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Since the 1980s, new forms of alternative diplomacies are rising which are enacted not only by states but also by non-state actors as international organizations and companies or similar entities. This contributed to the increased complexity in the communications between international actors, impeding the states to ignore these new evolving features of global governance. Nevertheless, the pre-eminence of state diplomacy is still strong and they still maintain their central role in the international foreign policy setting.
Since scientific knowledge doesn't become depleted when shared, and once published in the public domain it is available to be accessed by anyone, it can be characterized as public goods. CERN, as a large-scale multinational scientific establishment, presents an ideal example to study the public value of scientific output. The study summarized below, published by researchers at the University Santiago de Compostela as part of the Science Policy Reports book series, constructs the perception of the public towards scientific activities at CERN by analyzing big data collected via Twitter posts.
Capitol, January 6th
For long enough, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and so many other social media platforms have allowed the creation of echo chambers promoting wild conspiracy theories and false news. If not all the incidents before, at least what happened at the US Capitol should show us that violence, incited through various online disinformation campaigns, has moved from the online to the offline world already a long time ago.
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