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Blocking GovLoop at DoD!
August 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm #108151
Bryan Conway JD, PMPParticipant
When I attempted to access govloop.com on Monday morning, I was disappointed to find that I was blocked! The message actually informed me that I was not allowed to access a “Dating” website – lol!
I have enjoyed the content on this site a lot in the few months that I’ve been a member, and will monitor it from home from time to time. My question: is there a communications department at GovLoop that discusses the website with the agencies? My fear is that they took a look and saw the word “social” in “social netoworking” and just blocked it without understanding what it was.
August 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm #108168
I just sent Steve and Andrew at GovLoop a message about your post. I’d like to see their response.
August 13, 2010 at 2:10 pm #108166
Hi Bryan – Thanks for sharing this information with us. We actually have a Dear IT Admin letter that we can send to internal stakeholders that makes the case for GovLoop. We’d also be happy to meet in-person or by phone with decision makers to explain our mission and its positive impact on government employee performance.
Here’s the letter – any feedback on it? (Note that DoD is listed as allowing access…so maybe your sub-agency has it blocked…)
August 13, 2010 at 4:27 pm #108164
Andrew – Some feedback for your letter.
You write: “Unlike Facebook, our members are primarily using it for serious, government related collaboration.”
First, that statement may be taken by many readers, especially those predisposed against social media, as implication that Facebook is only used for non-serious, non-government related collaboration. That is simply not true as many departments and agencies have an official presence on Facebook now.
Second, I fully understand the distinction between GovLoop and Facebook and recognize the more professional nature of the former. However, I do not think your letter needs to disparage Facebook (or any other collaborative network) in order to make the case for GovLoop.
Just a few examples of Facebook presence within DoD
ARCIC – Adapting the Army
U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
As you know, even GovLoop has a presence on Facebook
August 17, 2010 at 10:49 am #108162
Bryan Conway JD, PMPParticipant
We’re unblocked! I wrote an email to the address that was on the “blocked” page, and apparently they reconsidered.
August 18, 2010 at 4:02 pm #108160
GovLoop is also blocked here at the City of Ottawa, but it’s not due to the content of the site itself. Our web filter, websense, lists it in many “bad” categories, including pornography, gambling, and even…… terrorism. Apparently it is b/c of the style sheets and that it’s actually ning.com that’s associated with all of these sites. It seems that it would be way too much effort to unblock all of the associated urls for the style sheets. And so most people at the city can not view the site.
I don’t know technology very well, but that’s the response I recieved from our IT Security group.
August 19, 2010 at 2:35 pm #108158
Can you get with Steve to redraft this minus the “Unlinke Facebook” so that it reads “Our members are primarily using…” I’d like to have this in our arsenal for an agency discussion on appropriate sites. It would be nice to have but we are also looking at including Facebook on this same “good” list and don’t want to make this distinction. Our Secretary has a Facebook page and our sub-agency is looking at doing the same.
November 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm #108156
GovLoop is now blocked at my agency. I need to place a request with the firewall administrator to request the blocked to be removed. Can you repost the IT Admin Letter on a general Govloop page as a resource? Thanks
November 4, 2011 at 6:32 pm #108153
Just attached the IT admin letter
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