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Federal Agreements with Social Media Providers Released


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In response to a Freedom of Information Act request in April by the Electronic Information Privacy Center (EPIC), the GSA has released the “Web 2.0 agreements” that were generated by the agency on behalf of the federal government with many social media providers in March of 2009.  The release includes contracts with Blip.tv, Blist, YouTube, Flickr, and MySpace and the amendments to the Facebook, Slideshare, Vimeo, and AddThis Terms of Service.  It seems that while these agreements may resolve legal concerns associated with many standard terms and conditions that pose problems for agencies, such as liability limits, endorsements and freedom of information, the contracts with the GSA consistently omit statements concerning Web 2.0 service providers’ obligations to protect privacy.

Read More: Privacy and Government Contracts with Social Media Companies

Related Post: Government Social Media Provider Update

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Government Social Media Service Provider Update


In May of this year, the U.S. General Services Administration negotiated Terms Of Service (TOS) with several big social media providers.  The goal was to arrive at a TOS federal agencies would be comfortable enough with to sign so each agency – and provider – would be spared from negotiating separate TOS agreements. The White House and GSA have now also negotiated Terms of Service agreements with nine additional social media providers:


Cooliris (video and picture browsing)
Dipity (multimedia timelines)
FriendFeed (social networking aggregator)
IdeaScale (voting and feedback)
MixedInk (collaborative writing)
Scribd (social publishing)
TubeMogul (video analytics and distribution)
TwitVid (video sharing)
Wikispaces (collaboration)


This brings the total number of agreements to 19, including previous agreements with AddThis, blip.tv, Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, Slideshare, Socrata (formerly Blist), Twitter, Vimeo, and YouTube.

You can read more about the Federal TOS agreements on Webcontent.gov.

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EPA Launches Online Tools to Celebrate Earth Day


Earth Day is April 22nd every year and, this time around, the US EPA will be celebrating it as part of Earth Month.  To begin Earth Month, EPA launched several online tools to help educate Americans about how to protect their health and environment.  One feature includes a video project on their YouTube channel for anyone (over age 13) to upload a video with the hopes of teaching and inspiring everyone to protect the environment.  You can find these great tools, and more, on the Earth Day web site.