Social media termed citizens’ diplomacy


From an online campaign to get visa restrictions on both sides of the border eased to using social media for change and expressing opinions that the mainstream media might not be interested in, discussions on day one of the two-day 2012 Pakistan-India Social Media Mela gave a chance for ‘alternative’ viewpoints to be heard.

The event, organised by US consulates general in Karachi and Lahore on Friday, saw social media practitioners from both sides of the border under one roof.

In his speech, US counsel general William Martin said that social media often highlighted the issues overlooked by the mainstream media.

Calling it citizens’ diplomacy, he hoped that both sides of the border would see stronger ties and make the most of common opportunities.

India, Pakistan and mutual goals

Though the highly anticipated session ‘The promise and perils of social media’ by Indian journalist Burkha Dutt could not take place as she had some visa and flight issues and things went down after a Skype call failed due to technical glitches, she did get her point across… read more


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