State Dept. to discuss social media, diplomacy Oct. 18


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

State Dept. to discuss social media, diplomacy Oct. 18
Senior US State Dept. official Alec Ross to speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute

HOUSTON – (Oct. 18, 2012) – Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation in the Office of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will speak on the future of digital media and foreign policy, cybersecurity and the influence of social media on participatory governance and statecraft Oct. 18 at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Who:               Alec Ross, senior adviser for innovation in the Office of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Introduction by Christopher Bronk, Baker Institute fellow in information technology policy.

What:             Talk on “Social Media and Statecraft: Exploring 21st-century Diplomacy.”

When:             Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

In his remarks, Ross will explain why the U.S. must adopt a more flexible and contemporary style of diplomacy and statecraft in an increasingly connected world. Ross, who serves as senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will discuss the use of digital media in achieving foreign policy goals; threats to cybersecurity and possible solutions; and the ways in which social media is changing participatory governance and statecraft. He will also share his experiences working with political, social and business leaders around the world to use the Internet for e-diplomacy and the general betterment of U.S. relations, as well as compare 21st-century statecraft with that of the preceding era.

Ross’ talk is hosted by the Baker Institute’s Student Forum and Information Technology Policy Program, as well as Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and Fondren Library.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at or 713-348-6775. 

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