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Good to Know…Week of June 20, 2011


SOCIAL NETWORKING
Social Networking Sites and Our Lives
Close to half of all adults now use social networking sites (SNS)—double the number of users in 2008—and the average user is getting older. Are there benefits associated with being connected to others in this way? A new study finds SNS users more trusting, politically engaged and able to keep close social ties.

To read this article, go to: PewResearch.org

LinkedIn is an Untapped Treasure Trove for Political Campaigns
New research from Pew highlights the high civic enthusiasm of social media users. When the scramble for Facebook fans is exhausted, the study suggests, LinkedIn could become the new political battleground.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

CLEAN ENERGY
Google’s Biggest Clean Energy Investment Ever is Going to Put Solar on Your Rooftop
Google has poured hundreds of millions of bucks into clean power over the last few months. But their newest announcement isn’t about utilities, it’s about getting solar panels on as many houses as possible.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

TECHNOLOGY
Why Not a Stealth Virus that Only Does Good?
I was watching the movie “I Am Legend” the other day with its interesting take on the zombie apocalypse. In the movie, the government comes up with a good virus that prevents all negative viruses from harming a person. No more sickness is a huge draw, and most of the population line up to get injected. Everything is fine until years later when people infected by the good virus turn into zombies.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

GOVERNMENT WASTE
All Agencies Looped into Campaign to Cut Government Waste
Vice President Biden on Monday announced the launch of a Campaign to Cut Government Waste, creating an oversight board modeled on the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, which used a central website to track federal stimulus money.

To read this article, go to: GovExec.com

Feds to Develop Mobile Apps Amid Website Freeze
The White House plan to trim the estimated 2,000 government websites is aligned with another to increase the number of Internet and mobile application-based customer self-service options.

To read this article, go to: InformationWeek.com

Are 1,000 Federal Websites Really a Waste?
The Obama administration’s efforts to cut government waste by, among other things, eliminating extraneous federal websites has claimed its first pelt. The Fiddling Foresters are no more–at least, they don’t exist on the Web.

To read this article, go to: GCN.com

BUTTERFLY EFFECT
China’s Cell Phone Pirates are Bringing Down Middle Eastern Governments
In the latest installment of Butterfly Effect, we examine China’s cheap knockoff cell phones. After being forced out of China and India, Chinese counterfeiters brought their product to the Middle East, where the sudden availability of information had unintended consequences for the region—and for China itself.

To read this article, go to: FastCompany.com

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