The top firms in California’s Silicon Valley carry more weight on the global stage than many countries, which makes building diplomatic relations with them increasingly important, the world’s first national technology ambassador said.
Chosen to fill what his country’s foreign ministry has dubbed the first “techplomacy” posting on the U.S. West Coast, Denmark’s Casper Klynge will be tasked with building direct ties between his country and the likes of Facebook, Apple and Alphabet’s Google.
“We are to continue doing traditional diplomacy with countries and organizations, but we also have to start looking into what relation you can have with these big tech companies,” Klynge told Reuters in an interview.
The aim was to help Denmark understand the impact of rapid changes in digital technology while promoting the country’s interests and values – setting up a channel of communication that would also benefit the companies.
“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.
In economic terms, the new partners are comparable.
Denmark’s 2016 gross domestic product was 2.06 trillion Danish crowns ($310 billion), sitting between …read more
Source:: Fortune.com – Tech