Hey, Alec, at the State Department, is helping pioneer something new, about more than public diplomacy, a lot about "treating people like you want to be treated."
For the first time in its history, the State Department is
conducting international relations by encouraging online interaction
between individual Americans and foreigners. But the risks associated
with this approach are unknown so far, said the department's new media
strategist on Monday.
Calling the tactic, "21st century statecraft," Alec Ross, senior
adviser for innovation to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, explained
that this use of information technology to move beyond "traditional
government-to-government diplomacy to people-to-people diplomacy" is "a
big move forward in terms of how the State Department engages with the
wider world." Ross spoke at a public discussion hosted by the Center
for American Progress, a Washington think tank.