The Interior Department is blocking access to blogs on government computers after its inspector general found employees were wasting time on pornography, gambling and auction sites.- - - - - - - - - -
Blogs — Web sites providing regular updates on a variety of topics — are among blocked sites because some include sexually explicit language, libelous or defamatory commentary, and outrageous language, said Frank Quimby, spokesman for the agency.
“People shouldn’t be having access to blogs — at least on government computers on government time,” Quimby said.
Some Interior employees complained that only conservative blog sites were being blocked. The news was broken by Gates of Vienna, a conservative political blog. Gates of Vienna posted an e-mail from an Interior employee that listed 15 conservative sites that were blocked and seven liberal blogs that were not blocked. Quimby said a review of access to 22 blogs on Oct. 13 showed that only five of the 15 conservative sites were blocked while two of the seven liberal sites were blocked.
Either way, all blogs will be blocked as the new Internet filters are fully rolled out, Quimby said.
The author, M.Z. Hemingway, notified me of this story by email:
Here we go. You will note that I gave you credit for breaking the story! I also think the story is much more dramatic than it first seemed.
If you want to post this on your blog, you can hyperlink my email address if you’d like: MZHemingway@federaltimes.com
Wouldn’t mind hearing from feds who are affected by this.
I’ll be following up on this in coming weeks.
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