Online Sex Trade Flourishing Despite Efforts to Curb It – NYTimes.com

The New York Times quoted CCLP Director of Research and Instruction Mark Latonero about using social media tools to combat the flourishing online human trafficking epidemic. The online sex trade is flourishing despite nationwide campaigns and pressure from government leaders. But California is now leading the country in responding to the rapidly expanding online sex trade. In February, Attorney General Kamala D. Harris convened leaders from nonprofit, law enforcement and technology companies to gather information for an updated report on human trafficking in the state. "This is an opportunity to observe the social behaviors which underlie the trafficking trade, which…

WE-NATO: Philip Seib and the Power of Soft Power

To improve NATO's digital connectivity NATO's Public Diplomacy Division hosted a workshop called "The Power of Soft Power- NATO's Public Diplomacy in the Digital World" on Tuesday (27 March) 2012. In this YouTube clip CCLP Faculty Fellow Philip Seib describes soft power as essential in international relations as an important alternative to relying heavily on hard power. In what he sees as the 'information century' Seib believes this is increasingly possible as the internet and social media empowers people by informing them, leading to increased participation in politics and greater democratization. Watch here. Tweet !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");…

Journalists, arts organization leaders explore social media's impact on arts journalism at CCLP forum in Washington, D.C.

The impact of social media and changing audiences were primary concerns of arts journalists and leaders of cultural institutions who gathered at a Communication Leadership Policy Forum at the University of Southern California's Washington, D.C. Center on August 1. "Arts journalism is struggling for its life," said Jaime Bennett of the National Endowment for the Arts. "It's no surprise that journalists are taking to the blogosphere to share their reviews." Organized by senior fellow Adam Clayton Powell III (pictured right) and Tim Page, the USC Annenberg journalism professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning former music critic for The Washington Post, the forum…

Research Director Latonero discusses trends in social media during visit to Saudi Arabia

"Social media are growing in popularity throughout the world, but at this historic moment, nowhere is its presence more groundbreaking than in the Middle East," said CCLP's Director of Research & Instruction Mark Latonero. In May, Latonero joined a team of scholars from the US and Middle East in Saudi Arabia as a part of an educational visit to share information on the American higher education system and also to learn more about the use of communication technology in the region. Latonero visited a class on social media during his trip, and noted that "communication majors were learning about…