• Events,  Now Media,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Diplomacy

    Navy Strategic Communication Workshop

    I’m off to the beautiful Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California to give a lecture tomorrow as part of the Navy Strategic Communication Workshop. About the SCW: The Navy Strategic Communication Workshop (SCW) is a three‐day workshop designed to help commands in the development and implementation of a Strategic Communication planning process. Participants are encouraged to attend as part of a command sponsored team of three to five members, led by a senior executive (Flag Officer or Senior Executive Service member). Ideally, teams include a diverse mix of functional area responsibilities. Teams are asked to bring strategic plans or change initiatives that might require a strategic communication component. Through a…

  • Now Media

    Definition of irony: event in London on censorship and Wikileaks bans photography and recording (updated)

    At City University, London, right now is a conference titled “Too much information? Security and censorship in the age of Wikileaks.” The speakers are: Jonathan Dimbleby, chair; Julian Assange, Wikileaks founder; and David Aaronovitch, The Times. Ironically, the event’s website states Please note it will not be possible to take photos or recordings during this event. At the event, the audience was reminded that they may not take pictures of the panel with Julian Assange. Confusingly, the organizers also said: We hope to run a live stream of the event, the link to this will be posted at www.city.ac.uk/journalism Alas, there is no information on the webcast. Tweets from the…

  • Media,  Now Media,  Psychological Struggle,  Wikileaks

    The Importance of Understanding Wikileaks

    City University London is hosting a conversation with Wikileaks front man Julian Assange on 30 September 2010. The event, titled Too much information, security and censorship in the age of Wikileaks, will ostensibly ask several questions stemming from the sensational release of tens of thousands of internal military communications, labeled the Afghan War Diaries by Wikileaks: Was this a victory for free expression? Or a stunt that put hundreds of lives in danger? Is censorship a necessary evil in wartime? And will mass leaking of information change journalism? To be sure, this was not an exercise of “free expression.” An expression would be the labeling and framing of the material.…

  • Events,  Now Media,  Public Diplomacy,  Social Media,  State Department

    Event: Digital Statecraft: Media, Broadcasting, and the Internet as Instruments of Public Diplomacy in the Middle East

    Today, the Aspen Institute hosts a discussion on “digital statecraft” at its Washington, DC, office at DuPont Circle. Digital Statecraft: Media, Broadcasting, and the Internet as Instruments of Public Diplomacy in the Middle East will feature Walter Isaacson, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute and Chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors; Eli Khoury, CEO of Quantum Communications, a leading advertising and communications firm in the Middle East; and Duncan MacInnes, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) in the Office of the Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. The topic is “the use of social and digital media as…

  • Media,  Now Media,  Public Affairs,  Public Diplomacy,  Social Media,  Wikileaks

    The world of Wikileaks Part 2: A means of evaluating Public Diplomacy

    By Ali Fisher Wikileaks Part 2 looks at the impact of releasing information through the traditional media on the network of interactions using social media and reflects on the potential to use network analysis in evaluation. (See also The Small World of Wikileaks, Part 1.) From a Strategic Communications and Public Diplomacy perspective, evaluation has become increasingly important with forthcoming reports and even spending decisions, for example, in the UK. If an organisation is seeking to develop lasting relationships, seeking to subsequently identify those relationships would be a logical part of any evaluation or bid for further funding. The example of Wikileaks has much in common with those engaged in…

  • Now Media,  Social Media

    State of the Internet

    You’ve seen Did You Know 4.0, the update to Shift Happens that focuses on the changing media landscape, including convergence and technology. The convergence readers of this blog will appreciate is what I call “Now Media“: the reality that information influences, not platforms. Information is increasingly platform independent and platform jumping. Each mode of consumption will have certain advantages and disadvantages over other modes. Further, the consumption channel may not be the same as the delivery channel. This all conspires against the antiquated terms “new media” and “old media” that describe the conflict of broadcast/print and the Internet. As I often ask in my presentations, seminars, and classes: When you…

  • Now Media,  Public Diplomacy

    In the interest of informed debate on Public Diplomacy

    By Craig Hayden I am curious to hear the following statement, made by one of America’s preeminent critics of public diplomacy thinking, clarified a bit more: All too many academic theories about PD are incomprehensible, pompously-expressed “concepts” from persons — among them rightfully esteemed tenured professors whose intelligence is all too often joined with a tactless inability to handle the last three feet of person-to-person contact — who have never actually worked as diplomats in the field of “public diplomacy,” which they pontificate about, often too assuredly, from their ivory towers on comfortable campuses so distant from what some call the “real world.” The quote appeared in a recent article…