Social media content is "likely" a record potentially subject to retention requirements, says the National Archives and Records Administration in a draft bulletin to federal agencies--language that would strength the terms NARA previously used in guidance on social media archiving. In it's last bulletin on the subject, NARA asked agencies to consider that some social content could be a record.
Governments have been known to rely on mobile and social data in disaster response, but new research highlights the inaccuracy of Twitter location data. "Content passed through Twitter remains decontextualized unless we find ways to reattach it to geography," write researchers from Oxford University's Oxford Internet Institute.
"Just by saying that you have a certain number of followers doesn't necessarily answer the question of how many people are engaging with your information or seeing your information," said Jessica Orquina, social media lead at the Environmental Protection Agency.
A Canadian academic is lamenting his country's lack of social presence in diplomacy, arguing in a paper that lack of Canadian diplomatic presence on social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter will condemn the country to "progressively fade in international affairs."
Twenty-five people have been arrested by Turkish police for "spreading untrue information" through Twitter. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Twitter "a menace."
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.