Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Monday June 19, 2017

Silicon Valley Techplomats More Powerful than Many Countries

The first "techplomat" has arrived! Denmark is the first country to officially recognize Silicon Valley as being more important than diplomacy with many countries. Obviously other countries have been working with Silicon Valley tech giants at length before this, but it is interesting to see an official post created to specifically reach out rather than it being government piecemeal. Let's all say it together....

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That does not really just roll off the tongue does it?

"If you look at these companies' involvement and significance for you and me, many of them have a much greater degree of influence than most nations," he said in comments cleared for publication late on Friday.

Looking at the logic behind this seems to us that Denmark is dead on in its decision to play nice with social media and tech companies that have so much reach into the world of politics and society overall. Given how much encrypted information is shared across these networks, there is no doubt that governments want (more) access to this data.