The rising use of new communication technology is changing the balance of control and ownership of information among states and individuals, leading to increased monitoring of government diplomacy by individuals and other nations.
Those looking for the unadulterated voice of the American people in social media may be disappointed to find that the reaction on Twitter to major political events or policy decisions often differ greatly from public opinion survey results.
A new initiative is trying to improve the accessibility of social media content from the government for people with disabilities, starting with guidelines and training resources. The toolkit and other future deliverables will continually evolve and adapt to changes and suggestions and its HowTo.gov page has options for agency and public feedback.
About 600 million people worldwide access Facebook regularly on their mobile devices, says Elliot Schrage, Facebook's Vice President of Communications and Public Policy. Schrage, who served as a...
In the DigitalGov blog post, Justin Herman, lead for social media in the Center for Excellence in Digital Government, offered a few examples of the API's potential uses. One could aggregate the activity from all of a department's Twitter accounts or track mentions of a certain topic across all federal accounts, he wrote.
In a Feb. 11 solicitation, the library says its wants software that would canvas Twitter, Facebook, blogs, news sites, discussion boards, video and image sharing sites – "with full respect for privacy rights of those who created the social media entries" – for things such as the relative frequency NLM resources get mentioned.
The same Internet that Islamic extremists use to whip up fury against the West can be used by more moderate forces to counter that extremism, according to a new Rand Corp. report. The report (.pdf) notes that American Muslims already use the web and social media to provide an opposing voice to and undercut extremists.
Jihadists are increasingly turning to social media sites to exchange ideas and publicize their beliefs, according to a new report (.pdf) from the New America Foundation. "It is only a matter of time before terrorists begin routinely using Twitter, Instagram, and other services in ongoing operations."
Al Shabaab has used Twitter largely to promote its preferred narrative of world events, research out of the University of Maryland says. The university's National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism released interim findings (.pdf) about the group's use of Twitter shortly after the website suspended al-Shabaab's account, @HSMPress, on Jan. 25.
Growing government inquiries are having "serious chilling" effects on free expression and tangible privacy implications, says Twitter's manager of legal policy Jeremy Kessel in a Jan. 28 blog post. Over the past year, Twitter received 1,858 government requests for user information worldwide and 48 government requests to withhold content, according to the company's new transparency report.