Social media can improve public participation in government, but in some ways, federal branch agencies and departments are going about social media the wrong way, according to an academic article published in the January 2013 issue of the Government Information Quarterly.
If the European Parliament approves a right to be forgotten as part of a data protection proposal unveiled earlier this year, it's very possible the result will be large-scale search engine filtering, says the European Network and Information Security Agency. In a paper (.pdf) released Nov. 20, the agency says technical means alone don't exist that would permit individuals to control the distribution of information about them on the open Internet.
Federal agencies have long used job fairs and university outreach for recruitment, but the Internal Revenue Service is finding success through less traditional channels, such as social media.Like many agencies, the IRS has rules on its Facebook page about swearing and business solicitations. In many ways, successful interaction depends in part on clear standards and expectations, said Eric Erickson.
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. – The rise of low-cost, peer-to-peer transactions facilitated by the Internet presents challenges for privacy, yet regulation of it may be difficult due to the First Amendment, said Jonathan Zittrain, a Harvard law professor. He spoke Nov. 9 at a symposium on privacy and technology held by the Harvard Law Review.
The most common category of individual whose social media activity has been recently monitored by the Homeland Security Department is that of a senior U.S. or foreign government official, says a departmental review.
Social media managers with non-English-speaking audiences should make sure the links they post will be useful for those audiences, Mariya Bouraima of the State Department said in an October webinar.
In a poll (.pdf) of 1,011 adults living in the continental United States conducted over landline and cell phones from Nov. 1 through Nov. 4, Pew researchers find that 22 percent of registered voters have let others know how they voted on a social networking site such as Facebook or Twitter. The poll has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points.
At latest count, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has disbursed more than $158 million in individual assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, the agency says.
Federal agencies are taking to social media to message alerts and updates related to Hurricane Sandy. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate--one of the more active federal Twitter users, with more than 30,000 followers--was busy providing information about the storm via Twitter even before the first raindrops fell.
Providing access to a data set only goes halfway in delivering transparency; infographics and data visualizations are the second phase of open government, according to one Internal Revenue Service official. "We're trying to redefine what we mean by data user," said Wayne Kei, chief of communications and data dissemination at the IRS's statistics of income division.