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Diplomacy and technology. A perspective

The relationship between technology and diplomacy is a relationship we will have to get used to more and more.

In a world characterized by growing complexity, and by wars with a global scope, scenarios that open up appear increasingly inextricable.

Roland Bouffanais and Sun Sun Lim are authors of a very interesting reflection for the site The Interpreter of the think tank Lowy Institute, Computational diplomacy – the science of an art?

If the human factor continues to be decisive, it is the big game of data usage that makes the difference. Authors write: Digital disinformation, cyberwarfare and AI-driven military campaigns have changed the face of geopolitics and raised the stakes for diplomatic negotiations. In a complex and rapidly technologising world, can we conceive of diplomacy to also be enhanced by computation? Computational diplomacy is a nascent field of computational social science that seeks to marry insights from complexity science with international relations to illuminate the nature of diplomatic activity and its effects.

The frontier of “computational diplomacy” stands as an improvement on classical diplomacy, and it could not be otherwise. In the face of very serious crises, such as that in Ukraine, it is necessary to return to the noble art of diplomatic negotiation, which has been silent (beyond confidentiality) in recent months. Helping diplomatic intuition and patience with the tools of the technological revolution is essential.

Italian version

Quella tra tecnologia e diplomazia è una relazione alla quale dovremo sempre più abituarci.

In un mondo caratterizzato dalla crescente complessità, e da guerre con respiro globale, gli scenari che si aprono appaiono sempre più inestricabili.

Roland Bouffanais e Sun Sun Lim sono autori di una interessantissima riflessione per il sito The Interpreter del think tank Lowy Institute, Computational diplomacy – the science of an art?

Se il fattore umano continuerà a rivelarsi decisivo, è la grande partita dell’utilizzo dei dati a fare la differenza. Scrivono gli Autori: Digital disinformation, cyberwarfare and AI-driven military campaigns have changed the face of geopolitics and raised the stakes for diplomatic negotiations. In a complex and rapidly technologising world, can we conceive of diplomacy to also be enhanced by computation? Computational diplomacy is a nascent field of computational social science that seeks to marry insights from complexity science with international relations to illuminate the nature of diplomatic activity and its effects.

La frontiera della “computational diplomacy” si colloca come un miglioramento della diplomazia classica, e non potrebbe essere diversamente. Di fronte a crisi gravissime, come quella in Ucraina, occorre tornare alla nobilissima arte del negoziato diplomatico, peraltro silente (al di là della riservatezza) in questi mesi. Aiutare l’intuizione e la pazienza diplomatica con gli strumenti della rivoluzione tecnologica è fondamentale.