Government entities can use social media to communicate with the public, interested stakeholders and each other. The promise of greater transparency and public participation, however, is not without risk. Local governments, officials and attorneysmust consider the reliability and source of posted information, professional ethical obligations and a number of other legal issues covered in the book.
The authors provide concrete examples of how communities across the country implement social media; explore First Amendment issues, Sunshine Laws, and copyright and privacy concerns; examine public employee usage of social media, at or away from the workplace; and address ethical issues public officials face. The book, published by the Section of State and Local Government Law, concludes with sample social media policy forms and a checklist for creating and implementing a new social media policy.
Social Media and Local Governments was written by Patricia E. Salkin and Julie A. Tappendorf. Salkin is the dean and a professor of law at Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She is the past chair of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law and a member of the association’s House of Delegates. Tappendorf is a partner with Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer P.C. in Chicago, practicing in the areas of local government, land use, economic development and zoning litigation.
Title: Social Media and Local Governments: Navigating the New Public Square
Publisher: Section of State and Local Government Law
Product Code: 5330224
Orders: 800-285-2221 or http://ambar.org/socialmediagov
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