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.
The intelligence community is running an acquisition pilot under which qualified apps or widget developers can submit their code to a marketplace and be paid a nominal fee--but if the application's uptake is significant, be paid what it would have cost the federal government to otherwise purchase it, said Dawn Meyerriecks, assistant director of national intelligence for acquisition, technology and facilities.
Registered voters who use their cell phones to get information about the 2012 election are the minority, albeit a substantial one, finds the Pew Research Center.
Since it began using Google+ in November 2011 NASA has gained more than 229,000 followers and a wealth of experience using the social media tool. But success using the social media platform is largely dependent on knowing how to maximize the tool's strengths, said Jason Townsend, deputy social media manager for NASA.