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From Mali to Norway: Opinion Space Creates a Global Digital Conversation

Blog post by Katie Dowd, New Media Director at the U.S. Department of State.

From the blog post:

Opinion Space, the U.S. Department of State’s experimental website, has brought together over 4,000 people from around the world — from Mali to Norway — to discuss a range of foreign policy issues. When we launched Opinion Space, we asked participants: “If you met U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, what issue would you tell her about, why is it important to you, and what specific suggestions do you have for addressing it?”

Since its launch on March 15, 2010, we’re seeing opinions and ideas that span the spectrum: world peace, women’s education, the war in Afghanistan, and food security. We are even seeing foreign students encourage their communities to use Opinion Space to discuss student visas. The opinion map pictured above shows the distribution of the top keywords.

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