Government information and leaks

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Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms provide the opportunity for government to communicate quickly and freely with citizens, but at the same time the technology provides new temptations for officials to conduct the public's business in secret. This chapter examines the implications of social media in government and public record laws. Also, social media outlets, such as WikiLeaks, offer the potential of quickly disseminating records, including classified documents, that the government doesn't want out. The chapter ends with best practices for government and information seekers in dealing with social media and public records.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Media and the Law
Subtitle of host publicationA Guidebook for Communication Students and Professionals
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9780203112915
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Cuillier, D. (2013). Government information and leaks. In Social Media and the Law: A Guidebook for Communication Students and Professionals (pp. 120-133). Taylor and Francis.