Eric Rabe

By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor Within minutes of reports of an explosion at the finish of today’s Boston Marathon, the Boston police had turned to social media. Rightly assuming that many of those in the area of the explosions might only have access to mobile phones, Boston police immediately began posting on Twitter.  The first Twitter posts instructed people to leave the area of the...
Two nights ago, NBC10 in Philadelphia featured Fels Senior Advisor Eric Rabe, as he speaks about the "Two Debates" that will occur during this year's presidential election.   For more information about the role of social media in government, click here to learn "The Rise of Social Government", a report written by Fels Research and Consulting.
By Eric Rabe, Senior Advisor When President Obama and Republican candidate Romney face off over the next three weeks, each time there will be two simultaneous presidential debates underway. There will be the two candidates in front of TV cameras as a moderator fires questions and each responds and rebuts. In 2008, more than 63 million of us watched the town hall debate between Barack Obama and...
By Eric Rabe, Senior Advisor Recently, I wrote that bloggers who practice journalism cannot accept favors from those they cover. To do so destroys the writer’s credibility. When not disclosed is dishonest to readers. What about those who work in government? Of course, most towns, states and agencies draw clear ethics guidelines, and many cities and states as well as the federal government...
Item:  “Here’s how Samsung flew bloggers halfway around the world, then threatened to leave them there.”  Let’s pretend that you’re a blogger. You’re given the chance to review new, hot hardware from a major company. All that’s required is that you participate in some tasks, but these tasks would fit into your coverage so you agree. In return you get to be one of the first to go hands-...
Sometimes a crisis is of such proportions that there is very little communication can do to help.  Think Enron or WorldCom.  Or think of Wal-Mart’s Mexican subsidiary, Wal-Mart de Mexico. By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor The New York Times online Saturday (April 21, 2012) and in Sunday’s edition lays out a multi-year history of bribes by Wal-Mart de Mexico of government officials in “...
In an announcement on Friday, Facebook said it is taking steps to prevent employers from getting access to the FB accounts of employees.  It’s the right call.  The surprising thing is that it was even a question.  What is the implication for governments and agencies? By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor Of course, Facebook is the world’s most-used social media platform, and nearly one...
Eric Rabe, former Verizon Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, and head of Eric Rabe Communication Strategies, joined the Fels Institute of Government last spring to work closely with Fels Research & Consulting.  As an R&C Senior Advisor, Eric has helped re-think, re-launch, and re-invigorate Fels’ innovative consulting practice which utilizes the talent of its graduate...
In the age of social media (not to mention sports-talk radio) everyone knew within minutes that Penn State coach Joe Paterno is gone at the end of the season.  Given the way the University has handled the dreadful Sandusky child molestation case so far, JoPa’s won’t be the last resignation.  Meanwhile for yet another day the affair is a “trending topic” on Twitter and a centerpiece of...
Hit with serious allegations of sexual misconduct on its campus, Penn State now faces tough decisions that could reward the loyalty of those accused or preserve the institution’s long-standing reputation for zero tolerance of wrongdoing. Which will it be? By Eric Rabe, Senior Advisor Penn State officials have little choice but to dismiss Athletic Director Tim Curley and Finance and Business VP...
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