Sunday 22 Jul 2018 | 22:50 | SYDNEY

Technology and the rapid spread of the internet and mobile phones are changing the way diplomacy is being conducted. Leading diplomatic services are adapting, but many are being left behind. New digital tools mean foreign ministries need to change the way they communicate, manage staff, pursue foreign policy goals and solve problems.

Australia’s own Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a lot of catching up to do. It also has a lot to gain from adopting these new platforms.

This Wednesday Lowy Lunch was delivered by Fergus Hanson, author of the recent Lowy Institute Policy Brief, A digital DFAT: joining the 21st century.


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