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Pope on social networking: the virtual is real

Pope on social networking: the virtual is real | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

Pope Benedict XVI put church leaders on notice Thursday, saying social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter aren't a virtual world they can ignore, but rather a very real world they must engage if they want to spread the faith to the next generation.

The 85-year-old Benedict, who tweets in nine languages, used his annual message on social communications to stress the potential of social media for the church as it struggles to keep followers and attract new ones amid religious apathy, competition from other churches and scandals that have driven the faithful away.

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Social media diplomacy: the rules of engagement | DiploFoundation

Social media diplomacy: the rules of engagement | DiploFoundation | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

In the early 1800s, John Marshall wrote: “To listen well is as powerful a means of communication and influence as to talk well.” The longest-serving Chief Justice of the US Supreme Court and the father of American Constitutional Law, Marshall didn’t have tools like Twitter and Facebook. In his time, communications technologies were relegated to quills and inkwell, and the First Amendment was only a few years old. Yet, Marshall understood the power of communication and the importance of listening to better communicate.

Today, 200 years after Marshall’s times, listening has become a key element in what we call digital diplomacy. Social media made the point loud and clear to all politicians, policy makers, and diplomats around the world: we need to listen and engage with our publics to be more efficient, transparent, effective, and to better respond to new challenges. Engagement has become a key element in terms of influence and reach.

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India Is - YouTube

India Is - YouTube | geekplomacy | Scoop.it
The Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) presents the 'India Is' Global Video Challenge 2012.
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As Twitter war rages, #stoptheterror Instagrams aim to wage peace - CNN.com

As Twitter war rages, #stoptheterror Instagrams aim to wage peace - CNN.com | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

(CNN) -- As the world continues to hope for a cease-fire between Israel and militants in Gaza following days of deadly violence, one Israeli decided to take matters to social media.
Ido Simyoni, a television producer from Israel, decided to start a project asking people to post images on photo-sharing service Instagram and tag them #stoptheterror.
The result? More than 5,000 photos as of Monday from as far afield as Portugal and South Korea, he said. "Terror is everywhere and it doesn't matter if you are from Tel Aviv or NYC, you can get attacked," he added.

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Inside The Israeli Military's Social Media Squad

Inside The Israeli Military's Social Media Squad | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

A representative for the Israeli Defense Forces discusses why a violent Mideast conflict needs to be on Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and more. He also offers new insight into hackers attacking military sites and public relations in the age of BuzzFeed.

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How Twitter Is Changing the Face of Foreign Policy

How Twitter Is Changing the Face of Foreign Policy | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

Twitter is changing the face of diplomacy; in fact, it's creating an entirely new concept in foreign relations that is changing the way publics are informed by governments. "Twi-plomacy" is a term that many in the social media world may not yet be familiar with, but it's becoming prevalent among government offices.

It describes an increasingly relevant phenomenon of global communication: Twitter's growing influence over the way world leaders communicate with other governments, their own citizens, and the general public. The use of social media in diplomacy is generally referred to as "eDiplomacy."

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Guerrilla Diplomacy: The U.S. Government Sparks a Fury on Sina Weibo (China’s Twitter) about Visa Reciprocity | LawAndBorder.com

Guerrilla Diplomacy: The U.S. Government Sparks a Fury on Sina Weibo (China’s Twitter) about Visa Reciprocity | LawAndBorder.com | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

The U.S. Consular Mission is frustrated by its failure to convince China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to reciprocally increase visa validity for visas for business visitors and tourists. Now, it appears that the U.S. is engaging in guerrilla diplomacy: encouraging Chinese netizens to speak out on the issue.

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Country Promotion | Twiplomacy

Country Promotion | Twiplomacy | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

Have you ever wondered who owns your country on Twitter? Chances are it is not your government, nor the state tourism board, but rather a smart individual who registered the account in the early days of Twitter. Only nine of the 193 UN countries accounts are officially managed by officials of their government.

The vast majority of country accounts are owned by private individuals, who had the bright idea to register the name in the early days of Twitter. Between 2006 and 2009 there was a Twitter land grab, similar to the .com domain frenzy in the 1990s, of brand and country accounts. Today all English-language country names have been registered. However, only a third of them (71 accounts) are actively used. The vast majority is dormant (43 accounts), inactive (30 accounts), protected (13 accounts) or suspended (36 accounts).

