1. WhatsApp with Diplomatic Practices in Geneva? Diplomats, Digital Technologies, and Adaptation in Practice (Article by Jeremie Cornut, Ilan Manor and Corinne Blumenthal)

Instead of separating digital practices from offline/traditional ways of doing things, we build on the practice turn in International Relations and develop a nuanced framework in which improvising agents in a transformed context adapt to new realities while continuously being influenced by past ways of doing things—a phenomenon called “hysteresis” by practice turners.

2. The Future of Digital Cooperation: Building resilience through safe, trusted, and inclusive digital public infrastructure (United Nations)

Building on the 77th UNGA theme of “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,” this event will highlight pioneering initiatives and leaders that are ushering in a new era of country-led digital cooperation to build safe, trusted, and inclusive digital public infrastructure (DPI).

3. Digital Diplomacy: Game of Codes in Geo-Politics (Financial Express)

Diplomacy is at the core of geopolitics today. But what is changing so fast is the tools of diplomacy. That is digital diplomacy. Big Tech is becoming a full fledge stakeholders and player in foreign policy. Then how is it unfolding in the policy planning as it is about understanding technology and all stakeholders in the tech spectrum and beyond?

4. Rivalry in the Information Sphere – Russian Conceptions of Information Confrontation (Article by Michelle Grisé, Alyssa Demus, Yuliya Shokh, Marta Kepe, Jonathan W. Welburn and Khrystyna Holynska)

In this report, the authors examine prevailing definitions and types of information confrontation, and they discuss the historical evolution of Russian (and Soviet) influence operations and psychological warfare, from 18th-century Imperial Russia up to the Vladimir Putin era.

5. Most Followed UN Leaders on Twitter in 2022 (DigiTips)

6. Technology’s latest innovation is a remote-controlled cyborg cockroach (Mashable)

While a cyborg cockroach is probably the last thing you want to imagine, this technology is being developed with good intentions. Researchers at the RIKEN institute in Japan have designed a remote-controlled, rechargeable cyborg cockroach — that can be used for search-and-rescue missions in hazardous areas and to monitor the environment. These are live cockroaches that are laden with technology that allows scientists to control their movements.

7. The Philosophy of Information (Book by Luciano Floridi)

This book lays down, for the first time, the conceptual foundations for this new area of research. It does so systematically, by pursuing three goals. Its metatheoretical goal is to describe what the philosophy of information is, its problems, approaches, and methods. Its introductory goal is to help the reader to gain a better grasp of the complex and multifarious nature of the various concepts and phenomena related to information. Its analytic goal is to answer several key theoretical questions of great philosophical interest, arising from the investigation of semantic information.

8. How Content moderation is changing how we speak — and dictating who gets heard (Mashable)

Content moderation is changing the way we speak to each other, for better or worse. On TikTok, we say “le dollar bean” instead of “lesbian” because of a perceived ban on the word; we refer to suicide as “unaliving” and sex as “seggs.” But what works on one platform doesn’t always work on another, and this lexicon can sound clunky and bloated when used across social media sites — and even more inchoate when it graduates to offline conversations.