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Re: Twitter use by elected officials

From: Gannon Dick <gannon_dick@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2011 13:07:24 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <1321045644.35764.YahooMailNeo@web112611.mail.gq1.yahoo.com>
To: Tim McNamara <paperless@timmcnamara.co.nz>, Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Cc: "eGov IG \(Public\)" <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
+1 from me ... as long as we have Messrs. Sarkozy and Obama forgetting their kindergarten lessons about "indoor voices" I think Tweets and other information pushes could use some differentiation rules.


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From: Tim McNamara <paperless@timmcnamara.co.nz>
To: Phil Archer <phila@w3.org>
Cc: eGov IG (Public) <public-egov-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, November 11, 2011 2:40 PM
Subject: Re: Twitter use by elected officials

-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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