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China Built an Army of Influence Agents in the U.S.

The Daily Beast BETHANY ALLEN-EBRAHIMIAN 07.18.18 4:49 AM ET PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY ELIZABETH BROCKWAY/THE DAILY BEAST In May, a classified Australian government report  revealed  that the Chinese Communist Party had spent the last decade attempting to influence every level of that nation’s government and politics. “Unlike Russia, which seems to be as much for a good time rather than a long time, the Chinese are strategic, patient, and they set down foundations of organizations and very consistent narratives over a long period of time,”  said  the author of the report in March. “They put an enormous amount of effort into making sure we don’t talk about what it’s doing.” Commissioned by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the wake of a series of Chinese influence scandals that rocked Australian politics last year, the report, compiled under the auspices of an intelligence agency, examined Chinese attempts to influence politicians, political donations, media, and academi

Networked Press Freedom: Creating Infrastructures for a Public Right to Hear

If freedom of speech guarantees the right to speak, what about the right to hear? A new book by  Mike Ananny , CPD Summer Institute instructor and USC Annenberg assistant professor of communication and journalism, re-examines the notion of a free press: beyond an individual's right to share information, the book focuses on the public's access to it.  Networked Press Freedom: Creating Infrastructures for a Public Right to Hear  is a timely contribution in the realm of public diplomacy as the need to counter disinformation and combat the spread of fake news increases. Publisher  MIT Press  explains, " Ananny challenges the idea that press freedom comes only from heroic, lone journalists who speak truth to power. Instead, drawing on journalism studies, institutional sociology, political theory, science and technology studies, and an analysis of ten years of journalism discourse about news and technology , he argues that press freedom emerges from social, technological, ins


USC Public Diplomacy DIGITAL DIPLOMACY MYTHS Jul 16, 2018   Corneliu Bjola In the introductory chapter to the edited volume on  Digital Diplomacy: Theory and Practice  that Marcus Holmes and I published four years ago, I asked the question of whether digital technologies could be seen as a harbinger of change for diplomacy by revolutionizing the way diplomats perform their traditional functions of representation, communication and negotiation. As the question remains valid today, it might be useful to take stock of the common conceptions and misconceptions of digital diplomacy so that we can get a better picture of how digital technologies have shaped expectations about diplomatic practice in the past decade and how digital diplomacy may continue to evolve in the coming years. The Superman Myth The first and surprisingly common misconception about digital diplomacy is  the Superman myth,  which claims that digital technology can grant extraordinary powers to those using them,

China's AI plan lays foundation for long-term strength China's AI plan lays foundation for long-term strength Monday, July 9, 2018 China is ploughing money into a nationwide multi-billion-dollar programme to gain the lead in artificial intelligence China's artificial intelligence (AI) industry received investment of 28 billion dollars last year, according to the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology. The government last July issued a  Next generation artificial intelligence development plan , which sets a 1-trillion-renminbi (151-billion-dollar) 2030 target for China's core AI industry and a 10-trillion-renminbi target for related industries. A  Three-year action plan for promoting development of a new generation artificial intelligence industry  followed in December, setting numerous quantitative targets for 2020. What next Firms and public institutions will enjoy generous public funding for AI-related