It was ten years ago; I had a different job at the French Foreign Ministry. At the time, I was in charge of the Web Unit. It operated a bit like a start-up, almost independently, with elbow grease as its renewable energy source. We had a deadline on 1 January: an improved version of the Ministry’s website, with a new design and revised content. No budget and no outsourcing, so we would have no time off at Christmas. The team consisted of a dozen people, dipped in the fountain of youth at an average temperature of 28 years old; add to that a healthy dose of talent, determination and good humour… On 26 December 2004, aboard our little ship, it was all hands on deck.
Interested in a little trip through time? We had a go, using an application that juxtaposes two photos taken at different periods. Let’s have a look behind the scenes of this project, which links images from the past and the present. With unprecedented photos…
A lot is made of digital diplomacy, and it is often misconstrued. Yet, what hides behind the terms “digital diplomacy”? Who’s in charge of making it a reality on a day-to-day basis?
Let me give you an exclusive tour of the engine of the digital diplomacy: the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ very own dedicated web team.