The Ethics of Digital Diplomacy (due April 2016):
RQ: What are the ethical red-lines of digital diplomacy and why do they matter? Drawing on a large data set of codes of practices developed by MFAs around the world to govern the use of social media in diplomatic communication, the paper classifies, compares and analyses the normative configurations underpinning the evolving practice of digital diplomacy.
Digital Diplomatic Trolling as Symbolic Violence (due June 2016): RQ: What is digital diplomatic trolling (DDT), how it works and how effectively? The paper argues that DDT represents a particular form of symbolic violence that serves to mark a contested boundary between competing frames of diplomatic communication. Using this definition, the paper goes on to discuss four major types of DDT - frame buffering, narrative denial, ad hominem attack and subversive ridicule – and to assess their impact.