1. 2022 Twiplomacy World Leader Power Ranking (Twiplomacy)

2022 has been a year of change for world leaders and #Twitter. As longstanding analysts of #DigitalDiplomacy, we’ve kept a watchful eye to understand who and what drives influence on Twitter

2. The Supply of Disinformation Will Soon Be Infinite (The Atlantic)

Disinformation campaigns used to require a lot of human effort, but artificial intelligence will take them to a whole new level.

3. Semi-State Actors in Cybersecurity (Book by Florian J. Egloff)

In Semi-State Actors in Cybersecurity, Florian J. Egloff argues that political relations in cyberspace fundamentally involve concurrent collaboration and competition between states and semi-state actors. To understand the complex interplay of cooperation and competition and the power relations that exist between these actors in international relations, Egloff looks to a historical analogy: that of mercantile companies, privateers, and pirates.

4. South Korea’s Soft Power through Next-Generation Storytelling (USC CPD)

The creative industries are powerful storytellers and form an essential part of the creative economy. From K-pop and K-drama to Parasite and Webtoons, South Korea has a burgeoning, dynamic creative sector that is gaining wider global attention and recognition. Join CPD for a conversation with our U.S.-South Korea NextGen Creative fellows to discuss the key trends in storytelling and content creation, and explore implications for engagement practices in public diplomacy.

5. The Three Internets (Council on Foreign Relations)

For years, the world thought of the internet as a borderless zone that brought people from around the world together. But as governments pursue very different regulatory paths, the monolithic internet is breaking apart. Now, where there had been one, there are at least three internets: one led by the United States, one by China, and one by the European Union.

6. Confronting Reality in Cyberspace: Foreign Policy for a Fragmented Internet (Council on Foreign Relations)

The utopian vision of an open, reliable, and secure global network has not been achieved and is unlikely ever to be realized. Today, the internet is less free, more fragmented, and less secure.

7. 360/StratCom: How policymakers can set a democratic tech agenda for the interconnected world (Atlantic Council)

On December 7, the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) hosted 360/StratCom, its annual government-to-government forum, bringing policymakers and civil-society leaders together to drive forward a democratic tech agenda for the increasingly interconnected world—and ensure that is rights-respecting and inclusive.

8. How an audience intelligence platform can help governments understand their people better (GovInsider)

Here’s a question. What have people been more chatty about in 2021: NFTs or WFH (working from home)? The answer is NFTs. In 2021, there were 17 times more Tweets about NFTs than WFH. This is an insight supplied by insights solution provider, Isentia’s newly launched social listening and audience intelligence platform, Pulsar.

Beyond citizen engagement sessions or petitions, governments can turn to audience intelligence as a way to better understand their citizens and to inform the personalisation of government services.

9. How to Prepare for Life After Twitter (The New York Times)

Don’t delete your account just yet. Elon Musk’s takeover can teach us valuable lessons about our relationship with social networks.