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CIC National Capital (Ottawa): Politics at the Pub: Digital Diplomacy in the Current Era of Foreign Affairs

November 27, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST


The rapid growth of digital media and information technologies has broadened the realm of political discourse and public diplomacy. The concept of digital diplomacy, including what some refer to as “Twitter diplomacy”, has been around for some time now, with varying approaches taken by different countries and governments. What has digital diplomacy achieved so far? How has it evolved from initial expectations? How effective is it as a means of influencing foreign affairs? Where do future opportunities lie?

Spend the evening with us as our panel addresses the value of this emerging field and discusses how different state and non-state actors are getting involved in this new generation of diplomacy and foreign affairs.


Martha McLean: Martha is the Deputy Director for Advocacy Campaigns and Digital Engagement at Global Affairs Canada, where she manages and guides the digital communication and engagement work for Canada’s network of Embassies, High Commissions, and Consulates. She also co-developed and chaired the “e8” meeting of leading foreign ministry digital practices in 2008.

Howard Fremeth: Howard is a senior consultant with the Ottawa office of NATIONAL Public Relations and a lecturer on digital diplomacy and professional communications at Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communications. He previously served as Director of Communications at the Embassy of Israel in Canada.

Trevor Kerr: Trevor is currently the Head of Communications at the British High Commission in Ottawa. Previously, he served eight years as the High Commission’s Digital Communications Officer where he developed digital campaigns around a number of high profile public diplomacy activities including ministerial visits, global conferences, and even a British-themed flash dance!

Tickets are only $5 for members and $10 for non-members and include a glass of wine or a beer. Tickets are sold at the door or online.


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Deadline for registration and cancellation is on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Branch-based Contact Person,  Snookie Lomow, ottawa@thecic.org


November 27, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Red Lion Pub
47 Clarence Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9K1 Canada
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