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Report: More federal execs going virtual for training and events

The impact of federal conference and travel spending scandals over the past few years appears to be playing out as a shift to digital. After four-years of steady decline, more federal executives are now attending online webinars than in-person conferences.

Social media gives terrorist new tools, not just wider audience

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media platforms enable terrorist groups not only to reach a wider audience but to execute new strategies for propaganda and recruitment, says a report published by the Wilson Center.

72% of Americans get a response from government inquiries via social media

Thirty percent of U.S. citizens using social media to interact with the federal government sought to ask a question or a resolve a problem, with only 72 percent receiving a response from an agency, says a new report from J.D. Power.

Social analytics help government track policy conversations, says guidance

Social media reporting can help agencies better understand who is talking about a policy area, what they are saying and where are they saying it, says a new guide published by the United Kingdom's government communications service.

Federal social media registry looks to expand

The General Services Administration's federal social media registry allows those with a.gov or.mil email address to register federal accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and, soon, Instagram. The registry – which serves as the federal government's solution for addressing copycat and unauthorized social media accounts – likely won't stop with Instagram either.

USPS should expand social media presence to drive revenue, IG says

The Postal Service should expand its social media outreach and marketing to help drive sales and better compete in the digital age, says an April 21 USPS inspector general report says.

Paper tax returns mostly superseded by electronic filing

Paper federal tax returns increasingly are a relic of the time before ubiquitous Internet, shows Internal Revenue Service preliminary filing data.

Teen tweet on terrorist threat results in arrest

Dutch police today arrested a teenager after she tweeted on Sunday a terrorist threat to American Airlines in what she quickly said was a joke.

Study seeks to understand rumor-mongering during emergencies

Tweets that propagated rumors during crises often contained ambiguous sources and mentioned direct experience with the event, says a study published in the journal  Management Information Systems Quarterly.

Guest opinion: Not just a code repository; GitHub's potential as a social tool for government

In the early days of Twitter, it was easy and common to dismiss the infant social network as a simplistic tool that served a whimsical and nerdy niche.  Much like we pooh-poohed Twitter in those early days, GitHub, in its early crawl, is today dismissed simply as a tool for the diehard developer.