Accession Number : AD1020224


Title :   Commanders and Cyber Chat: Should More Guidance be Provided for Social Networking Sites


Descriptive Note : Technical Report


Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States


Personal Author(s) : Finkbeiner,Courtney


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1020224.pdf


Report Date : 01 Apr 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 31


Abstract : Social networking websites have emerged as the new meeting place in the twenty-first century. Cyber chat connects people with shared dialogue, information and pictures in public communities with hundreds of members. Recognizing the significance of this information tool, the Pentagon has allowed all soldiers to utilize social networking sites on the military's non-classified computer networks.1 Multiple military leaders have even started their own social blogs on Facebook or Twitter to share information and garner feedback from their troops. 2 Risks are inherent to public websites, and a certain amount of privacy is sacrificed in virtual societies. The limited guidance provided by higher headquarters regarding social networking responsibilities is lacking and fails to answer important questions that put the reputation of commanders and supervisors in jeopardy. Will accepting a friend request lead to perceptions of unprofessional relationships between supervisors/subordinates or officers/enlisted? To what extent are local commanders responsible for determining the participation in groups or the meaning of context posted by users of their Facebook pages?


Descriptors :   military personnel , online communities , Guidance , information systems , social networking services , national security , military training , computer network security , information assurance , military commanders , human resources , employment , department of defense , risk analysis


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE