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U.S. Department of State to Participate in Social Media Week New York

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 14, 2014


The U.S. Department of State will sponsor a panel discussion, “Digital Diplomacy: Making Foreign Policy Less Foreign,” as part of Social Media Week New York on February 18 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Foreign Press Center in New York City.

The panel will highlight ways the State Department is using social media to conduct diplomacy and consider both the opportunities and challenges of digital statecraft. The State Department’s public diplomacy mandate is to engage the world, advance national security and keep Americans informed. Social media is an increasingly important tool in this mission.

The panel will be moderated by Emily Parker (@emilydparker), author of Now I Know Who My Comrades Are: Voices From the Internet Underground and digital diplomacy advisor and senior fellow at the New America Foundation.

Panelists will include Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Doug Frantz (@StateDept) and Coordinator of International Information Programs Macon Phillips (@macon44). Assistant Secretary for Education and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan (@ECA_AS) will join via digital video conference.

The event will also be live-streamed at: Questions for the panel can be suggested to Emily Parker at (@emilydparker) using the hashtag #SMWState.

Journalists interested in participating in the event in New York should contact the New York Foreign Press Center ( To participate in Washington, contact Washington Foreign Press Center Media Relations Officer Stephanie Kuck (


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