U.S. State Department
Sunday, July 30th 2017
Bruce Wharton, the first Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy from the ranks of the career Foreign Service, has retired. Wharton has provided stellar leadership and set a fine example for public diplomacy employees since his appointment last December. No successor has been announced.Read More
Sunday, March 20th 2016
Earlier this week, Republican Senator Rob Portman and Democratic Senator Chris Murphy introduced a bill, the Countering Information Warfare Act of 2016, which would create a new “center” to produce and disseminate “fact-based narratives and analysis to counter propaganda and disinformation directed at United States allies and partners.”
Wow, what a great idea! How come nobody ever thought of it before?Read More
Friday, May 15th 2015
As an enterprise that includes both journalism and public diplomacy – two disciplines that have lately been undergoing seismic changes – the U.S. Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the bipartisan group of presidential appointees who oversee America’s stable of international broadcasters, is facing growing demands that it, too, needs to make some major changes.Read More
Friday, April 24th 2015
Remember trolls? They used to be mythical creatures from children’s stories who lurked in caves or under bridges.
Not any more. Today’s trolls now lurk online, where they attack Western values, defend Vladimir Putin, and do whatever they can to plant nutty conspiracy theories and disrupt rational discussions on news and opinion websites.
They’re not hard to find. Just look in your computer.
Internet “trolls” are not a new phenomenon, but the pro-Russian kind have been attracting increased attention lately thanks to reports from The Guardian and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, among others, which have pulled the curtains back on where the trolls work (many in St. Petersburg, Russia), what they do, and how they’re paid (by quantity, not quality).
U.S. public diplomacy practitioners are clearly under fire in this information war, so how should they fight back?Read More