Since the first edition of Diplomacy Camp issues like disinformation, AI and the civic impact of digital technology have only become more contentious, particularly in Europe.
The Hague Digital Diplomacy Camp is organised by The Netherlands Ministry for Foreign Affairs in cooperation with: Hybrid Space Lab, USC Centre on Public Diplomacy, RNW Media, University of Oxford #DigDiplROx, and Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited 150 diplomats, journalists, NGOs, academics, technologists and entrepreneurs to discuss these issues and work on solutions at the second “Brussels” edition of the unconference ‘Digital Diplomacy Camp’ on Thursday 7 February 2019 at its Permanent Representation to the EU in Brussels.
“Since the first edition of Diplomacy Camp issues like disinformation, AI and the civic impact of digital technology have only become more contentious, particularly in Europe. With Brexit on the horizon, European elections looming, the rise of China as a technological superpower and continuing security challenges on the continent’s eastern and southern flanks, Europe’s diplomats need to grasp the opportunities and threats of digital technology now, more than ever.”
Transferring ideas from one field to another is an acknowledged innovation method. Uprooting concepts and tools from their original context and applying them elsewhere allows for outside-the-box adaptive thinking and previously unthought-of hybrid solutions. As digitalization is the common denominator that nowadays brings about major changes in almost all fields, the ‘transfer’ of digital innovation concepts could optimally promote innovative creative thinking processes.
If we stretch our vision beyond the immediate fields of application, how can AI, Fintech, mobility start-ups, platform economy and other digital innovations inform diplomacy?