Nearly all members of Congress had official Twitter or Facebook accounts as of last year, a new report from the Congressional Research Service says. In the House, three-fourths of members had official accounts on both websites as of January 2012, compared to about two-thirds of senators, says the report, dated March 22 and posted online by Secrecy News .
Pinterest is among the three most popular social media tools and the fastest growing. Most importantly for the Navy, Pinterest users are creative, engaged and more than 60 percent are female--helping the service reach a non-traditional audience.
Government scientists have gained more whistleblower protection and freedom to express personal opinions under the Obama administration, but most agencies still do not give scientists access to drafts and final revisions in which their work played a part, a study by the Union of Concerned Scientists found .
Email-based cyber penetrations should cause industry and government to consider utilizing alternative communication channels, says the European Network and Information Security Agency. "When you say that email is not secure, [people] are shocked," said Louis Marinos, an ENISA senior expert risk management. Existing phishing filters and antivirus products "do not seem to be always working when attacks are performed over a long period of time," the report says.
The rising use of new communication technology is changing the balance of control and ownership of information among states and individuals, leading to increased monitoring of government diplomacy by individuals and other nations.
Those looking for the unadulterated voice of the American people in social media may be disappointed to find that the reaction on Twitter to major political events or policy decisions often differ greatly from public opinion survey results.
A new initiative is trying to improve the accessibility of social media content from the government for people with disabilities, starting with guidelines and training resources. The toolkit and other future deliverables will continually evolve and adapt to changes and suggestions and its HowTo.gov page has options for agency and public feedback.
About 600 million people worldwide access Facebook regularly on their mobile devices, says Elliot Schrage, Facebook's Vice President of Communications and Public Policy. Schrage, who served as a...
In the DigitalGov blog post, Justin Herman, lead for social media in the Center for Excellence in Digital Government, offered a few examples of the API's potential uses. One could aggregate the activity from all of a department's Twitter accounts or track mentions of a certain topic across all federal accounts, he wrote.
In a Feb. 11 solicitation , the library says its wants software that would canvas Twitter, Facebook, blogs, news sites, discussion boards, video and image sharing sites – "with full respect for privacy rights of those who created the social media entries" – for things such as the relative frequency NLM resources get mentioned.