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Diplomacy in the age of Twitter. Speech by Ministro Terzi

Do the social network and new media influence diplomacy? Can they be a credible source for the formation of public opinion on international policy issues? These are some of the concerns that will be the focus of the forum entitled “Diplomacy in the age of Twitter” organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the City of Turin, with the collaboration of daily newspaper La Stampa. The event will take place on Thursday 14 June at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization in Turin.

Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Alec Ross will introduce the forum, followed by speakers Minister for Foreign Affairs Giulio Terzi, Mayor of Turin Piero Fassino, Editor-in-Chief of La Stampa Mario Calabresi and Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni.

Session agenda

10.30 Registration

11.00 Introduction by Ministry spokesperson Giuseppe Manzo

11.05 Speech by the Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Alec Ross
21st Century statecraft, Web 2.0 and management of political priorities of the States and the international community. Role of the Web in international crises. The shifting of political power structures in our interconnected world.

11.20 Panel discussion

Speech by Minister for Foreign Affairs Giulio Terzi
Italian diplomacy facing the opportunities of e-Diplomacy

Speech by Mayor of Turin Piero Fassino
Language and public policies at the time of Internet

Speech by La Stampa Editor-in-Chief Mario Calabresi
Significance for traditional media of the challenge posed by social media

Speech by Tunisian blogger Lina Ben Mhenni
Social media and the Arab Spring, twitter as a tool for social gathering and protest

12.00 Q&A

12.30 Replies and closing of the Forum