Originally published: January 11, 2010
Last updated: January 11, 2010 - 4:29pm
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met last week with a handful of high-tech's titans to talk about how the Internet and gadgets can intersect with the nation's foreign diplomacy needs. The topic: how technology can be used to meet the nation's foreign diplomacy goals.
Sec Clinton's meeting with Google CEO Eric Schmidt, Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey, Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie and others was over a quiet and exclusive dinner in the State Department's gilded diplomatic eighth floor dining room that is steeped in American history.
The State Department's senior advisor on innovation, Alec Ross organized the dinner which also included Shervin Pishevar, CEO of mobile game company Social Gaming Network; Jason Liebman, CEO of online video aggregator Howcast; James Eberhard, founder of mobile donations company Mobile Accord; Andrew Rasiejj founder of nonprofit Personal Democracy Forum; Luis Ubinas, president of the Ford Foundation; Tiffany Shlain, founder of the Webbys Awards; and Sue Bostrom, Cisco's chief globalization officer.
The agency sees that blending as integral to its strategic vision as the nation's representatives to the rest of the world. On Jan. 21, Clinton is scheduled to give a policy speech on "Internet freedom" and a push against censorship on the Web in nations like Iran and Cuba.
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