What is digital diplomacy practice and what is its role in international politics today? Is Donald Trump’s Twitter use really defining digital diplomacy and what are the implications of the increasing number of world leaders ”going digital”? Since 2010, digital diplomacy has become an increasingly used but contested term and practice in international politics. It is contested because it in many ways challenges the classic norms of diplomatic conduct. Many challenges that stem from the new media environment such as disinformation, fake news and echo chambers have also changed the trajectory of digital diplomacy in the past five years. Digital diplomacy it would seem, is a practice torn between promises of public reach and engagement and the return to propaganda-like persuasion.
Elsa Hedling is a researcher tied to the Swedish institute of international affairs and will speak about the development and the contemporary practice of digital diplomacy in general and drawing on her own research in the context of the European Union.
Time: 6:15-7:30 PM
Place: Hörsal 2, Ekonomikum
Admission: Free for members, 60 kr for non-members. A one-year membership can be purchased at the event for 100 SEK.
In collaboration with Folkuniversitetet.
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