Tech Diplomacy Event – How Governments Engage with the Tech Sector

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The practice of digital and tech diplomacy is on the rise. Tech diplomacy requires countries and tech companies to adopt new approaches to current digital policy issues. As a new form of diplomatic representation and an emerging issue on the diplomatic agenda, new venues and actors need to be engaged. To this end, Diplo has published the report Tech Diplomacy Practice in the San Francisco Bay Area which examines specific exchanges between diplomatic representations and tech companies, and maps the existing benefits and challenges.

This event aims to broaden the discussion on the practice of tech diplomacy and its place in global digital policy processes, such as the UN Global Digital Compact. We will compare national approaches, and discuss the practice from a development and human rights perspective.

The presentation of the report starts at 18:00 (local time in Washington, D.C.) and will be followed by a panel discussion with a Q&A session. We will welcome a variety of stakeholders to represent a wide range of perspectives and allow for a lively exchange throughout the event.

This event is organised by the Embassy of Switzerland in the USA in partnership with Diplo. The event will be held in situ only, and attendance is by invitation.

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