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Soft Power and Nosey Uncle Sam

Tuesday, January 21st 2014

My mother used to grouse about the small Texas town where she grew up, a place where “everybody knew your business.”  Perhaps that was partly why my parents moved to the big city of Fort Worth, Texas, where I was born.

Nobody likes a nosey neighbor.

Last year’s revelations about United States electronic surveillance delivered a body blow to America’s soft power, with no detectable public reaction from America’s diplomats.  After President Obama’s speech, the United States can begin a more robust dialogue on the subject – if public diplomacy leaders take action.

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Facebook Advertising and Public Diplomacy and the Blogosphere ... Oh My!

Monday, July 8th 2013

Stories about $650 thousand spent by the State Department’s International Information Programs (IIP) bureau on Facebook advertising have proliferated, prompting extensive discussion (see John Brown’s public diplomacy blog for examples.)

The background comes from an inspection report recently made public by State’s Office of the Inspector General.  Our busy commentators can’t possibly have read the report, or their accounts would pick up far more salient issues.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Tech@State on Freedom To Connect

Saturday, March 9th 2013

Yesterday's Internet Freedom conference sponsored by Tech@State spanned broadcasting and public diplomacy. And everything else. More than 50 technologists discussed the global tug of war between human rights and repression, economic development and cyber attacks, and the erosion of privacy.

Talking with State Department public diplomats I rarely hear of this topic. I wonder how that will change when (probably not "if") the United States suffers a zero-day attack.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Techie State Department: Public Diplomacy, Ediplomacy, or Just Buzz?

Friday, April 20th 2012

Have you noticed the chatter about the State Department and new media over the past month?

ITEM: After a Tumblr blog put captions on photos of Secretary Clinton wearing sunglasses, imagining text messages that she might be sending to celebrities, the Secretary didn’t protest.  She invited the authors to the State Department to meet in person.  Public diplomacy can’t buy this kind of publicity.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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Author: Joe Johnson

Virtual embassy, virtual audience

Wednesday, December 7th 2011

My fellow contributor Brian Carlson called my attention to the U.S. State Department's announcement of a new virtual embassy for Tehran.  Available in English and Farsi, the site aggregates official USG information of interest to Iranian citizens, who of course have no actual U.S. embassy or consulate.

The site was blocked from Iranians' view right away by the Government of Iran.

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Joe B. Johnson

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Joe B. Johnson consults on government communication and technology after a career in the United States Foreign Service.  He is an instructor for the National Foreign Affairs Training Center, where he teaches strategic planning for public diplomacy.

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