“BIDD Theme this week” 6/8 ***US Countermeasure to IS Social Media Presence***

“BIDD Theme this week” 6/8 ***US Countermeasure to IS Social Media Presence***

In an editorial for The Dallas Morning News, reprinted from Politico, Jacob Silverman examines one of the State Department’s most recent social media campaigns – #ThinkAgainTurnAway. Controlled by the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, this public diplomacy initiative challenges advocates of extremist groups over social media in a “verbal joust with jihadists.” As

twitter suspendedIn an editorial for The Dallas Morning News, reprinted from Politico, Jacob Silverman examines one of the State Department’s most recent social media campaigns – #ThinkAgainTurnAway. Controlled by the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, this public diplomacy initiative challenges advocates of extremist groups over social media in a “verbal joust with jihadists.” As part of a broader campaign to re-evaluate how our government interacts with terrorist organizations, such public diplomacy efforts through social media platforms are becoming increasingly necessary to “contest the space [that] had previously been conceded to the enemy,” according to State Department senior official and overseer of the program Alberto Fernandez. Lately, the Think Again campaign has been primarily addressing the Islamic State, which has been particularly active in the online world.

Last year, ASP Fellow Matthew Wallin published a perspective paper entitled The Challenges of the Internet and Social Media in Public Diplomacy, in which he outlines the struggles that a government will often encounter when using the online platform for public diplomacy efforts. Of the challenges defined in the paper, the most applicable to the Think Again campaign are specified below:

  • Information vs. Influence:
    The importance of these social media campaigns is not the dissemination of the information itself, but what the target audience does with that information. It is unclear whether or not the State Department’s efforts to challenge the Al Qaeda and IS narratives online are actually achieving their intended goal, making it difficult to know what should be changed to increase effectiveness, if necessary. According to western Islamic State supporter Abu Khalid, “They will never change anybody – rather they are only enraging people who support groups [such as the Islamic State].”
  • Audience:
    Although the @ThinkAgain_DoS twitter handle has already amassed over 3600 followers, we do not know whether these followers represent the intended audience. In addition, even if the target audience is being reached, the number of followers does not “necessarily equate a strong connection.”
  • Real-Time Communication:
    Given the limited reaction time of the incredibly fast-paced online world, “the posts tend to be blunt, adversarial and plagued by poor Photoshop work,” according to Silverman, particularly in comparison with the often humorous and witty posts of the individual Islamic State supporters. Not only does this encourage retaliation specifically directed at the State Department, but it also makes even those who agree with the core message reluctant to share the posts.

Posted By Thomas Campbell on Aug 19, 2014

http://www.americansecurityproject.org/us-countermeasure-to-is-social-media-presence/#.U_OoZAZmfSg.twitter

DiplomacyWikipedia: Diplomacy is the art and practice of conducting negotiations between representatives of states. It usually refers to international diplomacy, the conduct of international relations through the intercession of professional diplomats with regard to issues of peace-making, trade, war, economics, culture, environment, and human rights. International treaties are usually negotiated by diplomats prior to endorsement by national politicians. In an informal or social sense, diplomacy is the employment of tact to gain strategic advantage or to find mutually acceptable solutions to a common challenge, one set of tools being the phrasing of statements in a non-confrontational, or polite manner.

Please follow and like us:

