The document doesn't address CIO authorities--and a September 2011 Government Accountability Office report noted that agency CIOs "are limited in their ability to ensure appropriate IT staff are being hired to meet mission needs."
Social media made it easier for government opponents in Egypt and Tunisia to mobilize mass support during protests in late 2010 and 2011 that became known as the Arab Spring, says a paper spearheaded by Australian academics. But social media wasn't the proximal cause for the fall of regimes in North African countries, nor did social media create the challenges the Arab Spring was to those governments, says the paper, to be published in Political Psychology.
President Obama signed into law Jan. 10 a bill making it easy for individuals to share their movie rental history online – a measure the Senate Judiciary Committee had hoped would also require law enforcement to obtain a warrant to examine emails and other long-term stored electronic communications, but which in the end did not.
Despite the Obama administration's Digital Government Strategy, the use of digital platforms is "by no means standard across the government" with some federal employees still prohibited from accessing social media sites, according to a new report. "Program managers who lag cannot expect that doing things the way they have always done them will continue to be effective in the new environment," it chides.
The available research on social media use during disasters fails to account for the type of social media, says a report from the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. START also says that existing research doesn't compare social media use during different kinds of disasters.
Federal agencies can join the legion of amateur cooks and interior designers in posting photos to Pinterest now that the social media site has added federally friendly terms of service, the General Services Administration announced Jan. 8.
Working with Twitter, the Library of Congress has created an archive of approximately 170 billion tweets organized by date, says an LOC report released this month. Now, the technological challenge is how to make the archive accessible to researchers and policymakers in a comprehensive and useful way.
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.