The overall goal of the Communications and Society Program is to promote integrated, thoughtful, values-based decision making in the fields of communications, media, and information policy. Follow us on Twitter @aspencs.
Charlie Firestone joined C&S as executive director in 1989. Since then, the program has focused on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership; the impact of new technologies on democratic, economic and social institutions; and the development of new communications policy models and options for the public interest. Read more»
The 2013 FOCAS Forum convened representatives of the maker community, corporate and non-profit leaders, public officials, and citizen leaders with the goal of finding creative ways to encourage innovation and foster demand in the open governance field. The report emanating from this Forum, “Toward the Next Phase of Open Government” written by Panthea Lee, is a series of six chapters that exa Read More
As social networks and mobile technologies become increasingly more popular among private citizens and the public, the use of technology will continue to alter the landscape of diplomacy. Read More
Advances in social media and the wave of citizen involvement in both internal and external state affairs has heightened the need to take a closer look at how communications technologies can advance national interests. The digital disruption has come to many arenas. Diplomacy is just the latest to engage it. Read More