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Is Facebook Becoming Mission-Critical?

by Andrea Di Maio  |  March 16, 2011  |  4 Comments

Due to the need to reduce bandwidth consumption to support reliefe effort in Japan, the Defense Information System Agency decided to block 13 commercial web sites, including Amazon, Ebay, YouTube and MySpace. However the list does not include Facebook, as “many commands allow the use of Facebook to allow personnel to communicate with families and the general public, particularly in times of crisis”.
This is a clear demonstration that Facebook is now considered too critical to be shut down, does not matter how much bandwidth it sucks. Government agencies around the world that still toy with the idea that access to social media can be banned should take notice.

Category: social-networks-in-government  

Tags: facebook  government-20  

Andrea Di Maio
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28 years IT industry

Andrea Di Maio is a managing vice president for public sector in Gartner Research, covering government and education. His personal research focus is on digital government strategies strategies, Web 2.0, open government, cloud computing, the business value of IT, smart cities, and the impact of technology on the future of government Read Full Bio


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  1. Robert says:

    From the news articles I have read I think you are over reaching. It appears that the emphasis is to stop personal video downloads. That DISA used too broad of a brush is a different issue (all of Amazon vs. the video section). My guess is that Facebook does not generate the bandwidth issues they are concerned about.
    [Note: I think you pointed to the wrong article in your post. I believe you meant to link to http://www.nextgov.com/nextgov/ng_20110314_9111.php.

  2. @robert thanks for pointing out that the link was wrong. However Facebook can still consume bandwidth as it embeds videos, and they have killed MySpace instead. It is clear that drawing the boundary between personal and professional roles on Facebook becomes quite hard.

  3. Scott says:

    Does that refer to China?



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