For more information, please contact Dr Tereza Horejsova