March 8, 2019

Like many other technologies, digital platforms come with a dual-use challenge that is, they can be used for peace or war, for good or evil, for offense or defence. The same tools that allow ministries of Foreign Affairs and embassies to reach out to millions of people...

November 29, 2018

Commenting on the challenges that the Digital Age has generated for the craft of diplomacy, the former U.S. Secretary, John Kerry, provocatively remarked that “the term digital diplomacy is almost redundant -- it's just diplomacy, period.” For Kerry, digital technologi...

August 9, 2017

According to Boin et al., public leadership during times of crisis must be prepared to address four distinct stages: sense making, in which participants try to grasp the nature, severity, and likely consequences of the unfolding crisis; decision making whereby the who,...

July 19, 2017

The fascinating aspect of technological disruption is its remarkable capacity for both destruction and creation. By marginalizing or even abolishing ways in which people do things in a specific field of activity, new technologies create pervasive conditions for active...

March 26, 2017

There is little doubt that images are becoming increasingly popular in online communication, in general, and digital diplomacy, in particular. Visual content helps maximize the reach and engagement of the online message as users do tend to spend more time looking at im...

January 13, 2017

From a digital perspective, 2016 has arguably been the year of emotions running high—either in the shadow of tragic terrorist attacks in Brussels, Istanbul, Nice, Ankara, Berlin—or prompted by high-profile political events such as the Brexit referendum in UK, the Turki...

June 21, 2016

On the 20th of May, 2016, the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group (#DigDiploROx) held a one-day seminar at the University of Oxford focused on Diaspora diplomacy in the digital age. Convened by Professor Corneliu Bjola together with Jennifer Cassidy and Ilan Manor...

March 11, 2016

Measuring the impact of digital diplomacy using quantitative metrics (number of followers, retweets, shares, likes and so on) has become a general practice among MFAs and for good reasons. Quantitative indicators allow MFAs to see how far their message travels online (...

January 13, 2016

One of the most sought after metrics in social network analysis is influence. Finding out who the most important users are in the network and how they leverage their influence online is of great value for maximizing the impact of one’s message on social networks. Degre...

December 11, 2015

Retweeting is arguably one of the most powerful tools that Twitter users have at their disposal to leverage social influence online and enhance message dissemination.  Some social media experts go as far as to claim that social standing on Twitter is actually defined n...

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Prof. Corneliu Bjola

I'm an Oxford scholar seeking to make sense of "unknown unknowns" in international diplomacy, a data viz. aficionado, and an unrepentant Big Lebowski fan ("lotta ins, lotta outs, lotta what-have-you's..").

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