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Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Embedding a Culture of Science and Technology Throughout the Department of State

diplomacyDiplomacy for the 21st Century recommends steps that the Department of State should embrace to take full advantage of the leading science and technology (S&T) capabilities of the United States. These capabilities provide the department with many opportunities to promote a variety of the interests of the United States and its allies in a rapidly changing world wherein S&T are important drivers of economic development at home and abroad and help ensure international security. This report assesses and makes recommendations concerning the changing environment for the conduct of diplomacy in the years ahead, with a focus on the role of S&T in the development and implementation of U.S. policies and programs. According to this report, prompt steps by the department’s leadership are essential to ensure adequate comprehension of the importance of S&T-related developments throughout the world and to incorporate this understanding within the nation’s foreign policy for the 21st century. This report also urges the adoption by the department of a broader whole-of-society approach in carrying out its responsibilities at home and abroad – extending beyond traditional interagency coordination and the narrow band of current external partners to include foundations, universities, research centers, and other groups who are extending their international reach.

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GAO — Broadband: Intended Outcomes and Effectiveness of Efforts to Address Adoption Barriers Are Unclear | Full Text Reports…

 

 

 

Full Report: Broadband: Intended Outcomes and Effectiveness of Efforts to Address Adoption Barriers Are Unclear
Source: Government Accountability Office

Home broadband adoption can provide a number of social and economic benefits, according to literature from academic, government, and other research sources and interviews GAO held with researchers, consumer and industry organizations, and government officials. For example, broadband provides access to employment opportunities by providing the means to search and apply for jobs and participate in online job training. It also provides access to a number of government benefits, serves as a conduit for civic participation, and provides a means to connect family members, among other benefits.

Affordability, lack of perceived relevance, and lack of computer skills are the principal barriers to broadband adoption identified by literature and stakeholders GAO interviewed. Efforts to address these barriers include projects to increase broadband adoption that were funded by grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s (NTIA) Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program (BTOP) and outreach and other efforts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and NTIA. GAO identified three key approaches used to address adoption barriers:

  • Discounts on computer equipment and broadband subscriptions.
  • Outreach efforts to promote broadband availability and benefits.
  • Training to help people develop skills in using computers and broadband.

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INTERNET WAVES: An Internet-Fueled Illusion — from Information Today

If you’ve been an information professional for any length of time, someone has probably said to you something like this, “You’re so smart. You know everything.” And you probably replied with something like this, “I don’t know everything, but I usually know where to find it.” It happened to me recently at work; someone asked for a particular statistic, and I was able to come up with it almost instantly because I recalled having seen it within the last week or so. You’ve probably been there; librarians, almost by definition, read widely and mentally organize the information we ingest.

Sometimes, we fire off a few pithy reference interview questions to narrow the scope. We think about who would have a particular/vested interest in collecting/maintaining/storing certain information. A government agency? A trade association? But it always needs to be a legitimate source. Other people may be satisfied with something culled from the first page of Google search results. But not us.

How many times has someone asked you to verify something he “found on the internet”? Depending on where you work and what you do, you could hear this several times a day.

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#FutureNATO Twitter Town Hall
Charting NATO's Future

"A conversation with:
Magnus Nordenman
@MNordenman
Director, Transatlantic Security Initiative
Atlantic Council

Robbie Gramer
@RobbieGramer
Associate Director, Transatlantic Security Initiative
Atlantic Council

Read NATO in an Era of Global Competition

Join us for an interactive Twitter discussion with senior Atlantic Council experts on the multi-front challenges that face NATO and the political and military way forward as the Alliance approaches its crucially important Warsaw Summit in 2016. NATO’s relevance and purpose is under continuous scrutiny from member and partner states, though the challenges on the alliance’s Eastern and Southern flanks demonstrate a need for unity. Discuss these challenges and more on Thursday, April 21!

On Twitter? Follow @ACMillenniumLP and use #FutureNATO

This event is open to press and on the record.

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Magnus Nordenman is a Director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative with the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council. He leads and manages the Scowcroft Center's projects and programming related to transatlantic security, the future of NATO, Nordic-Baltic defense, and maritime issues. He is a sought-after expert who has provided advice and insights to the US government, NATO, allied and partner governments, and the corporate community. He has also provided commentary to, among others, the BBC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, Defense News, US Naval Institute, the Atlantic Monthly, Time, Vice News, Defense One, as well as European media outlets. He is the author of two recent Council reports, NATO in an Era of Global Competition and The Naval Alliance: Preparing NATO for a Maritime Century.

Magnus' other duties include leading major business development efforts for the Scowcroft Center, expanding and maintaining relationships with the US government, ministries of defense and foreign affairs of US friends and allies, corporate actors, and the broader Washington policy community. He also provides budgetary oversight and helps oversee the operations of the Scowcroft Center, the largest program at the Council.

Before coming to the Council, Magnus worked as a defense analyst with a consulting company in Washington, where he focused on the US defense budget, US foreign basing, the unmanned vehicles market, and current US military operations. He has also worked as a training adviser at the Pearson Peacekeeping Center in Canada, where he built scenarios to be used in command post exercises by, among others, the Canadian forces, the United States Marine Corps, and the United Nations. He also worked as a strategic planning consultant for major European defense industry companies.

Magnus was educated at the Virginia Military Institute, and earned his MA in national security studies from the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky. He has also studied strategy and military history at the German Armed Forces University in Munich. A proud American immigrant, Magnus came to the states from Sweden in 1998.

Robbie Gramer is Associate Director of the Transatlantic Security Initiative at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, where he works on NATO, EU foreign and security policy, defense strategy, and transatlantic diplomacy.

Before joining the Council, he worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, Kroll Advisor Solutions, the Center for Advanced Defense Studies, the Transatlantic Policy Network, and the US House of Representatives. He has written extensively in publications such as The Hill, Defense One, Foreign Policy, and National Interest. He graduated from American University’s School of International Service."
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