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USAToday yesterday had a story about the dangers of blogging.
Warning: Your clever little blog could get you fired [USAToday via Yahoo News, 6.15.2005]
Like a growing number of employees, Peter Whitney decided to launch a blog on the Internet to chronicle his life, his friends and his job at a division of Wells Fargo. His blog, gravityspike.blogspot.com, did find an audience: his bosses. In August 2004, the 27-year-old was fired.


Many organizations are beginning to set blogging policies. So... giving credit where credit is due, my colleague Susan Miller, who among other things is FCW's other blogger, discovered that the Defense Department in Iraq (technically Headquarters, Multi-National Corps, Iraq) has set out a blogging policy. The document, dated April 6, 2005, says blogs must be registered... and, of course, no classified nor privacy information can be discussed.

It is a fascinating issue.

And... I'm curious... does your organization (public or private sector) have a policy that you know of? Should it? Or should it not? Do you blog or not blog because of the potential risks? And if you know of soldier blogs, I would really love to read 'em.

Meanwhile, I'm forwarding the memo to our DOD reporters.

Posted by Christopher Dorobek on Jun 16, 2005 at 12:14 PM


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