Past Event


Terrorist attacks and server stacks: Digital diplomacy at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

3 March 2011 17:00–18:30

Chichester Lecture Theatre, University of Sussex

Part of the event series, Sussex Development Lectures

About the lecture 

‘Digital diplomacy’ is solving foreign policy problems using digital media. It has been a ‘fringe’ pursuit but it is now a mainstream activity for governments around the globe. Amongst the practitioners, the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office has one of the longest-serving operations in this field. This lecture, from its Head of Networks, provides an account of how digital diplomacy has been embedded in the FCO and explores the challenges ahead in both operational and policy contexts.

About the speaker 

Ross Ferguson is Head of Networks in the Digital Diplomacy Group at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office; he oversees the Group’s technology and global teams. Previously, he delivered digital engagement strategies for government departments through the Central Office of Information, and also served as Director of eDemocracy for the Hansard Society.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception