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May 2, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Diplomatic activities are increasingly supported by Internet tools. Diplomats rely on the Internet to find information, communicate with colleagues via e-mail, and negotiate draft texts in electronic format; diplomats are also increasingly using new social networking platforms such as blogs and Facebook. This course focuses on the opportunities and challenges Internet tools offer for diplomatic activities. It examines and analyses the use of new tools in the context of everyday diplomatic activities. The course offers both an overview of this emerging field, and practical experience using e-diplomacy tools (for example, social media tools like blogs, Twitter and Facebook). As the main course assignment, participants will develop social media strategies for their diplomatic missions, ministries or organisations; or social media campaigns focused on particular issues.