lighting, Diplomacy

[WebDebate] Technology and diplomacy: Unpacking the relationship

02 July 2019 -


Event description

[Update] The digest and recording of the WebDebate are now available.

Technology impacts diplomacy and the way it is practised in a number of ways. The rise of new technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, and 5G networks make it clear that technology also has geopolitical, security, human rights, and economic implications. Diplomatic relations between countries can be heavily affected, if not strained, by this and diplomatic skills are needed now more than ever in order to address these issues in a meaningful way.

Recent developments related to the Chinese company Huawei – from discussions in some states about banning their involvement in the development of 5G networks (overview available in the April issue of the GIP Digital Watch Newsletter), to the Executive Order of the US President, which limits the export of US technologies and intellectual property to Chinese companies (overview available in the May issue of the GIP Digital Watch Newsletter) – highlight the possible far reaching implications of battles over technological supremacy and control. They also highlight the need for diplomacy in addressing these questions. Taking this as one case among many recent developments, our WebDebate will unpack the relationship between technology and diplomacy, and make suggestions for diplomatic practitioners who want to understand and address these issues.

Join us online on 2 July at 11:00 UTC / 13:00 CEST. Register to attend this event.

Our speakers

Mr Daniel P Bagge (Cyber Attaché to the United States and Canada, National Cyber and Information Security Agency, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Washington D.C.)

Mr Vladimir Radunovic (Cybersecurity and E-Diplomacy Programmes Director, DiploFoundation)

About our WebDebates

The WebDebates on the future of diplomacy are live streamed on the first Tuesday of every month. They are organised by Diplo within the framework of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT). Learn more about our series of WebDebates.

If you form part of a dynamic circle of practitioners in your community, we encourage you to establish a diplomatic hub to follow the WebDebates and to facilitate discussions.

For more information, contact Diplo’s Ms Mina Mudric.