The Great Dallas Blog Ban is still very much in effect. As I understand it all county employees are being taken to "level 1" status with heavy restrictions on their internet access. To lessen the restrictions employees have to submit their reasoning for the access to their boss and their boss has to submit the endorsed request to the County Commissioner's Court. Seems like much ado about nothing to me to go to all this trouble to block access!Original post:
According to The Wretched of the Earth, Dallas County has blocked access to most blogs that public defender regularly reads, including Grits! Prosecutors, he said, are barred from the same websites. I responded in the comments:
I know county officials who read Grits and other blogs who consider it part of their job, especially for Grits, e.g., on jail overcrowding and legislative stuff. (A recent Grits site survey found 38.5% of readers were govt workers and 53% read primarily for "professional" reasons.) There's a lot of material on blogs for lawyers, by lawyers, etc..With half Grits readers here for "professional" reasons, I fancy blogs may actually help some employees with their work. For others it would waste time, but so does email, and anyway it doesn't sound like that's the (stated) motivation. I don't think what I'll heretofore call the Great Dallas Blog Ban is a very smart idea.
That really sucks. Who is responsible for this policy?
What do y'all think? Should government block its employees' access to blogs?
FOLLOWUP: The source of The Great Dallas Blog Ban: John Wiley Price.