U.S. Foreign Policy And Social Media

Today I went to the U.S. Department of State for their Foreign Policy Classroom series.  The speaker was Alec J. Ross, Senior Advisor for Innovation in the Office of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Ross’ prepared remarks included an anecdote about him, two Katies, and a Kaitlyn, four thirtysomething diplomats with twelve hours and a $19.00 charge on his credit card, created text messaging codes to raise $40M in two weeks for victims of the Haiti earthquake.  During the question and answer session, he showed his passion for mobile banking, especially for foreign soldiers that have not been paid in years.  Mobile banking empowers individuals to securely transfer money and save through accounts over cellphones.  I think that he was very informative, and I feel that every student, Politics majors or minors in particular, would have benefitted from attending

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