Public Diplomacy in the Digital Age

In: The Hague Journal of Diplomacy
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  • a Oxford Department of International Development, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3TB, United Kingdom
  • | b St Peter’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 2DL, United Kingdom
  • | c St Cross College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3LZ, United Kingdom

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As data fast become the ‘new oil’, the opportunities for public diplomacy to grow as a field of practice are real and game-changing. Drawing on social informatics research, this article seeks to advance our understanding of how digital technologies shape the context in which public diplomacy operates by reshaping the medium of public communication, blurring the boundary between foreign and domestic affairs and empowering new actors. Despite inevitable challenges, the future of public diplomacy in the digital age remains bright, as digital technologies create tremendous opportunities for public diplomacy to build stronger, more diverse and more enduring bridges between offline and online communities.

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