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The Third Man Theme Revisited: Foreign Policies of the Internet in a time of Surveillance and Disclosure

March 30, 2014 - April 1, 2014

Diplomatic Academy of Vienna

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Milton Wolf Seminar 2014

The Third Man Theme Revisited: Foreign Policies of the Internet in a time of Surveillance and Disclosure

Vienna, Austria, March 30 – April 1, 2014

This is the fifth year in a row that the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication is co-organizing the Milton Wolf Seminar on Media and Diplomacy with the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna and the American Austrian Foundation.

About the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar

Read the 2014 Milton Wolf Compendium here.

Filmed on location in 1948 in the post-World War II rubble of Vienna, the Third Man highlighted the classic Cold War themes of espionage, surveillance and visibility. Vienna also provides the setting for the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar, which will examine the resurgence of these themes in contemporary international relations and journalism.

Rather than looking backward, the 2014 Milton Wolf Seminar will look forward, exploring a range of potential diplomatic and regulatory solutions to evolving issues of surveillance and disclosure, or what we call foreign policies of the Internet. Discussions will focus particularly on how non-Western countries are developing their own Internet foreign policy strategies and how these are shaping the evolving global Internet. Panels will explore the role of diplomats, international organizations, the private sector, civil society and the press in influencing internet governance.

In order to encourage an open exchange of ideas, seminar attendance is limited only to invited participants and students. Emerging scholars currently completing a PhD or post doctoral program related to the seminar themes are encouraged to apply for the 2014 Emerging Scholars Program.

An overview of this year’s seminar is included here. More information about previous Milton Wolf Seminars can be found here and on our Facebook Page.

For more information, please visit our website or contact Amelia Arsenault.

 

Emerging Scholars Program

The Milton Wolf Seminar represents a unique opportunity for distinguished diplomats, academics, and media practitioners to interact with graduate students and other emerging scholars in an intimate and intellectually engaging setting.  In order to maximize opportunities for students and emerging scholars and to enrich the discussions, this year, the seminar organizers selected eight outstanding PhD students, advanced MA Candidates, emerging scholars or equivalents that are working in areas related to the seminar themes.  These delegates were chosen from an elite pool of applicants nominated by their home institutions.  Selected student and emerging scholar delegates received full funding to attend the Seminar.

These distinguished delegates will not only participate in the seminar discussions but will serve as the seminar blog team.  Each delegate will author a reaction piece to the seminar.  These posts will follow Aspen rules of attribution (individual thoughts or statements will only be attributed with prior permission from the speaker) and will be published on the CGCS website blog shortly following the seminar.

The Emerging Scholars Programme was made possible by the support of The American Austrian Foundation.

 

About the 2014 Delegates 

The eight distinguished delegates are:

  1. Colin Agur, PhD Candidate, Columbia University 
  2. Woon Anthony Cho, MA Student, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
  3. Rosemary Clark, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  4. Lee McGuigan, PhD Candidate, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  5. Robert Ralston, MA Student, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  6. Ryan Spagnolo, MA Student, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 
  7. Diego Vicentin, PhD Candidate, University of Campinas, UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil 
  8. Willow Williamson, PhD Candidate, School of International Service, American University 

 

More About the Milton Wolf Seminar Series

Launched in 2000, the Milton Wolf Seminar Series aims to deal with developing issues in diplomacy and journalism—both broadly defined.  The 2014 seminar is jointly organized by the Center for Global Communication Studies (CGCS) at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, the American Austrian Foundation (AAF), and the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna (DA).  Invited guests include those working for state and multi-lateral organizations, journalists, media development practitioners, academics, and a select group of highly engaged graduate students interested in the seminar themes.

The organizers envision the Milton Wolf seminar as a meeting place for media practitioners, diplomats, academics, and students to share their perspectives, formulate new ideas, and identify areas where further research is needed.  While the seminar incorporates various speakers and panels, it is designed as a two-day continuing conversation in which all participants are encouraged to openly engage in dialogue and explore potential synergies and future collaborations.  In order to encourage an open exchange of ideas, seminar attendance is limited only to invited participants and students.

 

Previous Milton Wolf Seminar topics include:

  • 2013: Diplomatic Maneuvers and Journalistic Coverage in a Time of Reset, Pivot and Rebalance
  • 2012: Transitions Transformed:  Ideas of Information And
  • Democracy Post-2011.
  • 2011: “Picking up the Pieces: Fragmented Sovereignties and Emerging Information Flows”
  • 2010: “New Media, New Newsmakers, New Public Diplomacy: The Changing Role of Journalists, NGOs, and Diplomats in a Multi-Modal Media World”
  • 2004: “Challenges for Journalists & Diplomats in the 21st Century”
  • 2003: “The Role of Media & Diplomacy in Ethnic Conflicts”
  • 2002: “Analyzing the Global Security Crisis: Challenges for Media & Diplomacy”
  • 2001: “Technology, Policy & Media”