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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More