In a world where unlimited information, whether classified or not, can be distributed to billions of people simultaneously, and where a simple social media post can start a revolution, the implications of digital media are immense and widespread. At this event, Alec Ross will explain why the United States must adopt a more flexible and contemporary style of diplomacy and statecraft in an increasingly connected world. Ross, who serves as senior adviser on innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will discuss the use of digital media in achieving foreign policy goals; threats to cybersecurity and possible solutions; and the ways in which social media is changing participatory governance and statecraft. Ross will share his experiences working with political, social and business leaders around the world to utilize the Internet for e-diplomacy and the general betterment of U.S. relations, as well as compare 21st-century statecraft with that of the preceding era.
This Technology, Society and Public Policy lecture is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Student Forum and Information Technology Policy Program, as well as Rice University"s Ken Kennedy Institute for Information Technology and Fondren Library.