1. How Censorship in China Allows Government Criticism but Silences Collective Expression (Article by Gary King, Jennifer Pan, and Margaret E. Roberts)

We show that the censorship program is aimed at curtailing collective action by silencing comments that represent, reinforce, or spur social mobilization, regardless of content. Censorship is oriented toward attempting to forestall collective activities that are occurring now or may occur in the future—and, as such, seem to expose government intent clearly.

2. Building a Cyber Force Is Even Harder Than You Thought (War on the Rocks)

In the past decades, over 40 states have publicly established some sort of military cyber command, with at least a dozen more planning to do so. Yet despite this proliferation, there is still little appreciation of the sheer amount of time and resources that an effective cyber command requires.

3. Exploring the Semiotics of Public Diplomacy (CPD Perspective by Ilan Manor)

In the latest issue of CPD Perspectives on Public Diplomacy, CPD Research Fellow Ilan Manor analyzes diplomats as visual narrators who use images as “ideological devices to promote a certain worldview.”

4. Exploring U.S. Public Diplomacy’s Domestic Dimensions: Purviews, Publics, and Policies (Special Report by the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy)

The ACPD is a bipartisan panel created by Congress in 1948 to formulate, assess and recommend policies and programs to carry out the Public Diplomacy (PD) functions vested in U.S. government entities, to include the Department of State. This special report examines the use of USG public diplomacy programs and resources to engage domestic audiences.

5. Why Russia Is Losing the Information War (Centre on Public Diplomacy)

For the Kremlin, information warfare is a key facet of Russia’s version of public diplomacy. With little (if any) allegiance to truth, Russia’s messaging to the global publics accentuates self-justification as it pursues dangerous adventurism.

6. How Twitter lost the celebs (Thw Washington Post)

Elon Musk was right that Twitter’s most popular accounts have gone quieter over the years. Hollywood insiders explain what happened — and why Musk’s ownership might only make it worse.

7. Ukraine war: False TikTok videos draw millions of views (BBC)

With a user base of more than one billion people – more than half of whom are under 30 – TikTok is where many young people have been getting updates about the conflict, as the platform struggles to stem the flow of misleading information.

8. The geopolitics of technology: How the EU can become a global player (European Council on Foreign Relations)

Today’s major powers engage in comprehensive global technology politics. The weaponization, mastering, and control of digital technologies is the new ‘Great Game’. These power dynamics are helping shape technological spheres of influence.

9. The Most Followed Foreign Ministers on Social Media 2022 (DigiTips)

Who are the most followed foreign ministers and foreign ministries on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube?

10. Digital Nativity and Digital Diplomacy: Exploring Conceptual Differences Between Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants (Article by Ilan Manor and Ronit Kampf)

This study sought to address this gap by examining generational gaps within foreign ministries, while investigating how such gaps may prevent diplomats from obtaining communicative goals. The study thus employed the concept of digital nativity, while examining operational and conceptual gaps between digital natives and immigrants.