A look at how new tools such as satellite remote sensing, virtual reality, bots and apps impact the practice of public diplomacy.
Corneliu Bjola looks at how new satellite technologies impact the work of Ministries of Foreign Affairs.
How has the coverage of natural disasters changed in the social media age?
This edition of Bruce's List includes works by Mai'a K. Davis Cross, Ilan Manor, and more.
Corneliu Bjola on how embassies and MFAs can properly respond to crises using digital tools.
Once a crisis begins to unfold, confusion about the nature, severity, and possible implications of the event is the immediate consequence to affect both authorities and the public. Ironically, this outcome is not prompted by the shortage of information about what is going on, but rather by the abundance of reports on social media channels, most of them reflecting individual reactions to the event, often times with little factual evidence to support them.
SOS Alerts have been developed with the aim of delivering important updates to users during major disasters. [...] The company says “major natural, manmade, or humanitarian disasters” will activate the alerts, but it “can’t guarantee that you’ll see an SOS Alert for every major crisis”.
The Gulf crisis has hit the eighth week of its diplomatic standoff. Prior to the trade siege, and right after the Qatar News Agency cyber-attack that U.S. intelligence officials now attribute to the UAE, the media voice between the parties involved was vehement. [...] Qatar’s communications have capitalized on three elements: 1) show concern; 2) prove that Qatari leaders are in control; and 3) display commitment to stakeholders.