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I work for a contemporary art gallery and our Internet service currently rests on the city’s server. Therefore, we are blocked from such sites as Facebook and MySpace. We’re not even allowed to post pictures on flikr or Kodak gallery, etc. The city sees them as non-work related sites, understandably. Any suggestions on how we should “pitch” to the city how necessary it is for us to have access to these social communication tools?

Here’s a BBC report on why “Bosses should embrace Facebook” based on a new study.  To make your case find additional data and examples to show how governments - city, state and local - are using social media to be more effective, responsive and citizen-friendly. Build they case for the trend; create a Google Alert “Government use of social media.” (Here’s one example)  Gather the best facts and examples and enlist other organizations like yours who feel the same way. Maybe even start a local social movement, using a blog or Facebook, to raise visibility of the issue. Get some ideas on how to force change from this post, Social media lessons from union organizers.

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