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A personal message from Geoffrey Cowan:  Amazingly, this month marks the 10th anniversary of the USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership & Policy. In mid­June of 2007, we hosted our first major event,  co­sponsored  by  the  Annenberg  Foundation  and  Bloomberg.  We  called  it “Ceasefire! Bridging the Political Divide,” and it featured participants such as Mayors Mike  Bloomberg  and  Antonio  Villaraigosa,  and  Governors  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Janet Napolitano, and Kathleen Sebelius. While we have work left to  do  on  that  score,  we  have  made  progress  on  a  number  of  other  issues.  This newsletter provides a brief overview of some of our accomplishments since we last reached out, and of some exciting CCLP initiatives that will be continued or launched in the months ahead.  In  our  highly  polarized  political  environment,  CCLP’s  work  at  the  intersection  of politics, media, technology, and public discourse is more important than ever. During the  past  year,  we  have  led  a  range  of  election­related  programs  and  events  at  the Annenberg School and elsewhere. Throughout the primaries, we hosted discussions and debate watching parties for students, wrote articles for a wide range of national publications,  and  traveled  around  the  country  discussing  the  primary  process.  Our research  on  the  media’s  coverage  of  the  candidates  was  widely  cited,  and  we launched  a  crowdsourced  project  to  illuminate  the  convoluted  and  sometimes undemocratic way that primaries work in both parties.  During  the  summer,  in  partnership  with  David  Eisenhower  and  the  University  of Pennsylvania's  Annenberg  School,  we  took  USC  journalism  students  to  both conventions,  where  they  did  some  outstanding  reporting  while  CCLP  hosted meetings  and  events.  This  fall,  we  hosted  debate­viewing  parties  that  attracted hundreds  of  students.  Our  election  night  viewing  and  discussion  forum  in  Wallis Annenberg  Hall,  which  drew  over  one  thousand  students,  faculty,  staff  and  friends, http://us6.campaign-archive2.com/?e=a23bbf6ca1&u=f62b7a486232e1bdf95e0a780&id=ccce75148c

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continue to host conversations about the political process in the months ahead. If you have any suggestions of ways in which CCLP can or should be engaged, please let us know.  Some highlights of CCLP's recent and ongoing work are set forth below. In addition to  our  research  and  programming  related  to  the  presidential  election  (including  our post­election  projects  related  to  reform  of  the  delegate  selection  process),  we  are

developing a  series  of  new  projects  related  to  media  and  democracy  with  partners such  as  Common  Sense  Media,  Harvard's  Shorenstein  Center,  and RunForOffice.org.  Over  the  summer,  we  launched  a  major  new  USC  Internet  of Things initiative led by Adam Clayton Powell III in our Washington, D.C. office, where Adam  also  continues  to  host  monthly  CCLP  lunches  on  public  diplomacy.  And  this December  we  are  launching  yet  another  new  project,  supported  by  the  Smith Richardson  Foundation,  on  the  importance  of  history  in  forging  national  identity. The initiative will include a series of forums in New York, Los Angeles, and elsewhere supported by CCLP and curated by Senior Fellow Orville Schell, and will explore the ways  in  which  political  divides  have  been,  or  could  be,  overcome  in  countries  like China and South Africa.   Finally,  our  work  on  human  trafficking  and  technology  continues  to  resonate.  Our research  helped  to  inform  and  inspire  the  work  of  California  Attorney  General  and now  Senator  Kamala  Harris,  and  our  2012  report  coincided  with  a  4­year  CA  DOJ investigation of Backpage.com that led to its CEO being arrested in October, 2016.  If  you  have  thoughts,  ideas,  or  suggestions  related  to  anything  in  this  newsletter, please email me or our new Associate Director Ev Boyle (eboyle@usc.edu), or call us at 213­740­9683.     Best wishes for the holidays from our team at CCLP!     Best, 

Geoffrey Cowan

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CCLP @ 2016 NATIONAL CONVENTIONS This past July, Geoffrey Cowan, Ev Boyle, Susan Goelz, Professor Laura Davis and the rest of our team at USC’s Annenberg Center arranged for some of USC’s top student journalists to attend and report from the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, OH and the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA. The experience included a number of private meetings and interviews with politicians, journalists, and other officials including Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Libertarian presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson, UK politician and Brexit leader Nigel Farage, TX Rep. Pete Sessions, FEC Commissioner Ann Ravel, the Bernie Sanders campaign’s General Counsel Brad Deutsch, and late-night Full Frontal host Samantha Bee. Check out highlights from the RNC and DNC Archive of student reporting on and about the conventions

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The USC Annenberg Center is leading a new USC initiative focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and emergency response. We organized two major meetings with deans and faculty from across the university at USC on Monday, September 19th, and a roundtable conversation with experts and policy-makers in Washinton, D.C. on October 26-27. Our new IoT initiative is based in USC’s Washington office and led by our new director of Washington programs, Adam Clayton Powell III. It is supported by the USC Office of the Provost and four USC schools: the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, the Marshall School of Business, the Price School of Public Policy, and the Viterbi School of Engineering.

