Public sector still closed to social media

20/01/2010

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The public sector needs to exploit social networking as no-one 'can afford to ignore the potential' according to a new report.

The Society of Information Technology Management (Socitm) says its findings show that most ICT managers in the public sector restrict or even block social networks.

By doing this they're taking the wrong attitude to something that could improve the company.

The report has revealed that 90 per cent of public sector bodies restrict social networking in some way, while over two-thirds cut employees off from it completely.

ICT managers need to look at how how social media may help deal with budget issues by 'engaging citizens, delivering services, and empowering employees in new ways of working', the firm says.

And we can't ignore social media. The report boldly states: "Failure to engage with the trend is tantamount to decrying the telephone at the end of the 19th century."ADNFCR-2575-ID-19567028-ADNFCR