No more Facebooking in the legislature
The Legum's New Line blog reports this morning on a memo from the Department of Legislative Services banning access to MySpace and Facebook from General Assembly computers. The memo says there's been a spike in virus activity since the start of the legislative session, which the DLS IT department says is traceable to those sites.
Without Facebook to occupy their time, the state of Maryland is faced with the prospect of lawmakers actually paying attention to floor debates. The public policy implications are hard to fathom. Needless to say, we will be monitoring the situation closely.
Update: I'm hearing rumblings from the GOP that they think there may be more to the story than the threat of viruses. Republicans see the social networking sites as a good way to spread the word about their point of view, often hard to do in a Democrat-dominated legislature, and they think they're getting shut down because they're getting too much traction with it. How successful their efforts are, I don't know, but I can say I've gotten friended by a lot more people in the GOP caucus than by Dems.