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Digital Diplomacy Series – The News, the Internet, and Foreign Policy

February 13, 2017 – First Digital Diplomacy Series panel discussion of 2017 focused on on the intersection between the news and the Internet. How’s foreign policy told by mainstream media and online? What’s the role of the so-called fake news phenomenon in the foreign policy realm?

2017 is a very important year for Italy on the international stage. In addition to seating in the UN Security Council, this year we hold the presidency of the G7 which will peak at the end of May with the G7 Summit in Taormina, the first for the Trump administration and for several other leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, our own Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, and the next President of France. To highlight the Italian Presidency of the G7 and better outreach to our audience here in the US, the Embassy has launched a campaign on social media. I invite everybody to follow @G7inUS on Twitter and check out our Medium publication G7inUS and Medium profile @ItalyinUS.

Panel:

– Bernadette Meehan, Former National Security Council Spokesperson at the White House (moderator)
– Rosie Gray, Politics and Global Affairs Writer, The Atlantic
– Matt Higginson, Head of Politics and Government Affairs, Medium
– Brad Klapper, Acting National Security Editor, The Associated Press
– Jessica Schulberg, Foreign Affairs Reporter, The Huffington Post

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