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Newsline: State Department kicks off new cyber diplomacy endeavor

The U.S.’s once sleepy cyber diplomacy efforts are getting a jumpstart as a new State Department office gets its leadership. The country’s first cyber ambassador, Nathaniel Fick, started on the job last week after the Senate approved his nomination on Sept. 15. Fick, a former tech executive and entrepreneur, is leading the Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy, which opened in April, as its ambassador at large. He made his international debut on the job as part of the U.S. delegation at this week’s International Telecommunication Union’s conference in Bucharest, Romania. The Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital Policy is designed to focus on international cyber conflicts and negotiations, as well as promoting internet freedom and open communications. (https://www.axios.com/2022/09/30/cyber-diplomacy-state-department-nathaniel-fick) Ever since the Trump administration dismantled the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues in 2017, the U.S. has faced scrutiny for lacking a high-profile position dedicated solely to cyber diplomacy. In the meantime, other countries have been leading the charge in establishing tech- and cyber-focused ambassador positions. Denmark even created an ambassador to Silicon Valley.

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