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.
In 2017, Denmark appointed the first-ever tech ambassador. Tech diplomacy has since become a prominent term describing new diplomatic practices and the rising power of tech companies. On a practical level, it takes the form of tech ambassadors and other envoys, dedicated foreign policy strategies, and specialised units within ministries of foreign affairs. On a more philosophical level, it raises questions about shifts in sovereignty, the future of diplomatic practice, and how to negotiate humanistic values vis-à-vis tech companies.
The course is developed by DipoFoundation with support from the Tech Diplomacy Network.