The National Archives is taking a hard look at social media. According to the article, “In November 2011, conversations about connection technologies have shifted from whether governments should use social media to how governments should use social media. Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube are part of the default template for the websites of newly elected officials. As the year comes to an end, the risks and rewards of Web 2.0 are better known for both citizens and government alike. People from every walk of life naturally have questions about what the explosion of social media will mean for the future of society, including difficult questions about what this new landscape will mean for privacy, security, freedom of expression and online identity.”

It continues, “It’s in that context that the National Archives recently convened a conversation about ‘What’s Next?’ at the McGowan Theater in its headquarters in Washington, D.C. David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States of America (AOTUS), introduced the forum on social media: ‘Access to records in this century means digital access. For many people, if it is not online, it doesn’t exist. The use of social media to increase access is the new norm. NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] has been going after innovative tools and projects that increase digital access to our records, including projects that invite public participation. We are developing a Citizen Archivist Dashboard that will encourage the public to pitch in via social media tools on a number of our projects.’ Ferriero introduced the idea of a ‘citizen archivist’ after he joined the National Archives in 2009. Now, the National Archives is moving forward with enlisting the help of the people in identifying, digitizing and archiving the nation’s history with the use of the Internet.”

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