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1. A means of conveying information as an alternate to a regular avenue of communication, especially in government and diplomacy.
2. A usually subconscious utterance or gesture made by a listener in a conversation indicating that the listener is paying attention or understands what is being said.

back′chan′nel adj. & v.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an unofficial or covert means of conveying information, originally or esp in political or diplomatic circles
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When asked if there is any progress on the diplomatic backchannel, Trump said "we don't want to talk about progress, we don't want to talk about backchannels.
I can only wonder what signals from the White House were being sent to the coup's orchestrators via backchannels and whether those messages were instrumental in persuading them to fold.
In the next major pandemic, when fatalities in a developed country start mounting past a few dozen, these backchannels will outrun and overwhelm the front channels of traditional media and official sources in terms of speed, volume, relevance, and credibility.
Backchannels are a regular staple of diplomacy, so there is nothing inherently wrong with engaging in backchannel talks.
have described backchannels as short verbal utterances, e.
In this guide, he covers: communication with students and parents, web-searching strategies, digital citizenship, video creation, audio recording and publishing, backchannels and information assessment, and digital portfolios.
Maintaining secret backchannels with groups considered terrorists, as well as publicly encouraging negotiation with them goes against international conventions related to terrorism and counter-terrorism laws.
Backchannels are vocal feedback from the listener, such as "n, un, hai, fuun or hee" in Japanese and frequently appear in conversations because they stress the listener's role as an interpreter and foster togetherness.
As a result, FIFA officials at times have to work through backchannels to get things done.
On the backchannels, the government may have pledged this.
The government has already used informal backchannels of communication in an effort to send certain messages to Ankara and at the same time sound out how serious the Turkish government is about finally reaching a deal on the Cyprus problem.