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Home Features Social media: beat the journos, don’t say anything stupid
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PEOPLEJohn Sheridan, Craig Thomler, Department of Finance
DEPARTMENTSDepartment of Finance, National Library of Australia, Centrelink, Child Support Agency
TAGS National, Technology, Twitter, Facebook, Social media, chief technology officer, Australian Government Information Management Office, Australian Government Information Mananagement Office, social media policy, code of conduct
Australia’s chief technology officer discussed social media policy and the power of direct online publishing at a forum in Canberra. Public servants are now breaking news, he says.
Australia’s chief technology officer says there are two easy ways for public servants to avoid the wrath of social media policies: avoid the temptation to “say stupid stuff” online and make sure you spend most of your workday doing work.
Speaking at a Digital Culture Talk on social media in the public sector at the National Library yesterday, John Sheridan (pictured, right) played down concerns that in the age of online political debate public servants are being shut out of the conversation.
“The challenge, I think, that we have to deal with here is something that’s really not that hard to understand: don’t say stupid stuff,” the chief technology officer said. “That’s really all it is. You wouldn’t do it on the bus, you wouldn’t do it at a barbecue; don’t say it online either.”
Sheridan reminded the many public servants in the audience that the policy about online comments was exactly the same as the policy about offline public comment. He also moved to assure them their social media use was not a major concern to their employers.
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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