Computational Thinking for Public Diplomacy

This workshop will teach you how to understand public diplomacy problems in computing terms and through data science? This workshop introduces basic computing and data concepts, and examines practical applications in the context of public diplomacy. The emphasis will be on how we drive strategic insights from various forms of data for better planning.

The workshop comprises four modules:

  • Computational Thinking and Data Types
  • Fundamentals of Machine Learning and AI
  • AI and Bots for Public Diplomacy
  • AI-enabled Digital Insights for Public Diplomacy

 

Modules

Computational Thinking and Data Types

An overview of what computational thinking means and entails, and an introduction to different types of data, such as text, multimedia, geospatial, and big data, and their relevance and importance to public diplomacy strategy.

Fundamentals of Machine Learning and AI

This module explains the basic logic of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and their potential applications in public diplomacy. It also discusses best practices for data stewardship.

AI and Bots for Public Diplomacy

An introduction to AI’s applications in content creation for public diplomacy purposes. Participants will develop an audience-based strategy for a beta chat bot and prototype a chat bot that may be used in their organization.

AI-enabled Digital Insights for Public Diplomacy

A hands-on, collaborative learning experience where participants will analyze world events in real-time using marketing, cloud-based programs and social platforms.

Schedule

The workshop takes place over two weeks, including live sessions of 8.5 online hours, group work between sessions, and assigned self-directed learning. All scheduled meeting times will be Pacific Time.

  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 7:00am to 9:00am 
  • Friday, February 19, 2021, 7:00am to 9:00am
  • Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 7:00am to 9:30am
  • Thursday, February 25, 2021, 7:00am to 9:00am

Application

Click here to access the online application. You will be notified after your application has been received.