Here is a chance for everyone to have input (and possibly an impact) on policy.
The Department of Defense is in the middle of a policy review on how to manage Internet-based capabilities like social networking and social media. These applications have a huge positive impact on certain missions like public affairs, recruitment, internal communication, and maintaining quality of life for our servicemembers and their families. At the same time, providing access to these sites from official DoD networks opens those networks to security threats. To help inform the decision-making process that will balance these concerns, we are seeking your input.
Please consider: To what extent do Internet functions like social networking impact quality of life for military servicemembers and families? Is access more important when servicemembers are deployed? Are there specific Internet-based activities you feel are crucial to family bonding, family readiness, and community support?
To capture your responses, DoD created the "Web 2.0 Guidance Forum" blog - located here.
Please visit the blog and take the time to share your thoughts, experiences, and specific applications of Internet tools in the comments section. Also, please pass on the link to your family, friends, and contacts to help provide DoD leaders with the information they need to make informed decisions on Internet-based activities.
Thank you for your feedback and your assistance in this important mission.