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    Occupy Wall Street Celebrates Hurricane Damage in New York City

    The East River crests the promenade between the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. (Photo: ZUMA Press) East Coast residents are still reeling from the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. At least 39 people are dead, 8.2 million are without power, the storm inflicted about $20 billion in property damage, and it … More

    Debate Time: Send Us Your Photos Tonight!

    We are so excited you’ll be joining us for the vice presidential debate tonight! Share your debate watching with us—join us this evening by taking a photo of your debate watch party, whether you are at home, with friends, or in a public setting like a restaurant or bar. Tweet … More

    The Death of U.S. Public Diplomacy and Lessons on How to Resurrect It

    “The death of U.S. public diplomacy” was how one Twitter user last Tuesday described the now-infamous apology from the U.S. embassy in Cairo for the ill-conceived movie Innocence of Muslims. Strong words, but there is no doubt about it: The need for American public diplomacy in the Middle East needs … More

    Tweeting: An Olympic Sport?

    The London Olympics have been dubbed the “social media Olympics.” Again, social media find their way into the big story of the day, but keeping perspective is important. Only a fraction of Internet users spend much time on Twitter (8 percent), and the virtual world pales in comparison with real … More

    "Twiplomacy" Won't Replace Diplomacy

    According to a new study done by PR firm Burson-Marsteller, two-thirds of the world’s leaders have joined Twitter, including 16 members of the G-20. But while Twitter is a powerful tool, it has its limits and will never replace traditional diplomacy. Tweets resonating from world leaders encompass 43 different languages, … More

    Al-Qaeda's Service Interruption: Long May It Last

    Al-Qaeda’s main Web forums have been offline for the past 11 days and counting. No government has taken credit, but if this “service interruption” actually is the result of government intervention, it represents the kind of intelligent response to terrorist radicalization that we need. The Internet is a double-edged sword. … More

    A Day Without Twitter?

    Reporters Without Borders notes that today is World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. For some time now, the organization has been highlighting cases of oppression and abuse of freedom of speech against the world’s online community. For example, it labels Syria an “Enemy of the Internet”: Bashar Al-Assad’s regime responded with violence … More

    Thinking Big about Social Networks Down Under

    Can Twitter get you killed? Can Facebook start and stop wars? Can terrorism be financed through Paypal, and might people arm themselves through eBay? These are the questions tackled in an online forum sponsored by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute examining the nexus of social networking and national security. The … More

    To Tweet or Not to Tweet: The State Department's Digital Revolution

    The U.S. State Department has jumped into the world of online communication with a vengeance. January 2012 has been designated 21st Century Statecraft month, and Administration officials have been busy tweeting, blogging, doing online Facebook chats, streaming video, and just about every other social media platform imaginable. As a public … More

    Tweeting for Hearts and Minds

    January 2012 is the U.S. Department of State’s “21st Century Statecraft Month.” What the State Department has in mind in this case is what former Undersecretary for Public Diplomacy James Glassman dubbed “Public Diplomacy 2.0”: using digital media to maximize outreach to foreign publics. Thus it is not a new … More