social media diplomacy
This edition of Bruce's List includes works by Mai'a K. Davis Cross, Ilan Manor, and more.
In an age of 24/7 information, where there’s pressure to stand out, and a general expectation that we should react to news in real time, we need to say something as quickly and emphatically as possible – so we say it with gifs. In a medium where words might be limited, the emotional impact of gifs should be similarly direct: “They’re lingua franca,” says Dr Sarah Thornton, a San Francisco-based sociologist of culture, “They’re not determined by linguistic boundaries, and they are so simple that a child can understand them.”
Corneliu Bjola on two diverging paths in the digital future of MFAs.
The United Nations OCHA has launched an advocacy campaign that bring awareness to civilian casualties in war.
Ministers in the UK are considering creating an internet ombudsman to deal with complaints about hate crimes and are pressing ahead with proposals for a levy on social media companies to help pay for the policing of online offenses. [...] The idea of an internet ombudsman is already being developed in France and Australia. Each country is creating an agency to act as an independent body that will mediate between members of the public and social media firms.
Jeffrey Robertson discusses the importance of embassy websites in addition to social media.