Foreign policy has not traditionally been a modern or agile part of government, but the State Department is using social media as an effective outreach tool, said United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, while speaking Sept. 23 at Mashable 's Social Good Summit. "I've gotten really into it because I realize it's a whole different way of connecting with a completely different set of voices and people around the world," said Rice.
The Health and Human Services Department announced Sept. 13 the winner of its latest developer challenge: a web-based application called "MappyHealth." The tool mines health-related tweets...
Among the report's (.pdf) key findings are the emergence of mobile "drive-by downloads" as a new attack vector, the use of Twitter for control of mobile botnets, and the appearance of mobile "ransomware" as the newest way of extracting funds from unsuspecting victims."Practically all new mobile malware was directed at the Android platform," states the report.
About half of social networking online users say those sites are not at all important to them when it comes to political activity and only a small minority say they're very important, finds a poll published Sept. 4 by the Pew Research Center. Despite the attention that online social networks often garner from the political class, 73 percent of Americans say debating or discussing political issues on those websites is not at all or not too important.
Online and social media communication have decreased the necessity for military installations to have voting assistance offices to the point where they should no longer be mandated, says the Defense Department office of inspector general.
President Barack Obama participated in his first " ask me anything," or AMA, session on social media platform Reddit Aug. 29. The president's debut on the site caused such an influx of traffic the site temporarily crashed. Obama's visit to the Reddit community was something of a surprise. Forgoing the customary advance press release and White House blog post, the president instead announced via Twitter at 1:08 pm on Aug. 29, "Hey, everyone: I'll be taking your questions online today. Ask yours here: http://OFA.BO/gBof44 –bo."
As residents of the Gulf Coast got hit this week by the effects of tropical storm Isaac, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced four new research awards seeking to improve the way potentially life-saving weather warnings reach those who need to act on them. Despite advances in weather prediction and hurricane tracking, researchers continue to grapple with the problem of how to more effectively issue storm warnings to populations caught in the path of natural disasters. Online tools and social media offer tremendous potential in positively impacting how people respond to adverse weather conditions.
New model instructions to jurors in federal court cases prepared by a committee of judges goes out of its way to warn off individuals from using Internet-connected mobile devices or social media during trial and deliberations.
The General Services Administration unveiled a tool Aug. 16 allowing those with email addresses ending in.gov or.mil and a valid phone number to update or add to the registry of official federal social media accounts.
Barack Obama's re-election campaign makes far more use of online content than that of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, says a study based on activity from June 4 through June 17. The study, conducted by the Pew Research Center finds that on daily average, the Obama campaign sent out 29 tweets for every one that the Romney campaign sent out and posted twice as many blog posts onto the official campaign websites—eight on barackobama.com for the four on mittromney.com.