by Feihu Li, Hubert Humphrey Fellow & Global Integrity Intern
Diplomacy is not always a serious business taking place in a formal setting. The OpenGov Hub witnessed free-and-easy diplomatic activity under its own roof on Wednesday, March 13th, when the U.S. State Department's Office of eDiplomacy’s staff came by to share an offline, off-the-record happy hour with a diverse community of individuals and organizations.
Led by Richard Boly, Director of the Office of eDiplomacy, the team spurred bursts of laughter in the party-style event named "eDip Happy Hour", while presenting the current eDiplomacy initiatives in the open workplace shared by 16 non-profit organizations. By projecting their works such as the Department’s Tech Camps, Tech@State, Virtual Student Foreign Service, and Diplopedia, the team unfolded a rather large picture of the State Department's open-technology and digital diplomacy efforts. According to some of the team members, these initiatives are becoming more and more important public diplomacy tools and Internet freedom catalysts.