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Pew – Social Media Update 2013

Social Media Update 2013 by Maeve Duggan, Aaron Smith. Dec 30, 2013 “Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now diversifying onto other platforms. Some 42% of online adults now use multiple socialContinue Reading

Department of Veteran’s Affairs names Craig’s List Founder as “nerd in residence”

The Department of Veterans Affairs - Craig Newmark “Nerd in Residence” “Craigslist Founder Craig Newmark is a self-described nerd, as well as a pioneer of the Web, speaker, philanthropist, and a strong advocate of the use of technology for the public good. He joins the Center for Innovation as a Nerd-in-Residence to work with us in pursuing creativeContinue Reading

2013 Blawggie Awards – Tenth Edition – beSpacific is Best Law Librarian Blog

Thank you Dennis – and congratulations to all my colleagues. “Welcome to the 2013 edition of Dennis Kennedy’s annual Best of Law-related Blogging Awards, affectionately known as the “Blawggies.” The Blawggies, which honor the best law-related blogs as determined from my personal and highly-opinionated perspective, were first unleashed on an unsuspecting blogosphere in December 2004Continue Reading

Commentary – Social media: The next generation of archiving

Social media: The next generation of archiving, by John Moore: “Social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have become commonplace tools for government outreach. Agencies tweet about everything from developments in medical research to public safety information. Federal Facebook pages offer a similar scope of government missives, while YouTube provides a collection ofContinue Reading

Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance

“The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), in collaboration with the other members of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), today published in the Federal Register final supervisory guidance titled Social Media: Consumer Compliance Risk Management Guidance. Technological advancements allow financial institutions to use social media in a variety of ways, including marketing; facilitating applications forContinue Reading

20 Innovations That Mattered in Government in 2013

The GovLoop Team: “Despite setbacks (eg. sequester and shutdown), public servants took innovation to another level during the past year. From mobile to big data, public servants were on the cutting edge of innovation in 2013. GovLoop is excited to share our annual list of the most impactful programs and projects in government. Our annual report,Continue Reading

EC – Businesses raise their internet profile by using social media

“This article presents recent statistics on the use of social media by enterprises in the European Union (EU) as part of their strategy for integrating information and communication technologies (ICT) in their business. Social media refer to internet based applications such as, for instance, social networks, blogs, multimedia content-sharing sites and wikis. In principle, enterprises use social media for image buildingContinue Reading

Financial Regulators Issue Final Guidance on Social Media

“The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC), on behalf of its members, today released final guidance on the applicability of consumer protection and compliance laws, regulations, and policies to activities conducted via social media by banks, savings associations, and credit unions, as well as nonbank entities supervised by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The guidanceContinue Reading

Pew – What happens to your digital life after death?

What happens to your digital life after you die? by Maeve Duggan - “It’s a question not many consider given how embedded the internet is in their lives. The typical web user has 25 online accounts, ranging from email to social media profiles and bank accounts, according to a 2007 study from Microsoft. But families, companies and legislators areContinue Reading

New on LLRX – UsBook: Toward a family-friendly Facebook alternative to preserve your memories and help future historians

Via - UsBook: Toward a family-friendly Facebook alternative to preserve your memories and help future historians–while respecting privacy David Rothman’s commentary focuses on how the Digital Public Library of America is still on track to be a mostly academic creature despite the P word in its name. But David supports innovative, creative and value-added goals thatContinue Reading

WordPress – Striking Back Against Censorship

“The mission of is to democratize publishing. We’re inspired every day by the ways creators use our platform to bring their voices to the world. Unfortunately, we also see many cases of censorship aimed at authors and users. One area where we’ve seen a number of problems is the censoring of criticism through abuseContinue Reading

Commentary on Google’s latest transparency report – what is missing that they cannot reveal

Rebecca J. Rosen – The Atlantic: “Today brings the release of the first Transparency Report since the Snowden revelations about widespread government surveillance, and Google’s tone has changed dramatically. In contrast with the warm glow of corporate benevolence Google has tended to exude in these moments, today’s Google Blog post announcing the new Report is a touch surly,Continue Reading