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Is this the end of public sector tweeting as we know it?

June 8, 2011

Is blogging and tweeting worth your job?As those who follow us on Twitter (@welovelocalgov by the way) will know, recently we came across what we think is some pretty bad news.  A fellow tweeter, @NakedCServant, has apparently been digitally hunted down over the course of seven months by a specialist security expert brought in by the DCLG, and has now been suspended pending an internal investigation and disciplinary hearing.  You can read more about it at the LocalGov website.

None of us at WLLG know or knew @NakedCServant, but we obviously feel a certain kinship with them.  They were writing as an anonymous voice from within government, saying many of the things others were thinking and offering an insiders perspective of what was going on.  Yes, he may have occasionally wandered over the line a little and said a couple of things that they wouldn’t say in a public meeting, but no state secrets were revealed, no one was hurt and no money was made.  What’s more, he did all of this from his own i-phone, so can’t even be accused of using government IT resources for personal use.  They did however break their code of conduct, and now face at best an uncertain future and at worst an unmasking and a brief fifteen minutes of notoriety.

This raises some serious questions regarding the way all of us who comment on government – central or local – might potentially make use of social media and share our opinions.   (more…)

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So why do we wear ninja masks?

November 25, 2010

Here at We Love Local Government Towers we are a friendly lot.  We share ideas and opinions freely, disagreeing often but with ideas and not individuals, which means no matter what is said we are rarely if ever offended by each other.

However, the WLLG Towers are a fictional building; we in fact inhabit far less light-hearted environments and are spread around various public sector organisations at a variety of levels.  In these organisations fear, mistrust and intrigue abound, and often we are not as free to express our real thoughts and opinions for fear of vilification, discrimination and possible retribution.

These, and a few others, are the reason that we set up this anonymous blog in the first place, and we wanted to take a minute to look at our decision to stay anonymous in a little detail.

I would like to say that there was an extensive period of planning after the need for this blog was identified: that we wrote plans, formulated policies, established and benchmarked procedures and formed steering groups to guide us on our blogging journey.  Suffice to say, we didn’t.  In fact, we threw away our learning from our years of service and went a bit crazy by just coming up with an idea in a corridor and within fifteen minutes getting it done.

There was no grand plan, no strategy as to the long term success or otherwise to our adventure.  In fact, in those early days posts were few and far between, with two or three a week feeling quite busy.  We got ourselves into the swing of just writing things down, learning how to do it as we went, and just talked about things which amused us.  We had a readership of less than five, two of which were writing the posts, and nearly threw a party the first time one of our posts was seen by someone we didn’t know. (more…)