Paul, you are absolutely correct in that the lines have blurred. They only exist in a legal jurisdiction about where an employer has authority. But when it comes down to the authority over political speech, this may become a dividing line?
One challenge is the law often does not keep pace with technology. In many instances, new technology emerges and because it does not fit under existing guidelines, the courts do not know how to deal with it. The definition and distribution of child pornography is one area where the courts have struggled to determine what it is and what consuming it means.
On a different note, I am not sure what these employees were thinking. If I worked for someone whom I did not like, I don't think I would express those views in a public forum. The potential downsides would seem to far outweigh any possible benefit.
I haven't read the decision, but on the face of it (so to speak) it looks ridiculous. Surely clicking "Like" is expressing an opinion, same as publishing a pamphlet or a video. If those are protected speech, why shouldn't a Facebook like also be protected?
Enterprises would like to move to cloud computing but are hesitant because they are concerned about providers’ ability to secure company data. Here are some tips that help to ensure that if breaches occur, the business is not left holding the bag.
Big-data has become a big point of emphasis for many businesses. While the technology is available to deploy these applications, the needed personnel often is not. As a result, analytic engineers' salaries have blown past the six-figure mark, and hiring these experts has become a challenge for IT managers.
Increasingly, companies are using videoconferencing technology to help employees collaborate with co-workers, partners, and customers. As a result, demand for technicians is rising, and companies are finding it difficult to retain their quality workers.
A recent survey by Endace found that 23% of companies experience some type of network problem daily and another 25% have a serious problem each month. Enterprise networks are still very unreliable and probably will continue to be in the near term.
ITRC found that more than 600 security breaches took place in 2012. Flaws were found in some of the nation's most respected companies: Apple, Citibank, and Wells Fargo. So, it seems the bad guys are doing better than the men in the white hats.
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
Twitter's changes are clearly aimed at being more Facebook-like, and this is because both companies are vying to serve the mobile social network market. But can that market work for anybody, given how difficult it is to push ads to social-update readers?
The city of San Francisco is on the leading edge of using the Internet to provide government transparency. It is providing WiFi for its have-nots, and its DataSF.org initiative is putting the city's valuable data back in the hands of its citizens, with innovative results.
Showing results is the best way to win over social business doubters, according to Mary Maida, Medtronic lead information solutions manager. Internet Evolution's Mitch Wagner interviewed Maida at the E2 Innovate conference.
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