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.
Friday, July 22nd 2011
We just posted Council Member Alan Heil's "LANDSCAPE OF INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING: VOA and the BBC at a Crossroads", which also appears in the current edition of Public Diplomacy Magazine (USC Annenberg School.) In six pages, the former VOA deputy director gives a concise, well-documented snapshot of two international broadcasters on the cusp of big change.
Tuesday, June 21st 2011
You’ve heard of the State Department’s $70 million dollar assistance fund to defeat censorship of Internet and cell communications? The New York Times’ James Glanz and John Markoff detailed one interesting approach on June 12: mesh networks.