The world’s first designated tech ambassador is on the verge of taking up his post in Silicon Valley, and when he does it looks as if he will treat the region as if it is its own country.
Casper Klynge, formerly Denmark’s ambassador to Indonesia, now the country’s tech ambassador to Silicon Valley, will be tasked with building ties with companies like Facebook, Apple and Google.
“If you look at these companies’ involvement and significance for you and me, many of them have a much greater degree of influence than most nations,” said Klynge in an interview with Reuters.
When you look at how much data tech companies have on ordinary citizens, it becomes evident how much they impact our daily lives, he added.
Technological diplomacy is one of the country’s five foreign policy priorities and Klynge will help Denmark understand rapid changes in digital technology, as well as promote the country’s interests.