About the Author: Katie Dowd serves as the New Media Director at the U.S. Department of State.
Today, it is a pleasure and an honor to announce the launch of a new and improved www.state.gov. Home to millions of page views a month, state.gov brings visiting audiences information every day on our major foreign policy objectives and the travels and missions of Secretary Clinton. The site also provides visitors with vital travel services such as visa and passport information.
Enthusiastic about the new design and wanting to share a message to all those visiting the site, Secretary Clinton recorded this special message. As Secretary Clinton said yesterday “[P]ublic diplomacy is changing so rapidly because of digital media. You need the tools to communicate constantly in an increasingly interconnected world with 24/7 news feeds, constantly updated blogs, and of course, viral video.”
As we continue to update state.gov and expand DipNote, we hope to introduce more of these tools so that we can communicate, serve, and engage audiences at home and abroad in this increasingly interconnected world. We hope that this redesigned website continues to deliver on the main functions for which audiences have come to rely upon us, and we also seek to go a step further.
This redesigned website and the redesigned blog, DipNote, both aim to employ the practices of 21st Century Statecraft; to educate, listen, learn and engage. The new website highlights important daily priorities and is more accessible and searchable to visiting audiences.
Connection technologies around the world change the way we engage one another. From one continent to the next, we use mobile phones to manage bank accounts and the internet to make face-to-face calls. Today, we are unveiling just the first steps of a new website and we hope state.gov will strengthen these connections.
Whether you need passport/visa information or want to engage in a discussion with Secretary Clinton on a major foreign policy objective, we hope state.gov can be a place you rely upon for information and efficiency.
We want to make sure that you are always able to count on state.gov for the things that matter – so welcome – and please explore! Let us know how we are doing. Hearing about your experience on state.gov will help guide what we do in the future.