From Digital Diplomacy to Data Diplomacy

Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Joshua Sortino on Unsplash
Joshua Sortino on Unsplash

The digital revolution arrived late at the heart of ministries of foreign affairs across the Western world. Deep social and political impacts are unfolding. And yet, foreign ministries are still comparatively under-equipped with the diagnostic capacity to identify, analyze and act in an anticipatory way on the waves of information rolling through the digital realm. This digital deficit is bound to become a true Achilles heel as technological progress forges steadily ahead. To be sure, the advent of greater data capacities holds promises — not just challenges — for diplomacy.

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