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Discovering Digital Diplomacy: The Case of Mediatization in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media, Media and Communication Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The increasing importance of media, especially digital media, in society has been studied widely, from identity formation to activist movements. In international relations studies digital media’s impact has focused considerably on public diplomacy 2.0. This focus has caused a more holistic view of digital diplomacy to be neglected. This study explores how digital media’s impacts as a part of mediatization are seen within the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Semi-structured interviews with 11 officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs were conducted. These led to the creation of three thematic fields. The first one looks into how the agency of the Ministry is seen to be impacted by digitalization. The second section looks into how community building is seen as essential. And the third part investigated how the ministry evaluates the impacts of digitalization on other ministries of foreign affairs in the light of its own experience. The finding is that the ministry is expanding into a new digital sphere and that in the process of so doing the Ministry is not a tabula rasa, but it mirrors the cultural and political context of the country within the online sphere. 

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Keyword [en]
Mediatization, Foreign Policy, Digital Diplomacy, Digital Media, Actor Network Theory
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-232372OAI: diva2:747680
Subject / course
Digital Media
Educational program
Master Programme in Social Sciences
Available from: 2014-09-17 Created: 2014-09-17 Last updated: 2014-09-17Bibliographically approved

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