If you’re interested in learning more about tech diplomacy practices and initiatives, foreign policy innovations, and what’s missing from the conversation, check out Tech Diplomacy Network team member Katharina Höne’s explainer for the Israel Public Policy Institute.
The course explores the emergence of tech diplomacy as a diplomatic practice, and aims to prepare practitioners for effective engagement in tech diplomacy. In particular, the course focuses on interactions between diplomats and the tech sector, and highlights the practices of various countries.
The term “tech diplomacy” has gained currency over the last five years. It refers broadly to recent shifts in diplomatic practice that have formed as a response to the increasing impact of digital technologies on global politics and international relations alongside the growing dominance of a handful of technology companies.
Last month, 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.
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.
Eugenio V. Garcia, Deputy Consul General of Brazil in San Francisco and Latin America expert at the Tech Diplomacy Network, compares tech diplomacy to related terms, such as e-diplomacy, cyber diplomacy, and digital diplomacy. In his view, tech diplomacy is a new umbrella term in international relations, relevant for tech companies, nation states, and civil society.
In this report by the Pacific Council and the Korea Foundation, Patricia Gruver, Co-Director of the Tech Diplomacy Network makes the case for tech companies being the powerbrokers in the digital age.
In this podcast episode of the Norwegian Consulate General in San Francisco, Martin Rauchbauer, Austria’s former Tech Ambassador in Silicon Valley and Co-Director of the Tech Diplomacy Network explains why in his view tech diplomacy has been on the rise.