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EDiplomacy | DO IT YOURSELF DIPLOMACY

EDiplomacy | DO IT YOURSELF DIPLOMACY | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

The consultant firm Media Badger ranks governments’ digital diplomacy score, the U.S. takes the lead according to their research, the UK comes in second and third, Australia. There seems to be a language pattern: countries at the top of the list all speak english. I wonder if someone has looked into what effect your native language and your country’s english skills has on your ability to engage in Digital Diplomacy. To support the theory is the fact that Sweden also ranks high on the list and is known for their superb english proficiency.

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An exercise in mapping #digitaldiplomacy

An exercise in mapping #digitaldiplomacy | geekplomacy | Scoop.it
Digital Diplomacy—the process by which national representatives use social media to make productive, personal and interactive connections with domestic and international populations—is changing the complexion of diplomatic culture and practice in the early 21st century.

This was the key concern, and opportunity, that underpinned the Digital Diplomacy Mapping Exercise that I attended on 9 November. The one-day workshop was an extraordinary meeting of representatives from Embassies and High Commissions, the European Parliament, as well as media organisations, PR agencies and even a smattering of academics. The premise of the event was to try and better understand whether, and how, social media is influencing world affairs and global geopolitics, whilst showcasing mechanisms for verifying, mapping and visualising social media.

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E-diplomacy: Foreign policy in 140 characters

E-diplomacy: Foreign policy in 140 characters | geekplomacy | Scoop.it
he diplomatic world is considered to be one of protocol and discretion, yet an increasing number of foreign policy officials and diplomats are conducting their business in the most public way possible, on Twitter.

On the morning that Ratko Mladic appeared before the UN war crimes tribunal, the British Foreign Secretary William Hague took to Twitter to issue the kind of diplomatic broadside of which his predecessor, Viscount Palmerston, would have been proud.

"Syrian leaders should reflect on the sight of Mladic in the dock today - reach of international justice is long."

Palmerston, the 19th Century British statesman who served both as foreign secretary and prime minister, was famed for his gunboat diplomacy. Hague, a prolific tweeter, was practising a 21st Century variant: e-diplomacy.

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A New Corridor Open in the State Department | IBM Center for the Business of Government

A New Corridor Open in the State Department | IBM Center for the Business of Government | geekplomacy | Scoop.it
When Twitter launched in 2006, it would have been impossible--perhaps even irresponsible--to predict its success or the ways in which people would use the platform, shape its language, and through it, change the social media landscape. Over time, the people who used Twitter helped identify the most valuable features (hashtags, anyone?) and its most relevant fora (conferences and keynotes - right, Steve Martin?). So it is with a deep sense of humility that I want to write about a new social media site that the State Department's Information Resource Management (IRM) Bureau’s Office of eDiplomacy is quietly moving out of beta and into open enrollment: Corridor.

In this series of blog posts, I'll discuss the nature, features, sucess metrics, and potential obstacles to success of the new site. This post will talk about it's nature - what the is, how it came to be, how it's built. Next, I'll talk about its features - what it does. Then, I'll outline some of the ways that IRM can determine whether Corridor is doing what it's intended to do. Finally, I'll talk about some of the obstacles to the site's success and how they might be avoided.

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Can the US military fight a war with Twitter?

Can the US military fight a war with Twitter? | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

IDG News Service - Students at a U.S. military graduate school in California are mining social media with new methods that may change the way the armed forces collect intelligence overseas.

Students and researchers at the Naval Postgraduate School have tackled two projects that could begin the shift in the way intelligence is gathered. The first is a piece of software they wrote that harnesses the Twitter API (application programming interface) and the second is a project focusing on Syria that uses many social networks to look at U.S. policy options there, though civil liberties experts say the technology concerns them.

The software for Twitter, called the Dynamic Twitter Network Analysis (DTNA), is now being field-tested by three Defense Department units overseas to help gauge public opinion in some of the world's hot spots.

The software pulls in data from the public Twitter feed, then sorts it, live, by phrases, keywords or hashtags. The program is continuously updated, integrating a mapping feature and geo-tagged information. Intelligence officers could use DTNA to understand people's moods about a topic, or hopefully prevent or simply respond faster in any future U.S. embassy attacks.

