Elizabeth Canellakis is a U.S. diplomat serving at the Embassy of the United States in Malta as Spokesperson and Press Attaché. Prior to her assignment in Malta, Ms. Canellakis served as Public Affairs Officer at U.S. Embassy Djibouti and strategic communications advisor to Camp Lemonnier, an enduring U.S. naval base in East Africa. Her prior diplomatic assignments also include work as a Press Officer in Kabul, Afghanistan and a social media manager at the U.S. Department of State.
Social Media and Foreign Policy
Watch Elizabeth’s talk here.
Governments have an important role to play in advocating for the responsible use of social media and leading in the digital space by example. The U.S. government promotes digital literacy and fact-checking from embassies around the world, proactively addressing and exposing disinformation and propaganda. American voices are also pushing the envelope and challenging the limits of our creativity and receptiveness. We have a responsibility to deliver fact-based reporting on world events that can be delivered in real-time to even the most vulnerable populations.