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Public sector still closed to social media

Socitm say that 67% of Local Authorities have a total ban on use of Social Networking sites http://www.ukauthority.com/?tabid=64&id=2686

The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) says its findings show that most ICT managers in the public sector restrict or even block social networks.

The public sector needs to exploit social networking as no-one ‘can afford to ignore the potential’ according to a new report.

By doing this they’re taking the wrong attitude to something that could improve the company.

The report has revealed that 90 per cent of public sector bodies restrict social networking in some way, while over two-thirds cut employees off from it completely.

ICT managers need to look at how social media may help deal with budget issues by ‘engaging citizens, delivering services, and empowering employees in new ways of working’, the firm says.

And we can’t ignore social media. The report boldly states: “Failure to engage with the trend is tantamount to decrying the telephone at the end of the 19th century.”

There a nice little video report on the Chartered Institute for IT http://www.bcs.org/server.php?show=conWebDoc.34115. That’s if you’re allowed to see it.

I find the results of this frustrating, where there is a big push from central government to connect people and data.

Of course I’m going to say look at some of the benefits that are coming from IDeA’s Communities of Practice platform, but also with the release of www.data.gov.uk

The potential is there.

All we need to do is train and encourage the use.  I know the report boldly states: “Failure to engage with the trend is tantamount to decrying the telephone at the end of the 19th century.”

And it took around 30-40 years before the telephone was seen as the norm, actually probably longer.  And I’m wondering was anyone shown how to use the telephone, or was this done by word of mouth (sorry bad joke).

With email it took 7-8 years to become the norm, so how many of you have been on email training.  I’m guessing most of you.

So where’s the plan to teach social media and social networking.  Only a few organisations are thinking about that or have started.

How long before the rest catch up?  Now that’s my question

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