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There is much talk in the air – especially in Britain and the United States – about reinventing diplomacy for the 21st century.
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Michele Asselin for The New York Times Jared Cohen, left, and Alec Ross with mobile devices at the ready. “Exactly 140 characters,” Cohen said.
Let's imagine a parallel universe for a second. In that universe, the U.S. State Department decides that energy -- rather than the Internet -- would form one of the core pillars of " 21st century statecraft ." To that end, the secretary of state would give a speech about some highly abstract and ambiguous concept like "environmental freedom" that would strike the right chord with the media -- if only because it promises a greener future for all of us! Since energy-inspired "21st century statecraft" would be difficult to practice without courting the private sector -- the likes of Haliburton, Exxon Mobile, and Chevron -- their executives would be taken on regular tours of exotic places and invited to private dinners with the secretary of state.
Response Do the tools of social media make it possible for protesters to challenge their governments? Malcolm Gladwell argues that there is no evidence that they do; Clay Shirky disagrees. Snapshot
Clay Shirky just published a piece in Foreign Affairs on “The Political Power of Social Media.” I’m almost done with writing my literature review of digital activism in repressive states for my dissertation so this is a timely write-up by Clay who also sits on my dissertation committee. The points he makes echo a number of my blog posts and thus provides further support to some of the arguments articulated in my dissertation.
A year ago this January, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took the stage at Washington's Newseum to tout an idea that her State Department had become very taken with: the Internet's ability to spread freedom and democracy. "We want to put these tools in the hands of people who will use them to advance democracy and human rights," she told the crowd, drawn from both the buttoned-up Beltway and chronically underdressed Silicon Valley. Call it the Internet Freedom Agenda: the notion that technology can succeed in opening up the world where offline efforts have failed. That Barack Obama's administration would embrace such an idea was not surprising; the U.S. president was elected in part on the strength of his online organizing and fundraising juggernaut.
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By Kristen Coco Richard Boly is not what you'd expect from your typical State Department diplomat. Dressed in jeans, a printed t-shirt and electric blue blazer, and armed with a bio that includes running a shrimp hatchery in coastal Ecuador, you would never guess walking down the street that he works for the oldest federal agency in the U.S. -- one long recognized for its entrenched commitment to "bureaucracy."
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WikiLeaks "changes everything". So says Christian Caryl in the latest New York Review of Books , as the media, technology and foreign policy worlds ponder the effect of the industrial dumping of US government cables. For several years American analysts in particular have been trying to make sense of the information free-for-all facilitated by the internet. Julian Assange 's perhaps inadvertent contribution is to have brought a previously arcane debate into the forefront of global politics.
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