• Now Media,  Psychological Struggle,  Teaching / Training

    Understanding and Engaging Now Media: February 8-10 in DC

    I will again be teaching Understanding and Engaging Now Media in the DC area, more precisely Alexandria, VA. The dates are February 8, 9, and 10 and the time remains 6p – 9p with drinks and sandwiches provided. Materials to read and view prior to the course will be provided to prepare for the course and to maximize the time. For more information and registration, visit the AOC website. Note: the course description and agenda will be modified slightly.

  • Non-State Actors,  Now Media,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Affairs,  Public Diplomacy,  Social Media

    US Government Meets New Media

    From Helle Dale at The Heritage Foundation, Public Diplomacy 2.0: Where the U.S. Government Meets “New Media”: Public diplomacy and strategic communications experts within the U.S. government are exploring the potential of the new social media in the effort to win hearts and minds abroad, especially in the Muslim world where today’s war of ideas is being fought. Enemies of the United States are already expert in using these low-cost outreach tools that can connect thousands, potentially even millions, at the touch of a computer key or cell phone button. As public affairs blogger Matt Armstrong writes, In this age of mass information and precision guided media, everyone from political…

  • ICT,  Public Diplomacy

    Democracy Is…

    The second annual Democracy Video Challenge for 2010 is underway. If you haven’t checked out the winners of the 2009 challenge, do it. See also several submissions from students in USC Masters of Public Diplomacy program.

  • Congress,  Defense Department,  Public Diplomacy,  Reports,  Smith-Mundt,  State Department

    Smith-Mundt Act: Facts, Myths and Recommendations

    The Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 is the authorizing legislation for America’s public diplomacy and strategic communication. This three-page information sheet addresses confusion surrounding the Act and makes recommendations that are fundamental to any improvement to US public diplomacy and strategic communication. It is ironic that legislation intended to counter misinformation is itself subject to misinformation to the point few know the Act’s purpose and true application. The following is a short three page overview written at the request of and for a (pro bono) client who is neither the State Department nor the Defense Department. Download here or read below or at Scribd.

  • ICT,  Media

    News resources

    Google Fast Flip One problem with reading news online today is that browsing can be really slow. A media-rich page loads dozens of files and can take as much as 10 seconds to load over broadband, which can be frustrating. What we need instead is a way to flip through articles really fast without unnatural delays, just as we can in print. The flow should feel seamless and let you rapidly flip forward to the content you like, without the constant wait for things to load. Imagine taking 10 seconds to turn the page of a print magazine! Like a print magazine, Fast Flip lets you browse sequentially through bundles…