The Delhi Digital Diplomacy Day addressed the 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 the use of new Internet tools in the practice of diplomacy (including social media). The event included the ‘Digital Diplomacy Lab’ led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, and a ‘Lunch Panel’ with Amb. Vikas Swarup and Dr Jovan Kurbalija (moderated by Amb. Kishan S Rana).
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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. You can attend all or specific events during the Delhi Digital Diplomacy Day:
- 10:00 – 12:00* Digital Diplomacy Lab led by Dr Jovan Kurbalija
- 12:00 – 12:30 Tea/coffee refreshement
- 12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Panel with Ambassador Vikas Swarup and Dr Jovan Kurbalija (moderated by Ambassador Kishan Rana)
- 13:30 – 14:30 Lunch and refreshement
- 14:30 – 15:30 Digital Diplomacy Clinic (*New Delhi local time)
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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).
Who – Panelists
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 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.
Where – Venue
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.
In Focus: Digital Diplomacy