Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Catch 22 of government online participation

Government often has a narrow path to walk when engaging online, some of the measures in place to protect the privacy and security of citizens and government officials can conflict with efforts to improve the transparency and openness of government processes.

Hence this article from the New York Times, Government 2.0 Meets Catch 22.

The article highlights some of the issues that US government officials must navigate and contend with when participating with online communities or even using the internet to research potential employees.

While the article doesn't present any real solutions for government, it does highlight that there can be the need for some government policies and legislation to be reconsidered to provide the appropriate balance between government's ability to engage online and to protect those it employs and serves.

1 comment:

  1. Wow! The use of social networking sites is perplexing! Internet law is a peculiarly difficult beast. But as politicians become more involved with social networking sites, surely attitudes will change? The bit about employers looking at Facebook sites before hiring might be problemtaic now, but as more and more people are involved, I wonder how one's personality or effectiveness might be judged? It certainly is a Brave New World we are participating in!