Digital Diplomacy Forum Debates Social Media’s Role in Policy

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Press Release

June 13, 2013

Digital Diplomacy Forum Debates Social Media’s Role in Policy

Washington, DC: Reaching more than 370,000 Twitter followers (#DiplomacySM) among the various attendees, the Diplomatic Courier launched the inaugural Digital Diplomacy Forum today at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Join the continued conversation via Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and Facebook.

Press Release

June 13, 2013

Digital Diplomacy Forum Debates Social Media’s Role in Policy

Washington, DC: Reaching more than 370,000 Twitter followers (#DiplomacySM) among the various attendees, the Diplomatic Courier launched the inaugural Digital Diplomacy Forum today at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Join the continued conversation via Twitter, Google+, YouTube, and Facebook.

Ana C. Rold, Editor-in-Chief of the Diplomatic Courier, comments: “Yesterday’s Forum demonstrated the unique power of social media for individuals. Whether you are speaking out against a clothing company with discriminatory views or demanding action against Joseph Kony, each and every person can change the world in some way. Indeed, our conversation extended far beyond the Rotunda room on Freedom Plaza as #DiplomacySM trended.”

Included in the conversation were over 100 individuals representing foreign governments, the corporate sector, media, universities, and more. The packed room discussed and debated how diplomacy is influenced, driven, and impacted by social media with these distinguished speakers and corresponding tweets:

Her Excellency Paula J. Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Harvard University’s JFK Belfer Center, @JFKJrForum: andreas212nyc “Amb. Dobriansky at #DiplomacySM: mobile devices are key in real-time diplomacy and people connectivity on the ground –> #digitaldiplomacyJoshua Foust, Washington, DC-Based Freelance Journalist: @knroach “At @diplocourier #DiplomacySM @joshuafoust: absence is just as important as presence when communicating. Effective responses are humanized”David Darg, Co-Founder, Social News Platform RYOT.org: @michelle_pill @daviddarg says you can’t underestimate awareness, slacktivism becoming cracktivism-addictive sharing #diplomacysm @diplocourierMary Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International, @SisterCitiesInt@MeridianIntl How do you get membership of an old institution excited about SM? “Get people to tell their stories” – @CEOatSCI #DiplomacySMEvan Kraus, Executive Director, Digital Strategy, APCO Worldwide: @acannon28 @ekraus Key to success is to understand the cultural memes. Modern day communicator is a sociologist #DiplomacySM

Ann Tran, Forbes’ 2013 Top 20 Women Social Media Influencers: @jeannewmanglock “Once something is out impossible to erase. Be responsible and verify, verify, verify before tweeting. #DiplomacySM.”

The Diplomatic Courier would like to thank both Ethan Allen (@Ethan_Allen) and the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center for their kind sponsorship of the Digital Diplomacy Forum.

To receive more information or to request an invitation to a future event in this series, kindly email press@diplomaticourier.org.