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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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posted in March 2009

How One Small Town Is Using Twitter And Other Social Media

3/27/2009
Following my post earlier this week about why local governments aren't making use of Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, I found myself in Second Life with the city engineer of the town of LaSalle, Ill, talking about how the government of her little town uses Twitter, blogs, Facebook, Skype and Second Life to better serve their citizens and stay in touch with other small-town officials across the United States and Canada.

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Why Aren't Local Governments Using Twitter And Facebook?

3/26/2009
Local governments deal with people one at a time. The face of local government is the face of your neighborhood cop, your kids' schoolteacher, and the firefighter who comes when you smell smoke. Social media like Twitter and Facebook are great for helping organizations deal with people one-on-one. So why aren't more local governments on Facebook and Twitter?

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Listen To A Conversation About Battlefield Robots With:"Wired For War" Author P.W. Singer

3/20/2009
P.W. Singer, author of the book Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century, inspires wonder and fear about real-life advances in robotic technology. Thousands of unmanned drones and ground-based robots have become an essential part of warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan, changing the nature of war and what combat means to our soldiers, sailors, and airmen and women.

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GOP Looks To Twitter And Other Social Media To Rebuild

3/13/2009
The GOP is looking to Twitter and other social media to help reunite the party and rebuild its power base. Part of that strategy is to use social media to communicate directly with the people, bypassing newspapers and other traditional media, which the GOP perceives as biased against it and dying. The GOP is looking to the example of Barack Obama, who leveraged social media to build a coalition and raise funds in last year's election.

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Government Using Widgets, Twitter To Take Information To The People

3/11/2009
One of the ways that social media changes the Web is that social media require you take your message to the people. The game is no longer about attracting people to your Web site -- it's about bringing your content to Twitter and other people's Web sites. That's a lesson that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put into practice in the recent recall of tainted peanut-butter, and that the Ohio Attorney General is using for home foreclosure information.

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More Details Emerge On Reported Apple Netbook

3/10/2009
Another reputable news organization is reporting independent confirmation that Apple plans to launch a netbook with a touchscreen as early as the second half of this year, while a prominent tech blogger shares some interesting analysis that the device will be a keyboardless tablet.

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PODCAST: Survive And Thrive As A CIO

3/6/2009
Enterprises expect a lot from their chief information officers -- not just stellar technology skills, but also visionary business leadership. More than 700 InformationWeek readers weigh in on how to keep the CIO role strong well into the future.

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Pew Study Throws Cold Water On Democracy 2.0 Idealism

3/5/2009
A study from Pew Research casts doubts on the idealistic vision that Web and social media tools level the democracy playing field between rich and poor. The study says that the disparity between rich people and poor people in online politics is even worse than the disparity using conventional political tools.

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Apple Refreshes Desktops: Is The iMac Irrelevant?

3/4/2009
Apple this week upgraded its desktop line, boosting the speed and power of its Mac Mini, iMac, and Mac Pro. The Mini is once again a nice low-end system for someone looking for a second Mac. The company added even more power to the Mac Pro, its high-end desktop for people who need a lot of power and are willing to spend a lot of money for it. That leaves the all-in-one iMac stuck in the middle. In an era when desktop PC sales are being eroded by netbooks, notebook computers, and the floundering

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The Daily Show's Jon Stewart Looks At Washington's Twitter Obsession

3/3/2009
In this clip from The Daily Show, host Jon Stewart and fake correspondent Samantha Bee cast skeptical eyes on Washington's embrace of Twitter, portraying Beltway Twitterers as a bunch of middle-aged members of Congress and journalists trying desperately to appear hip. Stewart plays the cranky old guy who's skeptical of Twitter, while Bee plays the breathless -- and clueless -- early adopter.

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