Communications and Society Program

Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology

A new era of global communications has jolted international relations. Citizen-to-citizen communication, once engaged in pen and paper, is now instantly viral on the Internet. The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology (ADDTech) convenes leaders from the sometimes disparate worlds of diplomacy and technology to address how new technological tools can be used better for public or citizen diplomacy around the world.

While the Broadcasting Board of Governors and the State Department are moving to address America’s global image after the Snowden revelations and other developments, the question arises whether the U.S. Government’s apparatus for global discourse is adequate to the times. The 2014 Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology took place August 3-6, 2014 in Aspen, Colorado. Participants explored how new technologies and other developments should transform the American apparatus for public diplomacy.


The 2013 Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology took place July 24-26, 2013 in Aspen, Colorado. The Dialogue explored the technological aspects of the diplomatic race for the hearts and minds of Southeast Asians, particularly contrasting the approaches of the U.S. and China.

Adapting for the Global Diplomatic Arena Adapting for the Global Diplomatic Arena, written by Dialogue rapporteur Shanthi Kalathil, is the report from the 2013 Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology (ADDTech). As social networks and mobile technologies become increasingly more popular among private citizens and the public, the use of technology will continue to alter the landscape of diplomacy. This report captures the contrasting diplomatic approaches by the U.S. and China in the context of Southeast Asia. It also provides recommendations for policymakers and diplomatic communities.

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Photo: 2013 Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology participants

On Twitter? The Dialogue's hashtag is #addtech.

The Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology is a project of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program in association with the University of Denver Josef Korbel School of International Studies. For more information, please contact senior project manager Kiahna Williams.

  


Previous Roundtables

Integrating Diplomacy and Social MediaThe inaugural Dialogue of this series took place July 8-10, 2012 in Aspen, Colorado. The Dialogue convened and engaged leaders from the worlds of diplomacy, democracy and technology to determine how new technologies might transform diplomacy.

Advances in social media and the wave of citizen involvement in both internal and external state affairs has heightened the need to take a closer look at how communications technologies can advance national interests. The digital disruption has come to many arenas. Diplomacy is just the latest to engage it. Integrating Diplomacy and Social Media: A Report of the First Annual Aspen Institute Dialogue on Diplomacy and Technology highlights how private citizens have utilized information tools to transform the landscape of international affairs. It also delves into the increasing use of new media by working diplomats.

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