Digital technology is a core challenge of soft power diplomacy (May 3, 2016)

What is the role of digital technology in soft power diplomacy? On 3 May 2016, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has invited several speakers to discuss this issue and try to understand how digital technology, which has become a key lever for influence, has drastically changed our approach to institutional communication and cultural cooperation, as well as relations between civil society and institutions. Follow the conference with #DiploNum.

Roundtable programme:

Introduction
  • Romain Nadal, Spokesperson for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development
  • Anton’Maria Battesti, Public Policy Manager at Facebook
Presentation of the report “The Soft Power 30 - A Global Ranking of Soft Power”
  • Jonathan McClory, a Partner at Portland, a UK communications and public affairs consultancy, and author of the report
Roundtable participants
  • Tristan Mendès France, lecturer in new digital uses at CELSA (Centre for Applied Literary and Scientific Studies)
  • Laurence Auer, French Ambassador to Macedonia
  • Agnès Alfandari, Head of the digital department at the French Institute (IF)
  • Laure Belot, a journalist for Le Monde and author of “La déconnexion des élites” (to be confirmed)
  • Katie Harbath, Global Politics and Government Outreach Manager at Facebook
  • Jonathan McClory, a Partner at Portland, a UK communications and public affairs consultancy

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