The Legacy Factor In eDiplomacy Messages

It’s not a topic I’ve found any discussion around as of this posting (put a link in the comment section if you know of one) and that is the legacy of online content. As in once it’s out there, you can’t really take it back. A blog post might be taken down or a Twitter account deleted, but if someone else has copied it, taken a screen shot or re-tweeted, there’s little to nothing that can be effectively done.

This hasn’t seemed to raise it’s head yet in a negative way for any senior diplomats or officials, but as with everything online, it’s only a matter of time. There was an issue in 2009 when two of then Secretary of State Clinton’s young aides got a mild wrist slap from American media on a trip to Syria; but that’s been about it. Most communications and messages sent out by diplomats are well considered. Even Iran’s President Rouhani’s tweet about his phone call with President Obama went around the world and made mainstream news media. There is some bashing politically within a country, but that is domestic, not international.

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One can be sure such an issue is covered in training and diplomats understand very well the use of words. One might suggest when it does happen it will likely come from a more junior staffer.

Do you know of any instances? Do you think it will happen?

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