Possible Issues with Social Network(s) and the Federal government

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Social Media and the Federal Government:
Perceived and Real Barriers and Potential Solutions
December 23, 2008

As leaders of the Federal Web Managers Council, we’ve seen that social media in government has become the number one topic of discussion within our government web manager community over the past year. The prospect of agencies using social media sites such as YouTube, Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, and SecondLife has raised a myriad of legal, contractual, and policy questions. As the new Administration looks to leverage these new tools to create a more effective and transparent government, it’s an opportune time for us to share what we’ve learned and propose solutions for how to best use these new tools across government. These recommendations are based on our first-hand experience using social media within our own agencies and from hundreds of conversations with web managers across the country.

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Jeffrey Levy

Hey, thanks for promoting our paper! 🙂

Jean-Paul, I don’t understand your concern. At least at the federal level, we have no copyrights on stuff we produce, and anyway, we want our info out there.

Why should we be concerned that these sites would help spread it around? That is, yes, anything we put on them is instantly public. But that’s a longstanding assumption anyway. Even in email, which can be requested through the Freedom of Information Act.

I’m curious to hear what other “holes” you see. Please help us all learn!

Jeffrey Levy
Director of Web Communications

(and one of the authors of the paper mentioned above)