1. Digital Diplomacy: Is social media today’s central battlefield? (The Garden Event with Dr. Jennifer Cassidy)

Wednesday, March 23; 7:00 (GMT+1)

International diplomacy in the age of social media is no longer conducted by letter or considered phone call but Live-Tweeted in real time & in public. From Trump vs North Korea to the Ukraine War, how are foreign relations conducted in the Digital Age?

2. Ukraine & Civic Resistance on the 21st Century Battlefield (Byline Times)

From Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 to the full-scale invasion of Ukraine eight years later, Dr. Jennifer Cassidy explains the impact and implications of the fifth battlespace of information.

3. How Kremlin accounts manipulate Twitter (BBC)

The Russian government has a huge network of official Twitter accounts – the BBC found more than 100 of them. They range from accounts that represent foreign missions or embassies, with a few thousand followers, to those with more than a million followers. President Putin has his own account. Many of the accounts are labelled as Russian government organisations by Twitter.

4. Arnold Schwarzenegger Twitter Video

I love the Russian people. That is why I have to tell you the truth. Please watch and share.

5. A Timeline of Russian Cyberattacks on Ukraine (The Wired)

Russia has been launching some of the most disruptive cyberattacks in history against Ukraine for some years now. WIRED’s Andy Greenberg, author of the book “Sandworm,” walks us through the history of Russia’s cyberattacks against Ukraine.

6. The pandemic’s wake-up call for humanity-centered public diplomacy (Article by R. S. Zaharna)

The pandemic is re-shaping the global public’s perspective of state-centric public diplomacy in a way that prioritizes the shared connection of humanity and humanity-centered public diplomacy. This piece explores the gaps between where public diplomacy is and public diplomacy’s new global mandate for collaborative problem solving for the global good.

7. Where to process data, and how to add them up (The Economist)

You could put forward a thesis that Afghanistan was the most densely surveilled battlespace in the history of humankind,” says Mick Ryan, until recently the head of Australia’s defence college. “And that didn’t seem to help us.” For an information advantage to change the course of a war you need more than just a cornucopia of sensors; you need ways to combine their data into information that can be acted on at speed.

8. Some Russians are breaking through Putin’s digital iron curtain — leading to fights with friends and family (The Washington Post)

Pro-government propaganda saturates TV, but on Russians’ social media feeds the truth about the war is still contested.

9. Recording-Panel: Digital Diplomacy and the War in Ukraine (DigiDiplo Blog)

On Tuesday, March 15, the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group, and the Department of Communications at Ben Gurion University of the Negev held a special panel discussion on how digital diplomacy is shaping the Russia-Ukraine War.

10. National Identity and the Limits of Chinese Public Diplomacy in the Philippines (Article by Andrew Yeo)

Despite a rise in Chinese public diplomacy efforts in the Philippines, Filipino perceptions of China have mainly remained negative during the Duterte period. This article examines why and how China’s public diplomacy efforts have primarily failed despite President Duterte’s pro-China position.