National Security Archive: A Diplomatic Domain? The Evolution of Diplomacy in Cyberspace

National Security Archive: A Diplomatic Domain? The Evolution of Diplomacy in Cyberspace. “The recent passage of the ‘Cyber Diplomacy Act of 2021’ by the House of Representatives suggests U.S. lawmakers are eager to expand the U.S.’s toolbox for addressing cyber threats to explicitly include diplomacy, according to a compilation of policy records posted today by the nongovernmental National Security Archive. Introduced on the heels of the SolarWinds breach, the bill would establish a new ‘Bureau of International Cyberspace Policy.’”

CNN: Biden ramps up vaccine diplomacy efforts as hopes rise that he’ll share surplus doses

CNN: Biden ramps up vaccine diplomacy efforts as hopes rise that he’ll share surplus doses. “President Joe Biden, well on his way to reaching a new goal of vaccinating 200 million Americans by the end of April, is taking initial steps toward helping other nations ramp up shots, including by boosting global manufacturing and appointing a top global health expert who previously advocated for shipping vaccines from the United States’ surplus abroad.”

US Embassy in Singapore: Chargé d’Affaires Mansour Launches USSG55 Campaign Celebrating 55 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the U.S. and Singapore

US Embassy in Singapore: Chargé d’Affaires Mansour Launches USSG55 Campaign Celebrating 55 Years of Diplomatic Relations between the U.S. and Singapore. “On Monday, April 5, 2021, Chargé d’Affaires Rafik Mansour launched U.S. Embassy Singapore’s USSG55 campaign celebrating 55 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Singapore. Starting this month, a combination of digital and traditional media elements branded with #USSG55 will showcase the United States and Singapore’s shared history, built on a strong foundation for a secure, prosperous, and innovative shared future. To kick off the campaign, a dedicated website will serve as a portal for the year’s events, programs, press releases, photographs, and more.”

Vietnam+: Photo exhibition marks 60 years of Vietnam – Morocco diplomatic ties

Vietnam+: Photo exhibition marks 60 years of Vietnam – Morocco diplomatic ties. “In celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and the Kingdom of Morocco (March 27, 1961 – March 27, 2021), the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Vietnam have coordinated to organise an online exhibition featuring 20 photos of high-level diplomatic activities between the two countries, selected from VNA’s photo archive.”

The Verge: Welcome to the age of vaccine diplomacy

The Verge: Welcome to the age of vaccine diplomacy. “Millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines currently sitting in United States warehouses are now destined for vaccination sites in Mexico and Canada, according to the White House. The donation marks one of the US’ first steps into the dawning — and deeply contentious — world of late-stage pandemic vaccine diplomacy.”

Vietnam+: Digital library traces Vietnam-France cultural, historical interaction

Vietnam+: Digital library traces Vietnam-France cultural, historical interaction. “Formed under cooperation between the National Library of Vietnam and the BnF, the library brings together more than 2,000 remarkable documents, from collections of the two national libraries and their partners… The website is available in both French and Vietnamese. The documents include prints, manuscripts, maps, drawings and photographs, testifying the interaction of culture, history and science between the two countries from the 17th to the 20th century.”

SupChina: U.S., Japan, and Australia to help India compete with China’s vaccine diplomacy

SupChina: U.S., Japan, and Australia to help India compete with China’s vaccine diplomacy. “One billion doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be produced in India and distributed to Southeast Asian countries, with the help of the U.S., Japan, and Australia. The initiative, an output of the informal ‘Quad’ alliance, is an attempt to counter Chinese vaccine diplomacy in the region.”

CNN: The worldwide web as we know it may be ending

CNN: The worldwide web as we know it may be ending. “Over the last year, the worldwide web has started to look less worldwide. Europe is floating regulation that could impose temporary bans on US tech companies that violate its laws. The United States was on the verge of banning TikTok and WeChat, though the new Biden administration is rethinking that move. India, which did ban those two apps as well of dozens of others, is now at loggerheads with Twitter.”

Johns Hopkins University: New website predicts likelihood of cyberattacks between nations

Johns Hopkins University: New website predicts likelihood of cyberattacks between nations. “The Cyber Attack Predictive Index devised by computer science professor Anton Dahbura along with cybersecurity lecturer Terry Thompson and former undergraduate Divya Rangarajan provides a predictive analysis of nations most likely to engage in the surreptitious strategy waged with keyboards, code, and destructive malware rather than soldiers, tanks and airplanes.”

ReliefWeb: Dedicated ‘United Nations Disarmament Yearbook’ website, now live, spotlights core peace, security challenges as global organization turns 75

ReliefWeb: Dedicated ‘United Nations Disarmament Yearbook’ website, now live, spotlights core peace, security challenges as global organization turns 75. “The Office for Disarmament Affairs launched a new website today featuring the latest version of the United Nations Disarmament Yearbook….This new digital platform allows diplomats, technical experts, journalists and other readers to effortlessly navigate through a comprehensive overview of key developments and trends from the past year with respect to multilateral disarmament, non‑proliferation and arms control. The forty‑fourth edition of the Yearbook and its website include, for the first time, a collection of explanatory graphics and charts as well as a full chapter on gender issues in disarmament.”

National libraries have potential to play crucial role in promoting interaction between nations: Al Kuwari (The Peninsula)

The Peninsula: National libraries have potential to play crucial role in promoting interaction between nations: Al Kuwari. “National libraries have the potential to play a crucial role in promoting constructive interaction and sharing knowledge between nations, said H E Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, Minister of State and President of Qatar National Library, while speaking at a virtual forum recently. Qatar National Library and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) held the forum on ‘Cultural Diplomacy: The Role of National Libraries in Developing Nations,’ and brought together government leaders, foreign ministers, high commissioners and independent policy advisers.”

TNW: Mike Pompeo wants to build the US a ‘clean’ internet free of Chinese tech

TNW: Mike Pompeo wants to build the US a ‘clean’ internet free of Chinese tech. “With the Clean Carrier policy, Pompeo wants to keep Chinese network companies out of the US networks. Clean Store and Clean Apps initiative signal towards booting out untrustworthy and potentially dangerous apps from phones of folks in the US. Clean Cloud is aimed towards keeping the cloud data out of reach from the Chinese companies. And finally, Clean Cable policy is to ensure that China is not spying on the country by sabotaging undersea cables.”

NBC News: Countries pledge $8 billion for coronavirus vaccine, but U.S. absent

NBC News: Countries pledge $8 billion for coronavirus vaccine, but U.S. absent. “An international campaign to find a vaccine for the coronavirus raised $8 billion from governments and organizations on Monday, but the United States was notably absent from the effort. The European Commission co-led a virtual conference in response to the World Health Organization’s appeal for global collaboration in the response to the pandemic, which saw support from leaders across Europe, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Canada. China, where the virus originated, was only represented by its ambassador to the European Union.”

Wired: Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the US Border

Wired: Iran Tensions Increase Social Media Surveillance at the US Border. “Just days after the United States assassinated Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, US Customs and Border Protection reportedly detained more than 60 Iranian Americans and Iranians, including children, at the US–Canada border. Multiple sources present claim that while some of those detained were held, in certain cases for up to 10 hours, CBP confiscated some of their phones, ordered them to hand over their social media passwords, and questioned them about their political views and social media activity.”