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[WebDebate] What is the potential of big data for diplomacy?

06 February 2018 -


Event description

Modern society is marked by data. Data is continuously-generated, from electronic devices; from messages, images and videos uploaded online; from drones scanning the ground and satellites orbiting the earth. It is now put to use in the private sector, where businesses grow in efficiency and effectiveness by using insights generated by big data. The question then arises: what is the potential of big data for diplomacy?

Watch the recording:

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and read the summary of the February WebDebate.

In our next WebDebate we will focus on the potential of big data for diplomacy. In February, Diplo will be launching the report Data Diplomacy: Updating Diplomacy to the Big Data Era, which was commissioned by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. While the official report launch will take place on 8 February in Geneva, our WebDebate will serve as an opportunity to get a first glimpse of the findings – especially for those who will not be able to attend in person.

Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson, Programme Manager at DiploFoundation and the Geneva Internet Platform, will be sharing first insights from the report’s executive summary.

Mr Ossi Piironen, Policy Planning and Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland, will add insights from the practitioner’s perspective. >


Join us on Tuesday, 6 February 2018, at 12:00 UTC (13:00 CET). Register to reserve your place.


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.