Few Government Agencies Adopt Social Networking Policies

Patrick Avery

IT Business Edge editor Lora Bentley has kept a close eye over the past year on social networking policies in the workplace. In a recent post, Bentley touches on government social networking policies. It turns out, there's not much there. Social networking is a foreign concept to many government bodies, Bentley says.


Nonetheless, a few state governments and military branches address social media use. In addition, on the other side of the Atlantic, the British government has developed a 20-page template for leveraging Twitter to get government messages out. But a majority of local, state and national government agencies have yet to adopt acceptable-use policies.


The Knowledge Network has several examples of social networking policies that address Twitter, Facebook and other social media outlets.


Sample Social Networking Policy

Facebook Usage Policy

Baker and Daniels Social Media Policy

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Jan 2, 2010 12:08 PM Mary Franklin Mary Franklin  says:

Price Waterhouse Cooper and Carnegie-Mellon's CyLab have recent surveys that show the senior executive class to be, basically, clueless regarding IT risk and its tie to overall enterprise (business) risk.  Effective Acceptable Use policies are critical in today's environment.  A book that I had to read as part of new employee orientation is "I.T. WARS:  Managing the Business-Technology Weave in the New Millennium."   Just Google 'IT WARS'  - It has a great chapter on Acceptable Use and associated policies.  If your organization is struggling with the implementation of Acceptable Use, or working to update the policy, check it out.  The book also ensures that outside agencies understand your values and practices.


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