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California Bureau Chief, Light Reading
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Mitch Wagner is California bureau chief for Light Reading.

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posted in May 2009

Air Force Calls In Twitter Air Strike

5/22/2009
When the Air Force wanted to refute reports that GPS technology is failing, the service turned to Twitter to get the word out. Government Q&As on Twitter have been going on for a few months; it looks like they've gone beyond the gimmicky roots and are emerging as useful communications tools.

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White House Strives To Reduce Noise In Social Media Initiatives

5/20/2009
The White House is learning that asking for public comment on a social media site isn't enough. The people running the site also have to separate the useful comments from noise. The White House is demanding results, not just openness, from its transparency efforts, said Beth Noveck, deputy director for open government in the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy. Noveck is "point person" for Obama's open government initiative, says Feder

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Spreading Panic On Social Media

5/15/2009
Do social media sites like Twitter fuel panic during public emergencies like the swine flu outbreak? I don't see it myself; quite the contrary, I find Twitter to be a good source of pointers to information about breaking news of any kind. However, not everybody agrees with me, and it's a question we need to think about.

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Rumors Of Second Life's Failure Are Just Lousy Journalism

5/7/2009
As a journalist and Second Life enthusiast, I'm annoyed by irresponsible articles that take it for granted that the virtual world is dying, or already dead, or a failure. In fact, Second Life is healthy and growing -- I say this based on personal experience, and statements made by officials of Linden Lab, the company that created, develops and operates Second Life.

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Obsolete Regulations Block Government Adoption Of Social Media

5/1/2009
The U.S. government's CIO told Congress this week that obsolete regulations are blocking agencies from serving the people by participating in top Web sites and social media. Regulations governing the use of cookies and -- ironically -- disclosure laws are keeping government stuck in the 20th Century.

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