Thursday, July 13th 2017
Here is a report on two events Monday in Washington, by PDC member and former broadcaster Alan Heil. The PDC-USC First Monday event can be seen on YouTube.
A SHORTWAVE CHRYSALIS TO A MULTIMEDIA BUTTERFLY: U.S. INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING THEN AND NOW
Last Monday was indeed a memorable day for historians of our nation’s publicly-funded international broadcasters. In the 20th century, these scholars were challenged to understand hot and Cold Wars, and convey what they learned, largely on shortwave radio. Now they must deal in an era of proliferating media vehicles carrying false or distorted information in milliseconds, an unimaginable array of often instantaneous challenges, globally.
On July 10, two forums documented those challenges in bold relief.Read More
Saturday, October 1st 2016
“To put it as bluntly as possible: Russian intelligence is breaking into senior officials’ computers in an effort to manipulate a U.S. presidential election. Yet, the response from the White House has been muted.”
Subhead: Russia is engaged in an unprecedented, sophisticated attack on the American political system. Defeating it won’t be easy.Read More
Saturday, August 27th 2016
These are abbreviated references to articles "seen on the web" relating to public affairs, Public Diplomacy, international broadcasting, and information operations, provided in this format to allow searches on this PDC website. They supplement the "Quotables" series. These articles are from March, 2016.Read More
Saturday, July 16th 2016
WASHINGTON, July 16, 2016, PRNewswire-USNewswire -- On Tuesday, BBG Board Chairman Jeff Shell was denied entry into Russia and detained at Moscow's Sheremetevo Airport. Despite having a valid passport and Russian visa, he was detained in a locked room for several hours, before being accompanied by Russian security officials to board a flight to Amsterdam.
The Russian Foreign Ministry subsequently announced, falsely, that Chairman Shell was a key organizer of "anti-Russian propaganda" and was being sanctioned in retaliation to the United States' visa sanctions against Russian citizens. They further clarified their position by emphasizing that anyone who sanctions Russia should expect "unavoidable retaliation."
This blatant aggression is unfortunately not reserved for foreign officials and businessmen. Every day, the Russian government silences critics and tightly controls the flow of information in and around the country. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty provide unbiased and uncensored news and information to audiences living in Russia and the Russian periphery. But they do so at great risk.Read More
Saturday, March 26th 2016
A previous commentary here unfortunately missed the point about kudzu.
Sorry, I mean, about the ‘‘Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016.’’ That’s the one recently unveiled by Republican Senator Rob Portman and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy. The S.2692 bill text is here.
It is worth reading the actual text of the bill, because it describes something quite different from the kudzu that famously “sucks up all the water and nutrients” needed by existing plants (or “funding and support needed by existing government organizations.)”Read More