About the Annual Conference
Rapid development and interconnectedness have directly transformed practices of diplomacy as an instrument of foreign policy. One of the many interpretations of diplomacy in the digital age refers to the use of various social media platforms and Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based innovations to conduct diplomacy and leverage outcomes. As a tool, digital diplomacy is being utilized by almost every country in the world. However, it remains a challenge to understand its effectiveness and limitations, as well as on how it changes the core function of diplomacy.
Adding to the challenge, as one of the most dynamic digital landscapes in the world, home to the fastest adopters of new technologies and the largest concentration of mobile and social media users, Asia-Pacific has offered a divergent approach in adopting digital diplomacy. The annual conference will serve as a platform for governments and stakeholders in the region to discuss opportunities and challenges regarding how diplomats and stakeholders use ICT to communicate and formulate policy recommendations. Digital Diplomacy conference will also enable future cooperation in narrowing the technological and digital divide in the region.
About Regional Conference on Digital Diplomacy (RCDD) 2019
As a follow up to the International Seminar on Digital Diplomacy: Beyond Social Media that took place in Jakarta, on 12 July 2018, the Government of Indonesia will be hosting a Regional Conference on Digital Diplomacy (RCDD) in Jakarta on 10 September 2019 themed “Digital Diplomacy: Challenges and Opportunities”. The conference will host experts in the field of digital diplomacy, coming from think tanks, government ministries and institutions from across the region.