How tech, laws and leadership impede digital diplomacy

To Inform is to Influence

By Chase Gunter

May 10, 2017

Digital diplomacy, a priority for the State Department under the Obama administration, appears to be at a crossroads.

At a May 9 State Department meeting held at George Washington University, former Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), who chaired the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said that what made the Russian attempts to spread disinformation during the 2016 election particularly alarming — and effective — was that they were based on distorting the facts of real stories so that the result “wasn’t so outrageous that it didn’t make sense.”

Ory Rinat, digital lead of the State Department’s transition team, said the U.S needs to change the way it measures effectiveness in public and digital diplomacy.

“We talk about all the right things … but we’re not really forcing ourselves to be up to speed with doing all of those things,” he said, adding that across…

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