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A protester holds Adbuster's American Corporate flag

The conclusion of Michael Ardaiolo's two-part blog on best public diplomacy practice.

A pro-Putin rally near the Kremlin, 2012.

Michael Ardaiolo takes stock of the current state of public diplomacy.

The rise of Web 2.0 tools created a new, easy-to-use channel for diplomats and public diplomacy bureaus to reach far-flung publics. Many foreign ministries adopted the new technology almost immediately, creating a field called public diplomacy 2.0. New problems appeared quickly though. Social media’s all-in participation creates an environment where messages cannot be controlled as they are framed and re-framed by the twittering masses.