Current Projects

The Internet of Things – Emergency Response

2016 – Present | CCLP recently became the leader of an academic partnership between USC and the National Governors Association (NGA) on cyber security and emergency response to cyber threats. The CCLP Washington team has mobilized support for an investigation into how to best prepare for and prevent a breakdown of the Internet of Things, or the inter-networking of smart devices. CCLP will help the NGA to foster innovation and build resources at the state-level to tackle problems related to the Internet of Things.

Politics, Power, and the Press

2016 – Present | Before and after the 2016 Presidential Election, CCLP hosted a programming series to discuss the partisan politics of the election season and to better understand how journalism was impacted by election season. Events included trips to both the Republican and Democratic national conventions, visits for USC Annenberg students to the inauguration and Women’s March on Washington, a forum about how the executive orders of President Trump would affect USC, and a bipartisan panel about how the media functions in the Trump era. Most recently, CCLP supported the publication of a report, by Harvard University Professor Tom Patterson and the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy, on the media coverage of the first 100 days of the Trump presidency. You can find the report here.

Public Diplomacy

2011 – Present | Director of Washington Programs Adam Clayton Powell III hosts monthly lunches in Washington, D.C. that tackle broad themes of public diplomacy. Adam invites a wide range of non-profit leaders, figures of the political world, and academics to speak at the lunches. Additionally, CCLP holds monthly public diplomacy monitoring forums with leaders from the State Department, Capitol Hill and NGOs and advises the State Department on issues of cyber-security and digital media. Director Geoffrey Cowan recently had the chance to join a panel organized by the U. S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. about the continuing importance of the Voice of America. He discussed the same topic in a new report published by the USC Center on Public Diplomacy called “Why the Voice of America Remains a Vital Force in the World”.

Communication Technology & Social Change

The communication field has undergone fundamental transformations in recent years. Wireless technologies and the Internet have rendered unprecedented revolutions in digital communication. These transformations have brought with them profound social and economic consequences. The center’s mission is to examine the social impact of these communication technologies, with the overarching objective…

The Future of News

As changes in technology, economics and government funding continue to affect news organizations’ profitability and stability, CCLP is exploring new models that will sustain quality journalism from the international to the local level while leveraging partnerships and the opportunity to reach broader audiences through technological advances. Public Policy & Funding…