Hillary at Social Media Summit: ‘Anyone Can Be a Diplomat – Just Hit Send’

October 22, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

(CNSNews.com) – In a video address to the Social Good Summit in New York City on Sept. 22, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said technology makes it possible for “anyone” to be a diplomat.

“We are living in a moment when anyone can be a diplomat,” Clinton said. “All you have to do is hit send.”

The three-day summit was held during U.N. Week and was sponsored in part by the United Nations Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

“The Social Good Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges,” the summit website stated. “This September, we want YOU to join the conversation with leaders and citizens from around the globe.

“The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and then to translate that potential into action,” it added.

Calling it an “extraordinary platform for global engagement,” Clinton’s remarks touted the summit.

“Leaders from around the world are coming together this week at the United Nations seeking solutions for some of the toughest challenges we all face,” Clinton said. “And at the same time a revolution in social media is helping people everywhere take part in a global conversation about how we can work together to advance the common good.”

Clinton said the state department is working to “harness new technology that will strengthen civil society, fight corruption, empower youth and promote women’s health.”

Clinton encouraged people to become social media activists.

“Share your ideas,” Clinton said. “Mobilize your friends. Take action online and off and help us ensure that this global conversation delivers results for people and help build a better world for us all.”