The Secretary of the State, Hillary Clinton, recently conducted her last “Global Town Hall” meeting through video conferencing. This meeting enabled students around the world to not only view, but participate in this meeting. This participation was made possible by using video conferencing solutions, such as internet phone technology (like IP Video Conferencing), Skype, Twitter, and Facebook. Through these connections, Clinton was able to field questions and answer them in real-time.
This connection ability has a huge impact on journalists and social media professionals everywhere. Within the hour she was capable of speaking to six different countries and with future leaders of the world.
In her talk, Clinton noted that communication and technology (video conferencing) are huge parts of diplomacy. The State Department uses social media and related technology such as Facebook and Twitter. Further, Clinton has required all foreign-service officers and ambassadors to be educated in social media. Her reasoning for using video conferencing technology to conduct these meetings through VoIP (Voice over IP) is that people (especially young people) are hungry for dialogue and information. She also stated that these people deserve to have their questions answered and opinions heard as they are the individuals who will shape the future of our world.