Social Media and Local Governments: Navigating the New Public Square

    By Patricia E Salkin and Julie A Tappendorf

    Social Media and Local Governments: Navigating the New Public Square

    Social Media and Local Governments: Navigating the New Public Square

    By Patricia E Salkin and Julie A Tappendorf

    This guide provides practical information to attorneys who work in or provide counsel to the public sector to advise their organizations not only about the repercussions of the use, but also about the general public who use these channels and allow for public comment.

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    Social media offers tremendous opportunities in the public sector. Governmental entities can use it 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 must consider the reliability and source of posted information,professional ethical obligations, and a host of other legal issues. Social Media and Local Governments provides practical information to government attorneys and officials in their use of social media in the government context. 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, among other legal considerations; examine public employee usage of social media, whether at or away from the workplace; and explore ethical issues faced by public officials. The book concludes with sample social media policy forms and a checklist for creating and implementing a new social media policy.

    Product Details

    Sponsors

    Section of State and Local Government Law

    Publishers

    ABA Book Publishing

    ISBN

    9781614388593

    Page Count

    161

    Product Code

    5330224

    Trim Size

    7x8.5

    Publication Date

    1/15/2013 12:00:00 AM

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