Danielle Ctiron blogs on Concurring Opinions:
Since I last wrote about President Obama’s Facebook friends, Government 2.0 has steadily progressed. Since early May, our Commander-in-Chief has added more than 150,000 new friends. The FDA has initiated its Transparency Blog and will soon add a Twitter feed and Facebook page. More state agriculture agencies reach the public through social networking sites. Of course, the government social-networking phenomenon is not brand new: since 2007, the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has maintained a virtual island in Second Life and the CDC has had a MySpace page. Nonetheless, it is a particularly auspicious time to think about this trend’s privacy implications especially in light of the GSA’s recent agreement with video-sharing and social networking sites to permit agencies to use their services.
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