More Politicians Are Tweeting. But What Are They Saying?

Congress and social media have had a rocky relationship. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) had a popular Twitter account, including musings on everything from hitting a deer in his car to the History Channel, until his staff felt the need to rein it in and focus on policy. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) political downfall began with… More More Politicians Are Tweeting. But What Are They Saying?

House Asks DHS For Report On Social Media Use

House lawmakers passed an appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that includes report language calling on DHS to detail agency efforts to use of social media in disaster management. The House on June 7 passed 234-182 the fiscal year 2013 DHS appropriations bill, H.R. 5855. The measure funds the agency and other… More House Asks DHS For Report On Social Media Use

Lawmakers Take Closer Look at DHS’ Social Media Monitoring

There have not been many unifying issues for House Republicans and Democrats this congressional session. But, in a rare moment of bipartisanship, members of both parties took time at a Feb. 16 hearing to raise concerns with officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about the agency’s approach to social media monitoring. The House… More Lawmakers Take Closer Look at DHS’ Social Media Monitoring

Can Facebook Help Stop al-Qaeda?

Social media is not a particularly effective recruitment tool for terrorists groups like al-Qaeda and could actually be monitored by U.S. law enforcement to gather valuable intelligence on the propaganda and recruitment methods of terrorist organizations, an expert panel recently told House lawmakers. On Dec. 6, 2011, the House Homeland Security Committee’s counterterrorism and intelligence… More Can Facebook Help Stop al-Qaeda?