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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1917-1972, Public Diplomacy, World War I

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Headlines,History,Propaganda

First of a series of retrospective FRUS volumes covering the topic of public diplomacy.  This one covers efforts to support U.S. war efforts and, especially, the work of the Committee on Public Information to educate a foreign public about U.S. war aims.  From the State Department


U.S. International Broadcasting: Background and Issues for Reform

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Propaganda,Telecommunications/Internet

Reviews legislation that created the current U.S. international broadcasting structure in the 1990s, current legislation aimed at further reform, and current issues facing the Broadcasting Board of Governors.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


U.S. Public Diplomacy: Legislative Proposals: Legislative Proposals to Amend Prohibitions on Disseminating Materials to Domestic Audiences

Categories: Govt Finance,Propaganda,Telecommunications/Internet

Discusses proposals to lift the ban on domestic distribution of public diplomacy information intended for foreign audiences while retaining the prohibition on use of public diplomacy funds to influence U.S. public opinion.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


TV Station Profiles and Public Inspection Files

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Consumer Info/Protection,Propaganda,Telecommunications/Internet

New public database which allows the public to examine the public inspection files of TV broadcast stations in top media markets.  The files include information about political ads sold or time given away by each station.  From the Federal Communications Commission


How Deeply Held are Anti-American Attitudes Among Pakistani Youth? Evidence Using Experimental Variation in Information

Categories: Pakistan,Propaganda,Youth

This paper investigates how attitudes toward the United States are affected by the provision of information.  Urban Pakistani youth were provided with statements describing the U.S. in a positive or negative light.  Finds that anti-American attitudes were high at the outset but information had a meaningful effect on U.S. favorability.  From the Federal Reserve Bank of New York


Advertising by the Federal Government: An Overview

Categories: Advertising/Marketing,Govt Finance,Propaganda

The federal government spent about $750 million on advertising functions in 2011, the lowest figure since 2003.  This report explains how the estimates are obtained and what restrictions apply to government advertising.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States

Categories: Federal State Relations,Propaganda,Terrorism

Outlines federal government strategy for assisting local authorities in grassroots efforts to counteract propaganda and prevent violent extremism.   From the White House


Terrorist Use of the Internet: Information Operations in Cyberspace

Categories: Propaganda,Telecommunications/Internet,Terrorism

Discusses the use of the Internet by terrorists for propaganda, communication, radicalization and recruitment, and training purposes.   Also covers federal government efforts to counter cyberterrorism and how these efforts may work at cross-purposes.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

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