IT/Web: January 2017 Archives

What The 'Rogue' EPA, NPS and NASA Twitter Accounts Teach Us About The Future Of Social, Forbes

"These new accounts also raise the fascinating question of whether "alternative" or "rogue" or "resistance" social media accounts will become a new norm even in Western nations that have not typically had a history of "governments in exile." One could imagine that every administration would have its "rogue" employees who disagree with particular policies heading out to Twitter to fire up their own resistance accounts. Taking this a step further, the party not in power could set up its own alternative Twitter accounts for each federal agency and issue their own statements interpreting the actions of each agency through their particular partisan lens."

Keith's note: I could not be happier to see this happen. NASAWatch started out as RIFWatch - an effort to inform people about an impending downsizing (RIF) at NASA. Guess what - that may be in NASA's future once again. I used to warn NASA that someday there would be dozens of websites like NASAWatch. I am so happy to have totally underestimated that number.

Keith's update: At first these Twitter accounts focused mostly on science issues. Then their originators (government employees, based on tweets these accounts made) handed the accounts over to non-government employees. Shortly thereafter, as visibility exploded, a lot of the commentary and follower's comments took a turn into overtly partisan, anti-Trump territory. Now its hard to extract the science policy issues from the rest of the noise. Such is social media.

Final Memorandum, Federal Information Security Modernization Act: Fiscal Year 2016 Evaluation (IG-17-002; A-16-009-00)*

"*In preparation for public release, selected portions of this report containing sensitive security information have been redacted under exemption (b)(7)(E) of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

NASA received 27 out of 100 possible maturity level points, indicating that overall it has not yet implemented an effective information security program."



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