RSS BIDD

  • Public Diplomacy: Toward a More “Diplomatic” World 17th Feb 2019
    tufts.edu, February 13, 2019; original article contains a video and photographs image from Alan K. Henrikson, the Lee E. Dirks Professor of Diplomatic History Emeritus and founding Director of Diplomatic Studies at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, was on hand at the American Center in Moscow at the U.S. Embassy, to […]
  • China tells world to ignore Mike Pence ‘lectures’ 17th Feb 2019
    Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, February 16, 2019 Yang Jiechi image from Wikipedia MUNICH — European leaders should disregard "lectures" from Vice President Mike Pence and other U.S. officials about Chinese encroachment into Europe, a top diplomat from the communist nation said Saturday. Pence — amplifying warnings by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo — told the […]
  • Heather Nauert Withdraws From Consideration For U.N. Ambassador 17th Feb 2019
    Emma Bowman, NPR, February 16; on Nauert, see below Image from entry, with caption: Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert withdrew herself from consideration for the nomination of U.S. ambassador to the U.N. on Saturday.State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert withdrew herself from consideration on Saturday for the nomination of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations."I […]
  • Blast from the Past: The Anti-Propaganda Tradition in the United States (2008) 15th Feb 2019
    Public Diplomacy Alumni Association Formerly USIA Alumni AssociationHome | Conduct of Public Diplomacy | Debate over Public Diplomacy | Public Diplomacy Newswire| Join/about PDAApublicdiplomacy.org; see also (1) (2)[JB note: Full text cannot be adequately formated on this blog] The post Blast from the Past: The Anti-Propaganda Tradition in the United States (2008) appeared first on […]
  • Public Diplomacy Small Grants Program: Supporting Projects in Malawi 15th Feb 2019
    www2.fundsforngos.org image (not from entry) from, with caption: U.S. Embassy Lilongwe Deadline OngoingThe Public Affairs Section (PAS) at the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, Malawi of the U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that funding is available through its Public Diplomacy [JB emphasis] Small Grants Program.PAS awards a limited number of grants to individuals, […]

RSS Diplo Portal Belgrade

  • Представление программы бесплатного обучения в России 15th Feb 2019
    В Русском доме 13 февраля прошла презентация программы получения бесплатного высшего образования в вузах Российской Федерации. Потенциальные кандидаты смогли получить подробную информацию о условиях ежегодного конкурса на получение стипендий для бесплатного образования в России в рамках выделенных для граждан Сербии квот, который РЦНК проводит в январе-марте, а также информацию о том, как необходимо подавать документы, […]
  • Представљање програма бесплатног студирања у Русији 15th Feb 2019
    У Руском дому је 13. фебруара одржана презентација о програмима добијања бесплатног високог образовања на универзитетима Руске Федерације. Потенцијални кандидати су могли да добију детаљну информацију о условима годишњег конкурса за добијање стипендија за бесплатно образовање у Русији у оквиру квота, које су издвојене за српске држављане. Конкурс организује РЦНК од јануара до марта. Кандидати […]
  • Сербские старшеклассники в гостях у Русского Дома 15th Feb 2019
    13 февраля РЦНК Общество русско-сербско-белорусской дружбы из г.Смедерево организовало посещение РЦНК для группы старшеклассников и их преподавателей из г.Смедерево и г.Велика Плана. Для учеников это был первое знакомство с Русским Домом. Сотрудники РЦНК провели ознакомительную экскурсию и рассказали о истории создания и работе центра. В рамках визита сербские школьники смогли посетить открывшуюся в РЦНК выставку […]

Most Viewed Posts

  • Twitter Suspends Hamas Accounts (1,360)
    By ROBERT MACKEYLast Updated, Sunday, Jan. 19 | Several Twitter accounts used by the military wing of Hamas have been suspended by the social network in recent days, angering the Islamist militants and delighting Israel’s military. #Twitter has suspended the official account of #Hamas, a terrorist group that uses social media to threaten #Israel http://t.co/g1UxKc9fpf
  • Humanitarian Intervention: Advantages and Disadvantages in East Timor and Kosovo (391)
    Have There Been Occasions on Which the Advantages of Humanitarian Intervention Using Armed Force have Outweighed the Disadvantages? Humanitarian intervention can be defined as the attempts of a foreign state to prevent violations of human rights in another state, often through the use of armed force. The use of armed force to protect human rights,
  • Brain drain in Serbia today (389)
    How does the Serbian government cope with the problem of brain drain today? The latest OECD publication, SOPEMI 2014 shows that 39 thousand persons emigrated in 2012 from Serbia to OECD countries only. (At the beginning of the global economic and financial crisis, the emigration from Serbia to OECD countries amounted to 27,000 in 2008.)

How Belgrade based diplomats use Digital Diplomacy and Internet 2016

Diplo Portal Belgrade

Please follow and like us:
Scroll Up

Enjoy this blog? Please spread the word :)