thePANEL presented its fifth debate on a major foreign policy issue, in partnership with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada: is digital diplomacy the game changer some say it is?
thePANEL and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat invited you for complimentary refreshments, followed by a cutting edge discussion on eDiplomacy/#DigitalDiplomacy.
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Moderator: CTV's Omar Sachedina*
*due to unforseen circumstances, our original moderator, Mercedes Stephenson, was unable to participate.
Digital diplomacy, or what some call “Twiplomacy”, is using the medium of digital technology to directly connect with a foreign population to achieve international objectives. With more than 1 billion people using Facebook, Twitter, Qzone or Snapchat daily, digital connectivity has made the world smaller and, in the process, changed the daily lives of billions of people; linking rural farmers to markets in Bangladesh, offering e-health services to women and children in Tanzania and improving access to information to hold government accountable to citizens worldwide.
These developments have not been limited to individuals. State and non-state actors are increasingly using these platforms to speak directly to citizens. Some target direct action, such as international NGOs like the International Committee of the Red Cross using Twitter hashtags to direct donations to specific humanitarian crises. Other forms of digital diplomacy are broader, speaking more to general foreign policy positions, such as the Government of Canada’s direct engagement of the Iranian people through Twitter.
There is no denying that connectivity and the use of digital diplomacy is ushering in an era of social change. This is not without its consequences, as the diffusion of ideas, thoughts and sentiments has led to social unrest, violence and radicalization.
Is digital diplomacy truly the game changer some say it is? What are some of the latent risks posed by such an open approach? What benefits does it offer? And, how might Canada successfully use it to forward our foreign policy goals?
Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) is a non-profit international development agency, working in Asia and Africa to find sustainable solutions to the complex problems causing global poverty. AKFC is a registered Canadian charity and an agency of the worldwide Aga Khan Development Network. Please see visit their website or follow them on twitter: @AKFC
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Date: November 19, 2015
Location: Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat, 199 Sussex Drive
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