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Browse through a collection of more than 100 articles and model forms in the MCIT Resource Library. Use the search tools to the left to narrow in on the appropriate resource.
7 Articles found | Social Media and Technology
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In Minnesota, many elected local officials have a choice between using a government entity-provided e-mail account or using a personal e-mail account for conducting government business. Whether officials should use government-entity or personal e-mail accounts for conducting official business is ultimately a policy decision for the governing body and the elected official. When making this decision, there are a few issues to keep in mind, such as security of the account and preservation of the government data in a personal account. (These considerations also apply to employees using personal e-mail accounts for government business.)
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Social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, have become a crucial component in a government entity’s communication strategy with the public. Social media can greatly facilitate the sharing of information directly to an interested audience. But it may also allow the public to comment on the public entity’s policies, services, officials and employees in a fairly public manner.

How the entity manages these comments and individuals’ access to the entity’s social media accounts has potential First Amendment implications.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in larger numbers of employees working from home. This has kept organizations functioning, but working from home creates an increased risk of data breaches. One of the risks is personal digital assistants such as Amazon Echo (a.k.a. Alexa) or Google Home. T
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Two recent cases demonstrate that from a risk management standpoint, elected officials should be cautious about blocking users based on their expressed viewpoints. Elected officials should also be cautious about removing or deleting any user comments, unless done so in accordance with an established viewpoint-neutral comment policy that is consistent with the First Amendment.
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Public entities must ensure website accessibility and social media accessibility to everyone, including individuals with disabilities, for their sites—both state and federal law require it.
When employee-owned technology is used for work purposes, public employers and employees are open to various risks even if the intent is to be more efficient at work. This resource examines some of these risks, including data retention, data privacy and security, and wage and hour concerns. This resource focuses on smartphones, although many of the concepts presented may also apply to employee home computers, laptops and tablet computers.
Social media and the workplace may expose public entities to risk. This Resource examines three such areas: 1) employee personal use of social media; 2) using social media and Internet searches when making hiring decisions; and 3) social media employment references.