By creating the interministerial web portal for diplomatic correspondence, known as "Diplomatie", Minister of Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius wanted to open up access to some of the diplomatic network’s work while strengthening the security of communications.
Allowing access to some of the diplomatic correspondence is part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ general strategy aimed at making use of the advantages offered by digital technology to modernize its network and strengthen its international action.
Indeed, the opportunities as well as the risks associated with the digital revolution have prompted a reform of the methods of producing and circulating diplomatic correspondence. In July 2014, after two years of developments based on best practices for handling information on the digital networks, we will launch the "Diplomatie" web portal, which will be the first unified network for interministerial communication in the diplomatic field. It will provide government officials with collaborative tools to produce and share their correspondence in a secure environment.
Qualified external figures – from all sectors interested in international action: the media, businesses, associations, the research sector - will be able to access certain content at the invitation of diplomats within communities created for this purpose. Thus we believe that we will be able to intensify the approachthat has been adopted for some time now aimed at sharing the documentary resources of the French diplomatic network with the key actors and experts in international politics, in support of our economic diplomacy and diplomacy of influence.
Access to diplomatic correspondence will be gradually opened up. Indeed, it will primarily be the responsibility of the ambassadors and directors to organize the data sharing communities through which the exchange of information will be as productive as possible for each of their members. The first communities should therefore be created during the second half of 2014.
The audience will be expanded for correspondence that is not classified; the correspondence will relate to topics of general interest regarding which our diplomatic network provide analyses and comments that are worthy of being communicated to those who, in one way or another, provide their expertise and contribute to efforts to promote France’s international influence.