By Delinda Lombardo on
Ashton Kutcher has been recruited by the State Department to join a delegation heading to Russia to discuss how communications technologies and social media can be used to strengthen and broaden the ties between the United States and Russia.
Kutcher, known for his love of social media, along with eBay CEO John Donahoe,Twitter co-founder and Square founder Jack Dorsey, and Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior will be among those ‘Tweeting’ about the experience and discussing such topics as how to foster entrepreneurship; how to use the Web to improve training, distance learning for remote populations, e-government initiatives, and cultural exchanges; and most importantly, how to use the Web to combat child trafficking and corruption-an issue close to Kutcher’s heart.
Kutcher and his actress wife, Demi Moore, are the founders of the DNA Foundation, which works on anti-trafficking issues. Kutcher also founded production company Katalyst and has been active in promoting and furthering social media initiatives.
The trip comes after last year’s tech delegation traveled with the State Department to Iraq and Mexico City to see how technology can help aid the countries. The results were astounding.
The delegation is tentatively scheduled to meet with the Russian Ministers of Communications, Health and Education; with advisors to President Medvedev; with leaders of Russian technology and telecommunications companies; with cultural and educational leaders; and with civil society organizations concerned with health, child welfare anti-trafficking, and anti-corruption efforts.
You can follow Kutchers journey via Twitter or Facebook.
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