In a much-hyped launch
this afternoon, Apps.gov
was introduced as a centralized service for federal agencies to obtain cloud-based IT services. These services range from productivity and management applications for internal use to free social media plugins for agency websites. US CIO Vivek Kundra has often noted
that taking the government into the cloud was a priority for him for many reasons, among them cost saving and increased security among agencies, as well as furthering interagency collaboration.
is billed as a storefront for cloud services for government agencies. Many of these are apps for internal use only, and the website notes that internal agency users have no expectation of privacy. However, there are some external facing social media tools that are listed within the Apps.gov
catalog, and I hope that they make it clear as they work with these social media sites that user privacy is important. While amended terms of service for the social media tools are included on the site, we'd also like to see the contracts that GSA has entered into with third party vendors. Of particular interest are details about what types of social media tools will be available to interact with citizens.
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