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Some Gov Agencies Block Web 2.0 Access

A blog post by Coby Logen was brought to my attention in the comments from my previous post about Government agencies using Twitter, called “Agencies Block YouTube, Shoot Themselves in the Foot” (great title!). When I was hunting fervently for the NASA Twitter account, I almost jumped to the conclusion that perhaps they never did create one because of this article I stumbled upon, discussing how some Government agencies block access to Twitter on Government computers.

I found a recent news report on GovTech.com entitled, “Don’t Block Web 2.0 Access“, urging businesses to “resist the temptation” to block their employees’ access to Web 2.0 technologies . I wish the author had urged the U.S. Government to resist the temptation too, but perhaps this is implied.

This quote from Coby’s blog post sums up the issue nicely:

“It is humorous that the Secretary of Energy invites us to explore the Solar Decathlon MySpace page while he doesn’t trust his own employees to do so. And you’ve got to chuckle a little as you watch the Secretary of the Interior on a field trip to learn about “technology and collaborative science” via the collaborative technology that his department banned. But I hope no one in the Coast Guard or FEMA (both in DHS) would benefit from NOAA’s environmental visualization channel on YouTube, because they aren’t allowed to watch it.”

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