My last post here on GovLoop stirred up quite a hornets nest and attracted all sorts of attention. Many folks
offered their own horror stories while other provided excellent
suggestions (like stop using IT policy as HR policy) or provided links
to tools to help discuss social networking to our bosses.
I work in marketing and public relations. Arguably I have a need to
access these tools at work. I use Facebook, Twitter, and some other url
shorteners to conduct business. That isn’t the case for most Federal
Simply ranting about my experience and shouting “I’m mad as hell!”
doesn’t help change the situation. I recently finished reading the
Cluetrain Manifesto and believe many of these same points easily
translate to the Federal workforce. Steve Radick summed up a
similar Cluetrain type list last year and I have taken
his idea and expanded on it.
I believe Federal workers should have an Internet Bill of Rights. If we
are trusted with our nations secrets and money why can’t we be trusted
on our nation’s information superhighway?
So, here is my stab at it-
The Federal employees Internet Bill of Rights
- I am a responsible Federal employee and deserve to be treated as such.
- I work in a time when my co-workers, customers, and yes- my family and
friends, are using the internet to collaborate and communicate- even at
- I use social, and other web based tools, to share information with my co-workers, even if the tools seem trendy or have weird names.
- By becoming proficient with social networking tools I will become a more efficient productive employee during a time of critical need.
- The Federal government will provide ONE social media policy, scalable for various levels of security, that all agencies will adopt and follow.
- My agency will not punish the whole, for bad deeds of the few.
- I will learn how to use social networking tools responsibly and will incorporate them in my daily duties.
- I will not criticize my colleagues who do not understand these emerging tools but will help them learn how to use them.
- I will adhere to my Federal organizations public relations policy understanding that social media is a broadcast medium.
- I will hold myself to a higher standard when engaging in online activities, both on and off duty.
What do you think?