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Re: Twitter use by elected officials

From: Tim McNamara <paperless@timmcnamara.co.nz>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2011 09:40:20 +1300
Message-ID: <CA+YLJLs_JWHSJXaBef=gVeoT71Vt_+OcWQHXZuOYf4d34RzcUw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Cc: "eGov IG (Public)" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
-1 from me.

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On 12 November 2011 09:22, Phil Archer <phila@w3.org> wrote:
> One of the discussions during the face to face meeting the other day
> concerned elected officials' use of social media. Many western legislators
> now routinely tweet from the floor of their house. We discussed whether such
> public statements should or should not be part of the public record -
> probably above our pay grades - but suppose they, or anyone, wanted to
> archive their Tweets and other social media: how would they do it?
>
> But the news about Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir having her Twitter
> account forced open by the US courts raised another issue in my mind. In
> Britain, MPs in the House of Commons are protected under something called
> Parliamentary Privilege which means they can say what they like without fear
> of prosecution for slander/defamation (or anything else).
>
> That may be a legal rather than a tech matter, but, *if* we do look at this
> issue (and I would find it fascinating personally), then it's the kind of
> thing we might have to bear in mind.
>
> What I actually have in mind for this group, potentially, is a best
> practices doc that talks about archiving of social media updates and tries
> to distil common points from the various codes of conduct springing up in
> parliaments around the world.
>
> Just ruminating...
>
> Phil.
>
> [1]
> http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/nov/11/us-verdict-privacy-wikileaks-twitter
>
>
> --
>
>
> Phil Archer
> W3C eGovernment
> http://www.w3.org/egov/
>
> http://philarcher.org
> @philarcher1
>
>
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