Danish diplomat Casper Klynge’s mission is an explicit recognition of the fact that tech behemoths are global actors that wield as much or more influence than many countries
Danish diplomat Casper Klynge has become the world’s first “techplomat”. The Danish government has tasked him with building ties between Denmark and Silicon Valley giants such as Facebook, Apple and Google—bypassing Washington DC. This is an explicit recognition of something that has been apparent for a few years now: today’s tech behemoths are global actors that wield as much or more influence, if in different ways, than many countries.
The current market value of these companies outstrips Denmark’s 2016 gross domestic product, after all. And there are less tangible signs of tech company influence as well, such as the brazenness with which Uber has taken on regulators across the US, the European Union and elsewhere—not to mention the global spotlight on co-founder Travis Kalanick’s travails and, now, resignation. Then there is the importance of partnering with tech companies to take on a more destructive breed of non-state actors—terrorist organizations.
Now it remains to be seen if Klynge is a one-off, or the first of the techplomats.
Editor's Picks »
- ED to seek immediate confiscation of Nirav Modi’s Rs7,000 crore assets under fugitive ordinance
- Finance ministry in talks with investors to set up strategic investment fund under NIIF
- Motherson Sumi plans to invest Rs2,000 crore this fiscal to build new capacities
- Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi urges people to shun plastics
- Three dozen companies line up IPOs worth Rs35,000 crore
- Motherson Sumi continues to face margin pressure in foreign markets
- What the Warren Buffett indicator tells us about market valuations today
- Jet Airways lands with a thud in Q4 as fuel costs increase
- IBC amendments: Some dilutions, and a lot more speed
- Patanjali’s gambit is paying off in toothpaste wars