United States department of the interior chief information officer Hord Tipton has just delivered his presentation at the AFR's Government Technology Summit here in Canberra, Australia.
Interesting, smart guy. My ears pricked up when he started talking about how the government has implemented web filtering across approximately 45 categories, including all the usual areas: porn, dating services etc. Then out comes this pearler.
"We blocked the bloggers. That is a first ammendment right as far as bloggers are concerned," he said. "They have taken over in the United States."
Bloggers were apparently wasting time and not doing their 'real jobs.' The audience here laughed at the fact that Hord had upset his department's bloggers.
But seriously, blogging an elicit activity worthy of being banned like porn sites? Yikes.
If there are any blocked corporate/government bloggers out there, I like to hear how that's affected your attitude towards your employer.