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The #SocialFirefighter: the evolution of Crisis Communications

I often joke that I should have been a Fire Fighter; because all I seem to do is put out other people’s PR and Social Media bushfires. I hose down speculation, rumour and innuendo. I douse volumes of foam on poorly chosen words. I go postal,  fire-axe in hand, on corporately embarrassing photographs. I proactively […]

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Social Propaganda in Modern Warfare

It is not enough now, to win the hearts and minds of the enemy. You must now also, firstly, win the social devotion of the global community. Psychological warfare (PSYOPS/PSYWAR) is not a new phenomena: messing with the minds of the enemy and influencing the ‘hearts and minds’ of occupied civilians has been part of […]

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How social media commentary can impact Law Enforcement investigations

*This article was published in the Around Point Cook Community Newspaper December 2012 edition. In Australia, allegations are just that until proven in a Court of Law. Commentary on social media can impact Law Enforcement investigations and the prosecution of crime in several ways: Jury bias: The legal team representing the alleged offender may claim […]

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How Social Media can impact the outcome of Law Enforcement investigations and prosecutions

The community is reminded that comments on social media sites may potentially affect the outcome of court matters relating to this investigation. We request people refrain from posting hateful or inciteful comments on these sites…. (Victorian Police Press Release, 20 November 2012) High-profile crime is often the subject of intense public scrutiny. With the advent […]

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Crisis in the Middle East: a ‘Social’ aspect of Conflict

I’m watching the events occurring in the Gaza strip with some trepidation this time around. Both sides appear to mean business,  and as I get older, my compassion for those living in conflict zones has deepened. My grandparents fled Europe after World War II so that their children would never have to live through such […]

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