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.
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.