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USC President Nikias has identified IoT and cybersecurity as major opportunities for USC in the months and years ahead. Our new IoT initiative builds on the work CCLP began in 2015 by convening a series of meetings in Washington, D.C. with researchers, NGOs, industry leaders and policymakers to explore ways in which handheld devices can be enhanced for public service purposes, including emergency response. Participants in those meetings included FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and internet pioneer and Google Vice President Vint Cerf. (Read more on our website.)

LET THE PEOPLE RULE +    REFORMING PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES 

Professor Geoffrey Cowan has been on a nationwide tour discussing the past, present, and future of presidential primaries and his new book, Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary, which will be available this January in paperback. In addition to recent appearances on MSNBC's Morning Joe, C-SPAN's Washington Journal, and The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, Cowan has given a series of major talks at venues including the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the Bryant Park Reading Room in New York, the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco (in a conversation with Janet Napolitano), and many more.

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Cowan gave a recreation of Roosevelt's 1912 'Let the People Rule' campaign button to President Obama.

Throughout the primaries, Professor Cowan authored major articles in the Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Daily Beast and The Atlantic, drawing parallels between Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 campaign and the 2016 primaries. Writing this summer in The New Yorker, history professor Jill Lepore called Let the People Rule “the best new discussion of the primary system.” And Martha Minow, the Dean of Harvard Law School, described the book as a “lively and detailed history [surfacing] newly identified archival materials,” and noted that “besides the sheer action afforded by the vivid narrative and largerthan-life personalities, this book offers obvious parallels with current political fights and illuminates their origins.”  For more about the book and Professor Cowan's latest and upcoming appearances, visit geoffreycowan.com.

PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES + THE MEDIA  Last spring, CCLP's Associate Director Ev Boyle published an article based on original research titled, “Yes, the media bears some responsibility for the rise of Donald Trump—here’s proof.” The research was featured in The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Salon, and Harvard's Shorenstein Center, among others. 

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HUMAN TRAFFICKING + TECHNOLOGY 

Three major reports that CCLP released on human trafficking and technology over the past five years have continued to make an impact in 2016. For example, our 2012 study ­ Technology and Human Trafficking: The Rise of Mobile and the Diffusion of Technology­Facilitated Trafficking ­ helped to inspire and inform the work of California Attorney General and now Senator Kamala Harris, and coincided with a 4­year CA DOJ investigation of Backpage.com that led to its CEO being arrested in October, 2016.

NEW PROJECTS: 2017 + BEYOND 

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For example, we are working with RunForOffice.org and other partners on a plan for California to become the most accessible and inclusive state to run for office anywhere in the nation. In September, we submitted a related, Los Angeles­centric proposal ("Open Ballot LA") to the Goldhirsh Foundation's LA2050 Challenge.  

The need for a more open and accessible process of running for office is clear: Nearly 40 percent of state legislature seats go uncontested. Young Americans are running away from office at record rates, with 90 percent saying they would never want to serve in any of the nation’s more than 500,000 elected offices. A study of Los Angeles County found that over the last decade, 28 cities have cancelled elections for mayor or city council “because no one bothered making a challenge.” And a recent Pew survey shows that those who do run for office remain disproportionately male, white, and well­educated; only 20% of elected offices are held by women. Our democracy is facing a crisis of leadership that can only be solved when a larger, more diverse group of Americans runs for office. (Read more on our website.)

We are working with Common Sense Media and Harvard's Shorenstein Center on a new initiative ­ led by new CCLP board member Jim Steyer and senior fellow Nicco Mele ­ focused on the ways that children's issues are covered in the media. This spring, we are planning dual announcements of the new project at both USC and Harvard. Stay tuned for more details!

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CCLP is exploring another possible collaboration with the Shorenstein Center that would study, perhaps on an annual basis, the domestic and global implications of new communication technologies on democracy, civic discourse, and politics. For example, Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media, along with the rise of “fake news,” were in many ways the story of the 2016 campaign. The attempted coup in Turkey was live streamed; and John Lewis used Periscope and Facebook to carry the sit­in over gun control in the House of Representatives.

MORE HIGHLIGHTS: FALL 2016  We closely followed the 2016 election cycle, hosting debate viewings, panel discussions, and other special events. Here are a few photos and highlights:

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES & PANELS 

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DEANS' OPEN FORUMS 

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INTERNET OF THINGS IN WASHINGTON, D.C. 

TURNING POLARIZATION INTO CONSTRUCTIVE CONVERSATION  A candid talk with Muslim feminist author and Annenberg Center Fellow, Irshad Manji.

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ELECTION NIGHT @ USC 

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AND MORE...  For more information about CCLP and to follow our work, visit us at communicationleadership.usc.edu and follow us on Twitter @USC_CCLP!

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