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VIDEO: Fletcher Panel at SXSW Interactive Examines "Foreign Policy in the Digital Age"

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Austin’s renowned SXSW Interactive Festival draws more than 30,000 digital natives, creatives and technologists from all over the world for an intense 5 days of conference workshops and presentations.

While previous years’ witnessed the launch of social platform giants like Twitter, this year’s conference saw a greater focus on issues of privacy, data security, politics, and diplomacy—from keynote Edward Snowden to panels on political memes—signaling a demand for more participation by academics and practitioners of international affairs.

Aiming to ignite a conversation among such digital natives about digital/social tools and foreign policy, The Fletcher School convened a panel of experts at the intersection of security, economic development, diplomacy, human rights and Internet freedom. Moderated by journalist Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) of The Guardian, the panel included Fletcher alumni:

  • Admiral James Stavridis (@stavridisj), Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University and former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO (Fletcher MALD ’83, PhD ’84)
  • Farah Pandith (@farah_pandith), Harvard IOP Fellow and (former) the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the U.S. Department of State (Fletcher MALD ‘95)
  • Joshua Haynes (@joshuahaynes), Senior Development Technologist + Media Adviser, USAID’s Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (Fletcher MIB ’10)

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