The Delhi Digital Diplomacy Day, on 21 October 2016, will include:
Registrations are open.
The Delhi Digital Diplomacy Day will be guided by Dr Jovan Kurbalija, founding director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform. Dr Kurbalija is a pioneer in the field of digital diplomacy. He has been leading research and training on the impact of computers on diplomacy - and later on, the impact of the Internet on diplomacy - since 1992.
He summarises his long experience:
Often, we overestimate the fast, immediate, and visible technological development, while underestimating the more profound changes in diplomacy.
What we can learn from the past 20 years in Internet and diplomacy, like the previous two centuries of technology and diplomacy, is that the impact of technology on diplomacy is much more than the availability of technical tools.
It depends on professional and institutional cultures, and ultimately, it represents an important interplay between the continuity of the diplomatic profession and the technology-driven changes. It is, therefore, an interplay between tradition and innovation.
During the Delhi Digital Diplomacy Day, Dr Kurbalija will address this interplay using the tripartite methodology, consisting of Internet driven-changes in the environment in which diplomacy is conducted; the emergence of new topics on diplomatic agendas (including Internet governance); and use of a new Internet tools in the practice of diplomacy (including social media). Learn more.
The Digital Diplomacy Day will take place at the Observer Research Foundation, 20, Rouse Avenue Institutional Area, Mata Sundari Railway Colony, Mandi House, New Delhi, India. It is organised by Geneva Internet Platform, Observer Research Foundation, the Swiss Embassy in India, and DiploFoundation.