She eventually gave enough details for her to be identity to be revealed so it was not entirely unexpected.
We (businesses) spend a great deal of time talking about how tools such as blogs can improve collaboration within businesses. The same can surely be said for Government.
The internet is far less tolerable of nicely worded press statements that have been worded in corporate/politicians waffle. Or as Doc puts it :The internet means “Bullshit will lose leverage.”
… Election should be Conversations?
…. Conversations will win Elections!
Politicians need to learn to engage people in conversations. It’s an interesting issue if a civil servant should blog but there is clearly a lot that can be learned by politicians from this experience.
Corporates are currently trying to understand how they can be private in public; trying to understand how they can collaborate with their customers safely on the internet while still keeping their core data secure. It’s an interesting issue. There are great benefits from any organisation talking openly about its ideas before it commits firmly to them.
Obviously certain information needs to be kept secure for legal, financial, commercial, diplomatic or political reasons but when I start thinking seriously about what information needs to be protected and what would benefit from being shared the vast majority falls into the “should be shared” category.
Hiding problems which are shared with others rarely makes sense.
“Information wants to be free!”- ?
“The internet recognises censorship as a fault and routes around it.”-?
Governments could be using blogs such as this as a great way to dip their toe in the water, instead of leaking a policy one week before announcing it.
I have not managed to find much information about the circumstances around the blog being shut down (it only happened over the weekend). While I understand the reasons for shutting it down I would much rather see them do something more positive with the blog. If the civil servant has been identified and sacked it will be a real shame for the civil service. They would be wasting a fine asset.
One day I will try to read the civil service code and form a slightly stronger opinion about how openly civil servants should be allowed to blog.