How Digital Propaganda may affect EU Elections 2019: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The elections for the European Parliament this year could be viewed as the first truly digital EU elections. This is not so much because people will be able to register and, in the case of Estonians, even vote online, but because digital platforms are expected to weigh heavily on the way in which European citizens mobilise, campaign and vote in support of their parties in these elections. Normally, this should constitute good news given the declining voter turnout in European elections despite the successive rounds of enlargement in the past two decades. However, this is hardly a “normal” time for conducting elections, as the potential disruptive effect of digital disinformation looms large

Public Diplomacy in the Digital Age

The scope, volume and intensity of global data connectivity are expected to explode in the coming years. The disruption produced by this transformation will have far-reaching implications for the way in which individuals, communities and societies define and conduct themselves and for the way in which public diplomacy as a practice of building bridges with foreign publics. The full version of our article, published in the recent Special Issue of the Hague Journal of Diplomacy on "Debating Public Diplomacy: Now and Next", edited by Jian Wang and Jan Melissen, seeks to advance our understanding of how digital technologies re-sets the context in which public diplomacy operates by reshaping the

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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