Useful blog

Laptop City Hall is a blog I’ve come across a few times recently, and I like it. Considering that city council meetings and the like are not always the most entertaining source of news, this blog makes them pretty interesting.

Yesterday’s posting mentions an ordinance before the city council to modify the the city’s public records policy. The goal of the ordinance is to discourage city employees from using instant messaging or text messaging to discuss city business, reason being that IM’s and texts are not subject to the Open Records law. I would suggest rather than trying to keep staff from using whatever form of communication they prefer, IM’s and text messages ought to be archived properly so that they can easily answer open records requests.

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6 Responses to “Useful blog”


  1. 1 Orville Seymer August 20, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    Who told you that IM’s and text messages are not subject to the Open Records law?

  2. 2 Elizabeth August 21, 2008 at 8:17 am

    That’s how Mayor Dave and Alderman Zach Brandon would like to change the law. See my older post about it: http://wisunbeam.wordpress.com/2008/02/19/surprising-agreement/

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