Public Diplomacy in the Digital Age
In the wave of digital innovation and technological advances, effective governance is drowning. Technology is changing faster than policies can keep up with, and we’re paying the price. In the last two years alone, we’ve seen unprecedented data breaches, meddling in elections, and the spread of misinformation. In the midst of this crisis one thing is clear: our digital era desperately needs public diplomacy.
Public diplomacy is a term that is often discussed but not always fully understood (especially as it pertains to the digital world). The University of Southern California’s Center on Public Diplomacy (CPD) defines it as “the public, interactive dimension of diplomacy which is not only global in nature, but also involves a multitude of actors and networks.” Furthermore, “It is a key mechanism through which nations foster mutual trust and productive relationships and has become crucial to building a secure global environment.” Digital diplomacy is taking these same actors and networks and bringing them together to decide the best technological and digital practices.