President Obama delivering the State of the Union address, Feb. 12, 2013. Credit: WhiteHouse.gov A State of the Union address is always a major public diplomacy moment. Rarely do you have the full attention of the entire world to tell every listener, watcher and tweeter, what exactly your current policy priorities are. For 2014, it is likelyREAD MORE
After the firing of Jofi Joseph, the National Security Council staffer who was fired for criticizing senior Administration officials under the nom de plume @NatSecWonk, the White House has launched a new effort on Twitter, part of a communication strategy focusing on targeted messages on a variety of outlets. Jennifer Epsetin of Politico reports thatREAD MORE
“While the percentage of companies adopting social technologies remains high, it has plateaued,” says McKinsey in its “Organizing for change through social technologies” Global Survey. “Yet there remain significant opportunities for further adoption—and considerable value to capture.” McKinsey’s survey suggests social media and new technologies can facilitate substantial organizational change, provided that companies approach socialREAD MORE
The Federal Election Commission is debating a proposal to let political candidates and campaign committees accept bitcoins as contributions, in the same way computer equipment or shares of stock are sometimes given as donations, the Washington Post reports today. The FEC panel appeared to be leaning toward sanctioning them — says the paper — asREAD MORE
ProjektledareStåhlberg, Per – LektorForskningsfinansiärerÖstersjöstiftelsenThe conflict between Ukraine and Russia has once again reminded the world that wars are not only fought with guns and physical violence, but also with information technologies. In Western mass media, attention has foremost concentrated on Russian propaganda, directed both towards Russian-speaking populations and international publics. With the rise and establishment of social networking media in conjunction with the spread of personal and mobile media technologies such as laptops, mobile phones and tablet computers, propaganda and information management take on new forms, and thus also involve a new set of agents. This project focusses on Ukraine as an arena for information management. This project aims at analysing the new types of actors engaged in information war, and how these impact on the practice and expressive character of information warfare. It covers three domains of communication activities:Pr..READ MORE
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Toronto jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan’s acclaimed multi-media project “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” was released as both an audio recording and a collection of music videos – the first “visual album” in the jazz genre. Since launching the project in Toronto in late 2017, Dagan has toured it around the world, including an official showcase in Austin Texas at SXSW 2018, headlining the TanJazz festival in Tangier, Morocco and performing at the inaugural Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Week in Seoul, Korea.
Musically the project is a unique homage to the jazz giant and pop star, balancing refreshing covers (“Nature Boy”, “Unforgettable”) with obscure gems (“Lillette”, “El Bodeguero”) and 5 original songs inspired by Cole’s life, music and legacy. The recording and music videos feature exceptional rhythm section Mark Kieswetter on piano, Ross MacIntyre on bass and Nathan Hiltz on guitar, ..