Social Computing and Politics

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Irwin Lazar, Vice President & Service Director, Nemertes Research

September 14, 2009

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A couple of interesting data points:

  • A new Pew study notes that the Interent isn't really changing who participates in politics, but Pew notes that blogs and social networking sites are seeing growing political activity.

  • Brendan Nyhan on his blog points to efforts underway to leverage social computing to improve political polling

There's all sorts of implications here from the Enterprise 2.0 perspective, not only the potential to use social computing for data gathering, but also the potential risks of employees using their public social networks to promote political views that may be contrary to their employer.
I'm curious to hear if any companies are implementing any guidelines on how employees use their personal social networks?

About the Author(s)

Irwin Lazar

Vice President & Service Director, Nemertes Research

Irwin Lazar is the Vice President and Service Director at Nemertes Research, where he manages research operations, develops and manages research projects, conducts and analyzes primary research, and advises numerous enterprise and vendor clients. Irwin is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in areas including VOIP, UC, video conferencing, social computing, collaboration, contact center and customer engagement.

A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and sought-after speaker and author, Irwin is a blogger for No Jitter and frequent author for He is a frequent resource for the business and trade press and is regular speaker at events such as Enterprise Connect and Interop. Irwin's earlier background was in IP network architecture, design and engineering.

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