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How Hillary Clinton Democratized Diplomacy One Tweet at a Time

How Hillary Clinton Democratized Diplomacy One Tweet at a Time | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

As Hillary Clinton continues to recover from her health scare and prepares to return to work as Secretary of State, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) is readying to succeed her at that position. And of course, questions remain about Clinton's intentions for a possible presidential run in 2016. But instead of peering forward, let us look back at how she has changed public diplomacy at the State Department.

Before Clinton arrived at State, the approach of U.S. public diplomacy was to "sell" the U.S. The goal was more analogous to marketing: to paint the U.S. in a positive light through commercials and other media campaigns. These actions, however, are only one-way: yelling at the television does not constitute a conversation.

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Carl Bildt to Beijing

Carl Bildt to Beijing | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

Minister for Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt is to visit Beijing on 6-8 December. During his visit, Mr Bildt will hold political talks and meet representatives of the Swedish business community. Mr Bildt will also be the first foreign minister to answer questions on Chinese microblog Sina Weibo.

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Melbourne bus abuse video puts Australian attitudes on trial

Melbourne bus abuse video puts Australian attitudes on trial | geekplomacy | Scoop.it
Police in the Australian city of Melbourne are investigating the verbal abuse of a French-speaking woman travelling on a bus in which she was told by a man to "speak English or die". The verbal abuse, captured on video by another passenger, shows a second man threatening to cut the woman with a knife.

"I'll fucking boxcutter you right now, you bitch, if you talk to my missus like that," said the male passenger, who was pushing a baby buggy, during the footage, which sparked national discussion on the level of racism and xenophobia in Australia. To varying degrees all Australian states and territories have laws against racial vilification.

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Virtual diplomacy – a new way of conducting international affairs? | Promoting Information and Communications for Development (IC4D)

Virtual diplomacy – a new way of conducting international affairs? | Promoting Information and Communications for Development (IC4D) | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

The international community has been witnessing a drastic reduction in the diplomatic representation of governments and international organizations around the world. Strong international actors, such as Germany, France or the United Kingdom, as well as countries with less “firepower” on the global stage, have been closing down embassies, consulates and other types of foreign representations for various reasons. In light of this trend, virtual diplomacy has emerged as a possible alternative to the regular way of doing diplomatic business. The extent to which IT can help governments achieve their foreign policy objectives will therefore be a topic receiving more and more attention in the near future.

Although diplomats usually have diplomatic immunity, the diplomatic community was not immune from the effects of the economic recession. Great Britain decided to share embassies with Canada because of the austerity measures. Romania closed fourteen embassies in Africa and South America. The Philippine government recently terminated the operation of its embassies and consulates in Caracas, Koror, Dublin, Barcelona and Frankfurt. Greece has stopped the operations of six embassies and three consulates around the world as part of sweeping cuts. And these are just a few examples.

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Hollande makes 'friendly' mistake in note to Obama - The Sacramento Bee

Hollande makes 'friendly' mistake in note to Obama - The Sacramento Bee | geekplomacy | Scoop.it
French President Francois Hollande's attempt to sign a note congratulating Barack Obama for getting re-elected wound up lost in translation - and all over Twitter.

In the great Gallic tradition of murdering the English language, Hollande ended the letter to the U.S. president in his own hand, writing: "Friendly, Francois Hollande."

 

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Israel Defense Forces live blogs Gaza offensive

Israel Defense Forces live blogs Gaza offensive | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

The Operation Pillar of Defense that Israel launched in the Gaza Strip today, which included the killing of Hamas military commander Ahmad Jabari, is big news, and could spell a dramatic escalation in the long-simmering violence between the Israeli military and Palestinian militants in Gaza. But as Business Insider's Joe Weisenthal points out on Twitter, there's another remarkable aspect of the offensive: the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has been updating us on the military's actions in close-to-real-time.

