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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Montana Town's Anti-Social Networking Policy

By way of SlashDot: If you want to work for Bozeman City, Montana, you're going to have to 'fess up all your Internet secrets: your web pages, blogs, your membership in Facebook, IRC chat rooms, YouTube services and the like. This is part of their background investigation. For writers and readers, this could include your writing sites.

When asked about creating a separate Bozeman Facebook page, then asking applicants to add the City as "friend," thus allowing the City to view the applicant's profile, Sullivan said officials could explore the option. This would limit the city to only view the page of the applicant.

According to several Internet sources, Bozeman has a population of about 27,500. It is hard to imagine such a town being able to pay for the inevitable legal challenges to their policy, especially since several organizations provide free legal service to defend Internet rights.

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