My latest Web Law Connected column is up at Slaw. The article is titled Social Media & Business Productivity, and addresses the current trend of law firms using proxy servers to block in-house access to social media websites.
Perhaps unexpected, I really sit on the fence on this issue; and didn’t take the anti-blocking stance. There are a number of ‘middle-ground’ alternatives which few firms have explored to date – including time based restrictions, and role-based (ie. based on business need) blocking.
The opinions and solutions on this issue are, unfortunately, extremely polarized. I think it’s also worth noting that neither extreme position (global blocking or unfettered access) actually aligns with the business goals of most law firms.
For a more detailed review, please link on over… I think the article does a reasonable job of describing my thoughts on the debate.