We mourn the loss of our friend, our member, a Man with a capital letter, a man of a good heart, a man with a beautiful soul, a man of calming presence and incredible charm. An immense void remains in the hearts of those who knew him. There are no words that can fill that empty space. Born in Skopje in 1982, he completed secondary economics school and the Faculty of Economics in Skopje, then earned a master's degree in information systems at Lund University in Sweden. Ilija played a pivotal role as a youth activist in founding and [...]
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The Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, in collaboration with the Centre for European Perspective (CEP), proudly introduced the European Digital Diplomacy Exchange (EDDE) in 2017. This groundbreaking initiative has been dedicated to empowering European governments to harness the potential of emerging technologies in their quest to promote democratic values, strengthen institutional foundations, and enrich societies. EDDE achieves these goals by developing and enhancing national-level digital strategic communication strategies and counter-disinformation policies, not only bolstering public trust in government communications but also combatting the influence of disinformation. Since its beginning, EDDE has successfully trained hundreds of mid- and high-level government communications [...]
The rapid development of digital communication technology impacts our lives in myriad ways. It does not seem so far ago when we were faxing long press releases to journalists to where we are now when 280 characters can do the same job, occasionally with an even more significant impact. Digital communications and social media are transforming pillars of a democratic society. It is more important than ever for governments to understand their responsibilities and roles in ensuring that their institutions are prepared to adapt and adopt new practices to cement their place within this new digital information economy. That is [...]
More than ever, the unstable and uncertain times call for effective and trustworthy communication from governments and institutions. They are under enormous pressure to introduce and communicate policy initiatives under extraordinary circumstances while simultaneously competing with flooding of misinformation and disinformation. Digital capabilities and strategic thinking have undoubtedly become the core of governments’ communications and public affairs operations. Once again, European Digital Diplomacy Exchange will gather government communicators for a 4-day training, where they will be polishing their digital communication competencies. Participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, [...]
1. The disinformation landscape across Europe (EU Disinfo Lab) You will find here country factsheets that highlight the disinformation landscape across EU Member States. From the most emblematic disinformation cases and recurrent narratives, to the community actors and the policy initiatives, you should grasp the essentials of the disinformation landscape in those countries in a short read. We’re launching this new format with guides covering the disinformation landscape of France, Germany, Italy and Spain. We will update this list with new documents regularly. 2. Who follows Volodymyr Zelenskyy? (Digitips) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addressed the virtual meeting of G7 leaders [...]
1. Who Should You Believe When Chatbots Go Wild? (Wired) Microsoft and others ask us to ignore their glitchy bots’ pleas for personhood. But we need better explanations—and guardrails. 2. Global Security and the Cyber Workforce Challenge (Diplomatic Courier) Cybercrime is poised to have a huge 2023, with threats from both state and non-state actors proliferating. We need to fix the cybersecurity workforce shortage-and make smart use of cybersecurity automation-to meet this growing threat, writes Sean Costigan. 3. The impact of social media on the Russia-Ukraine war (Cybernews) With millions of people worldwide using tech platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and [...]
1. Social media "sorrys" do matter (Blog by Lauren Hug) The healing power of apology. Social media spats are all too familiar these days. This post was inspired by one prominent spat and at least two more garnered attention while I was writing it. So rather than focus on the spat-du-jour (and create instantly outdated content), let’s look at the well-known pattern … 2. How AI chatbots could change online search (The Economist) They will supply tailor-made answers and create new markets 3. 10 Social Media Design Tips to Stand Out on the Feed (Hootsuite) If your social posts are [...]
1. Digital Diplomacy in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic: Lessons and Recommendations (Article by Corneliu Bjola and Michaela Coplen) This chapter analyzes the digital interventions of various ministries of foreign affairs (MFAs) in five broad areas which MFAs have prioritized during the pandemic: crisis management, international collaboration, foreign policy continuity, countering disinformation, and digital innovation. The pandemic has posed new questions for diplomats in each of these areas. After outlining broader themes of research in global trends of diplomatic adaptation during COVID-19, each of the areas above will be discussed in turn, drawing on illustrative examples and summarizing key [...]
1. Mapping the free expression landscape across the globe (Index on Censorship) The Index Index is a pilot project that uses innovative machine learning techniques to map the free expression landscape across the globe to gain a clearer country-by-country view of the state of free expression across academic, digital and media/press freedoms. Working with experts in machine learning and journalism from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), Index on Censorship has launched this pilot project to allow everyone to scour the globe to see where free expression is adequately protected or most at risk based on data compiled from leading and [...]
1. EVENT: Will AI take over diplomatic reporting? (Diplo Foundation) Reports are the lifeblood of diplomacy. Every day, thousands of reports, also known as diplomatic cables, are produced by diplomats around the world. With the advent of AI, and in particular the release of ChatGPT, we have to ask ourselves: Will AI take over diplomatic reporting? Tuesday, 7th February, 14:00 UTC (09:00 EDT | 15:00 CET | 19:30 IST) 2. EVENT: Youth and Digital Transformation: Challenges to media literacy and active citizenship The webinar will explore issues related to media literacy and active citizenship, including the importance of formal education, [...]