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New Jersey Passes Social Media Privacy Bill

By Fernando M. Pinguelo and Guillermo C. Artiles - Everyone enjoys their privacy, even legislators!   Privacy bills are becoming ubiquitous in state legislatures across the country.  With the increased use of social media in and around the workplace, states are legislating to protect the dueling interests of employers and employees.  Ten states, including New Jersey, passed laws that restrict employers from accessing the social media accounts of employees. 

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DHS Releases Social Media Privacy Compliance Review

The Department of Homeland Security recently released a privacy compliance review that assesses all social media accounts associated with the department. The review found most accounts to be in compliance with privacy requirements as outlined in previously released Privacy Impact Assessments; however, the review also noted that some practices could be improved.

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Federal Government Launches Apps.Gov

On September 22, Vivek Kundra, the federal CIO, announced the launch of Apps.Gov, a website offering governmentally approved cloud computing applications, in the hopes of phasing out the government’s current, more expensive and difficult software. Cloud computing software is a model in which software is distributed virtually, instead of being installed individually on PCs or local servers. The storefront will be run by the General Services Administration, and consists of a variety of business applications, productivity software, and much more.

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President Warns Students About Information They Share Online

During his September 8 school speech, President Obama sternly warned teenagers about what information they post on the internet, specifically on their Facebook pages. He went further to recognize that mistakes are a natural part of the maturation process, but warned that publicizing (via online postings) these lapses in judgment is a permanent decision that is sure to have negative consequences in the future.

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President Obama Continues Efforts to Advance Technology

  Since the beginning of his presidential campaign, President Obama has managed to use technology successfully, especially social media sites, by connect to young adults in a way that no other candidate has. Ever since his victory, President Obama continues to make technology a top priority, using it to increase government transparency, and most recently to reach out to the public in a more immediate and personal way. Two main examples of President Obama’s Administration making effective use of the power of the internet, include the launch of the website “Reality Check” and the CDC’s use of social media sites.

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Twitter Crackdown by Iranian Government (With Tweets From an eLL Embedded Contact)

s As rioters continue to protest the recent election in Iran, the Iranian government’s internet blockade has becoming increasingly stringent, threatening to rival that of China’s. Currently, CNET.com reports that Facebook, MySpace, Flickr, the BBC, and YouTube websites have been blocked, controversial keywords are prohibited, and numerous blogs have been restricted.

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