Tech diplomacy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area

A fresh look five years after the first mapping in 2018, this report examines how countries engage in tech diplomacy in the San Francisco Bay Area. The report maps a selection of diplomatic representations to illustrate the variety of approaches engaged and identifies both the benefits and challenges for countries and tech companies in pursuing the practice of tech diplomacy.

Tech Diplomacy Has a Home

On February 21, 2023, diplomats of 25 countries in the San Francisco Bay Area, international organizations, and private tech companies gathered at the World Economic Forum in San Francisco and launched the Tech Diplomacy Network, a new platform for informal exchange, trust building, and collaboration. The network will be home to a community of tech diplomats based in Silicon Valley, sharing best practices and facilitating dialogue on technology strategy, governance, and policy.