There is a fascinating discussion going on over in the FCW.com Forum blog, where we asked the question: Web 2.0: Worth the risk?
We created the FCW Forum to put issues out there and let you discuss them. So we've been to a lot of Web 2.0 discussions in recent months, and there always is acontrarian in the audience (thank goodness!).
During the past several months, several government officials have raised concerns about the management and security risks associated with Web 2.0 applications. Here are some examples:
- At an April 3 AFFIRM meeting, Ed Meagher, the outgoing deputy chief information officer at the Interior Department, questioned the value of allowing low-ranking government employees to submit and edit articles on a wiki.
- On May 28, a NASA Johnson Space Flight Center contractor violated the Hatch Act by soliciting campaign donations through e-mail messages and blog postings while at work. A reader of a Federal Computer Week Web story on the violation complained that a mention of the word “blogging” in the headline may persuade some leaders to shy away from adopting blogs at their agencies.
- At a June 3 forum on collaborative government hosted by Deloitte and the National Academy of Public Administration, a State Department employee expressed concern about potentially false reports of threats posted on social media sites. She explained that intelligence agencies may end up wasting resources by following false tips from employees who might be insider threats.
And, in fact, at the panel I was on down at Management of Change, the security question was raised, specifically about Virtual Alabama. Doesn't putting all this information out there, don't the bad guys have access to it too?
As often is true with blogs, some of the most valuable information is in the comments. The comments so far cover the range of opinions. There are some who say, 'Ban it all. It's a waste of time and money.' -- these people must not use these tools?
But there are also more nuanced discussions.
And then, over on my Facebook page, there has been a discussion about the role of blogging CIOs.
Here are a few of those comments.
How do you think this might be prevented in using web 2.0 technologies to formulate policy?
Imagine the FBI Director using a blog to communicate with folks. Would it be official policy or personal opinion? The answer to that question is relevant if the topic was something that pertained to you! For instance - the IRS Commissioner talks about catching scofflaws! Does the population really understand AMT?
Try this in your Google Search "web 2.0 issues."
National Academy of Public Administration's Collaboration Project
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