Online Diplomacy :: Who Is?

Nations that demonstrate a commitment to transparency maintain an online presence.  Many are actively involved in eDiplomacy. Global citizens have the opportunity of learning more about other countries as well as their own.

Randomly selected by skipping through the alphabet, here’s how a few countries are using online communication to manage international relations and the political process.

Algeria’s Ministère des Affaires Etrangères subscribes to transparency with a list of their recently recruited diplomatic staff.

In addition to a clearly enumerated statement of the activities and responsibilities of the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, their website also  provides contact information for its former Ambassadors. Could those experienced diplomats be instrumental in fostering citizen diplomacy?

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office uses new media effectively to communicate with citizens and global interlocutors.  Do you think these Foreign Ministry office directors write their own blogs?

Estonia votes online.  No surprise :: early adapters.

Drill through the bilingual site of the Republic of Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and there’s a page on the Ministry’s historical buildings, the brink and mortar version of their website.

Mexico‘s Secretariat of External Relations website offers standard lineup, but Mexico Government Podcasts and internet radio station reach beyond standard gov-website fare.

New Zealand‘s foreign office website offers an array of information on regional issues. Don’t see any blogs by ministers.

The Republic of Uganda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs displays tourism and business facts for site visitors.

The United States of America uses the term eDiplomacy to describe collaborative online efforts to facilitate international relations. Dipnote is the official blog.

Difficult to say how e-diplomacy functions based on a visit to the Republic of Zambia website. In the pull down menu under Government, there doesn’t seem to be a cabinet position dedicated to foreign relations.

Other notable practitioners of eDiplomacy?

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2 responses to “Online Diplomacy :: Who Is?

  1. http://washingtontechnology.com/Articles/2010/03/08/Upfront-Contract-Watch.aspx?Page=2

    The “real firestarter” of an e-diplomacy blog in Mexico is Leslie Bassett who now writes the Smart Leadership blog at U.S. Dept of State.

  2. Add Embassy facebooking sites, twitter, etc. I know they are out there. Many USA Embassies have them I would imagine you can find other eDiplomacy/governments who have their “fan sites”.

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