The Digital Diplomacy Coalition (DDC) was initially created as a community and resource for the Washington-based diplomatic and international affairs community with the goal of expanding globally and virtually. Our first event was held May 2012 in Washington, DC, in partnership with Google.
Since our founding, the Coalition has expanded to new cities and welcomed more than 4,000 diplomats, technologists, academics, and innovators, along with the general public, to a diverse set of events in Washington, Ottawa and New York City.
The DDC is an international, independent, volunteer-driven community. The Coalition was founded by Scott Nolan Smith, Roos Kouwenhoven, Jed Shein and Floris Winters in 2012 in Washington, DC.
The Digital Diplomacy Coalition (DDC) is led by a global board, providing vision and guidance, and setting the strategic goals to grow and foster a strong global community.
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A DDC Chapter is a local (city, country or regional) community designed to bring together the diplomatic, international affairs and tech groups in their region. Each DDC Chapter is led by a group of volunteers from the region who are interested in developing events and programs for the community.
Community & Events
First and foremost we’re a community, united by our interest in enhancing and learning about the intersection of technology and diplomacy. Our community is both online and offline, united in person at events or through interactions on our social media channels.
The DDC hosts numerous panels, workshops, socials and conferences throughout the year for diplomats, technologists and the general public. Local chapters unite and engage the communities, with a special emphasis on the diplomatic and government communities through workshops designed to review and highlight digital diplomacy best practices.
The Digital Diplomacy Coalition (DDC) partners with other groups and organizations to further our mission of bringing together the diplomatic, international affairs and tech communities to leverage digital technologies for diplomacy. We partner with groups for individual events, global projects and both short and long term initiatives.
Groups or organizations interested in partnering with or supporting the DDC or our events should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.