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.
Tuesday, November 22nd 2011
The recent highly successful PDC conference at George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs illuminated the seldom recognized but essential work of public diplomacy officers abroad. It was a rich global scan of field post activities and their impact, both in today's digital communications environment but in the many professional dialogues administered by USIA and State Department specialists since 1999.
Tuesday, October 18th 2011
When does WWW not mean the World Wide Web?
Answer: when it's the new TED.
A recent Washington Post interview with Richard Saul Wurman, originator of the Technology, Entertainment and Design conference, aka TED, caught my eye. TED draws global luminaries, and it generates policy discussions; it’s something every public diplomatist should know about.
Now Wurman wants to launch a WWW conference in Lyon next April, 2012.
Monday, August 15th 2011
August is a time for reflection. International broadcasting, among many U.S. funded national security institutions, is immersed in questions this summer about its mission, its reach and its cost effectiveness. Our pioneer publicly-funded overseas network, the Voice of America, is just a few months shy of its 70th anniversary. What is its role and impact in the ever widening galaxy of U.S. government funded overseas broadcast entities?
Saturday, July 30th 2011
That authoritarian presidents are suppressing news and information in Latin America is no surprise. But add the factors of international criminal syndicates and the Government of China, and the effect is a threat to press freedom in the Hemisphere. That was the takeaway from a panel of experts on July 28 at the National Press Club. Advancing freedom of expression is a frequent task for public diplomacy and international broadcasting, and the job appears far from done.