If you go to the IDF's website, you'll find a post with live, time-stamped updates on the operation, including this jaw-dropping YouTube video of the strike on Jabari:

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Countries underutilise Twitter's potential, says study > afaqs! news & features

Countries underutilise Twitter's potential, says study > afaqs! news & features | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

A study by Burson-Marsteller reveals that only nine out of 193 UN member countries have their own Twitter handles; "Looking at the findings, it becomes clear that few governments and tourism organisations have understood the power of country branding and marketing on Twitter," says Matthias Lüfkens, head of the Burson-Marsteller EMEA Digital Practice. "There is a huge opportunity for countries to use Twitter as part of their communications to engage with a large and growing audience," he adds.

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The Importance of Country Branding on Twitter

In late August 2012 the Icelandic tourism board* launched an online competition asking internet users to find an alternative name for the country. “What would you name Iceland if this was your first glimpse?” they asked on their Twitter account. Several thousand name suggestions have come in so far but no one has suggested @Iceland, the country’s English language Twitter handle. Fact is that name is already taken…

And the Icelandic tourism board is not alone: 95% of the 193 UN country names have been registered on Twitter but they are not in the hands of their government. Only nine countries officially own their English country names on Twitter. Most other country handles are currently squatted by individual Twitter users. Often the accounts are either dormant, have never been active or have been suspended by Twitter, in short, they are no longer available.

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How not to Conduct Digital Diplomacy: @IDFSpokesperson and IDF Blog

How not to Conduct Digital Diplomacy: @IDFSpokesperson and IDF Blog | geekplomacy | Scoop.it

As a ‘scholar-in-training’, I try to focus my writing (and even thinking) on my dissertation topic and do my best to stay away from ‘distractions’ mainly due to two reasons. Firstly, I want to get my PhD sooner rather than later. Secondly, I want to brand myself through my dissertation research and related writings. Middle Eastern politics, for instance, is a subject I would not touch with a ten foot pole. Yet, after witnessing Pillar of Defense (or #pillarofdefense for the purposes of this blog post), I decided to write on how not to conduct digital diplomacy and underline IDF’s mistakes in message formation and medium selection.

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How the U.S. Engages the World with Social Media

How the U.S. Engages the World with Social Media | geekplomacy | Scoop.it
The perception of the U.S. abroad varies widely, and is subject to many forces, including world events, media coverage, policy changes, and presidential administrations. In response, the U.S. State Department, America’s public relations branch, has been charged with the difficult task of engaging in the dialogue surrounding the controversial policies discussed in almost every corner of the world.

Social media has proven to be a valuable tool in this regard, and the State Department has made impressive gains in their mission to turn conflict into conversation. Cabinet officials, foreign dignitaries, and embassies are experimenting with ways to inject America’s voice into the global chatter. Some of their experiments are paying dividends that few expected. Here’s a look at some of these efforts.

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Diplopedia -- Wikipedia-style diplomacy -- a success at US Department of State

Diplopedia is the U.S. State Department's internal knowledge-sharing platform -- an unclassified, open-source wiki platform of "how-to" knowledge for America's diplomatic corps.
The paper, "Diplopedia Imagined: Building State's Diplomacy Wiki," is being presented today at the 2010 International Symposium on Collaborative Technologies and Systems in Chicago by its co-authors Chris Bronk, a fellow at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and lecturer in Rice's Department of Computer Science, and Tiffany Smith, an employee with the State Department's Bureau of Information Resource Management.

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Israel's Foreign Ministry gives envoys a lesson on twitter diplomacy

Israel's Foreign Ministry gives envoys a lesson on twitter diplomacy | geekplomacy | Scoop.it
Israel’s Foreign Ministry updated online social media guidelines for representatives of the State of Israel worldwide, following a few recent unusual tweets and Facebook posts made by Israeli diplomats. The Foreign Ministry’s message to Israeli diplomats: Surfers on the web take everything you post as Israel’s official position.

Earlier this week, Yoram Murad, head of the Foreign Ministry’s Digitial Diplomacy Department sent a message to Israeli diplomats both in the country and abroad, entitled, “What is the difference between a press briefing and a tweet?” The answer was made clear in first line of the message “As far as you’re concerned, there is no difference,” wrote Murad.

Many Israeli diplomats, primarily ambassadors and embassy spokespeople, use Facebook and Twitter accounts to publicize various policy statements or links to articles concerning Israel or the Middle East. Contrary to the United States’ State Department, where Twitter and Facebook use is already highly institutionalized, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s use of social media is still in its infancy.

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