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    Why Doesn’t the AP Support Freedom of Speech in Cuba?

    According to an AP story released yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is under fire for not being sensitive enough to the Cuban government. But that’s not USAID’s job. Nonetheless, USAID is being slammed for providing Cubans with an uncensored social media platform. USAID’s “ZunZuneo” program had been … More

    Target Twitter: Turkey’s Government’s War on Social Media

    Last week, the Turkish government of Prime Minister Recep Tayjip Erdogan became the latest regime to attempt to stem the social media Twitter tide. What sparked this latest crackdown? Turkish Twitter users have been busy sharing inconvenient information about official corruption prior to this weekend’s municipal elections. In a broader … More

    Facebook Friends, Thanks a Million!

    The Heritage Foundation just hit a major milestone on Facebook. Today, our page topped 1 million likes. Thanks to the support of so many of our Foundry readers, we were able to reach this goal. It took a dedicated effort over several years to get us to this point, but it … More

    Syria: Social Media Step in Where Journalists Must Fear to Tread

    Informing the world about the atrocities of the civil war raging in Syria is deadly dangerous business. On October 15, yet another two reporters and their driver from the Abu Dhabi–based Sky News Arabia who had been sent out to cover Syria’s humanitarian crisis went missing near Aleppo. And last … More

    Internet Freedom in Decline

    The recently published Freedom on the Net 2013 report by Freedom House shows a negative movement worldwide, even in the countries listed as “free.” This has been a persistent trend for the three years Freedom House has conducted the survey. The tug of war between governments and Internet users continues, … More

    Diplomacy in 140 Characters: U.S. Social Media Efforts Ineffective

    Diplomacy is evolving. “Warriors of the cyber heights can more effectively use information to drive the debate, galvanize action, or befuddle the masses,” Heritage’s James Carafano points out in his book Wiki at War. According to a “Twiplomacy” report by public relations firm Burson-Marsteller, the world’s leaders and diplomatic services … More

    Iran's Covert Cyber War

    Over the weekend, Hassan Rowhani, a former top nuclear negotiator, was officially sworn in as Iran’s new president. Unfortunately, there are no indications that he will curtail Iran’s nuclear or cyber activities. While most are concerned with the military implications of Tehran’s expanding nuclear program, there is little focus on … More

    War of Tweets: The State Department Takes on Islamists

    Twitter and other social media are the new battle ground in the war of ideas between Islamist radicals and the U.S. State Department. Since July 17, Islamist tweeters and the State Department’s Digital Outreach Team (DOT) have been dueling on Twitter. The DOT is part of the State Department’s Center … More

    What’s More Dangerous—a Sharknado or an EMP Attack?

    The SyFy channel’s newest original movie, Sharknado, took social media by storm earlier this month and continues to gain traction (a sequel is in the works). The tagline of the movie reads simply, “Enough Said!” because there is not much else to say about a hurricane causing tornadoes full of … More

    Are You Getting Fooled by Obama? Check These 5 Pictures and Find Out

    Organizing for Action, President Obama’s campaign group, is good at what it does. Its activists know how to get people fired up about President Obama, and they know they’ve been able to fool a lot of Americans. They also know the 2,700-page Affordable Care Act is an overwhelming piece of legislation … More