FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 24, 1999
Release No. 006-99

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United States Information Agency- News Release

 

U.S. INFORMATION AGENCY USHERS IN ERA OF NEW PUBLIC DIPLOMACY WITH CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

Agency's Information Bureau Provides Live Video Streaming for Global Forum on Fighting Corruption

 


Washington, D.C. --- The U.S. Information Agency (USIA) is helping to lead the federal government's foreign affairs community into a new era of diplomacy. The Agency is employing cutting-edge technology to broadcast, or video stream, the Global Forum on Fighting Corruption, a three-day conference hosted by Vice President Al Gore, to audiences around the world. USIA is moving quickly with the information technology revolution to practice a diplomacy that is increasingly networked, technology-driven, and electronic.

The Agency's Information Bureau, headed by Associate Director Jonathan Spalter, is at the forefront of USIA's transformation into a new world of diplomacy. Named by Vice President Gore as one of the government's first -- and the foreign affairs community's very few -- reinvention laboratories, the Information Bureau has a very clear and critical mission: to use state-of-the-art technology and the most sophisticated management practices available to inform and influence key audiences around the world about our nation's vital interests and policies. The Information Bureau develops and strategically deploys a remarkably sophisticated array of public diplomacy tools -- from multilingual websites to digital video conferencing, speakers, and other information resources and programs.

USIA, through contractor TV on the Web of Reston, VA, provided and continues to provide live video streaming for two major international conferences hosted by the Vice President -- the Global Forum on Reinventing Government, held in Jan. 1999, and the Global Forum on Fighting Corruption, Feb. 24-26, 1999. The video files of the conferences will be maintained on USIA's web sites after the conference. In addition to the proceedings, USIA is also providing electronic forums where participants in both conferences can conduct on-line discussions of the issues. Viewers need RealPlayer 5 or G2 to access the streaming video and become an active participant in the new diplomacy.

United States Information Agency, 301 4th Street, SW, Washington, D.C. 20547 Tel: (202) 619-4355, Fax: (202) 619-6988 www.usia.gov

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The United States Information Agency, headed by Acting Director Penn Kemble, is an independent foreign affairs agency within the executive branch that explains and supports U.S. foreign policy and national security interests abroad through a wide range of information programs. The Agency promotes mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through a series of educational and cultural exchange activities. USIA's programs include the Voice of America, Radio and TV Martí, the WORLDNET satellite television system, the daily Washington File newswire, the Fulbright scholarship program, the International Visitor Program, the Speakers and Specialists Program, three Foreign Press Centers in the United States, and a network of overseas resource and cultural centers. The Agency has 190 posts in 141 countries. The USIA domestic server can be accessed through http://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/usia/ or through most search engines on the Internet.

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