Blog Ban

Wired is running an article on corporations banning employee access to blogs via company computers. 

According to this article

. . . companies worry that employees might leak sensitive material — perhaps inadvertently — while posting comments to blog message boards. In a survey of over 300 large businesses . . . 57.2 percent of respondents were concerned with employees exposing sensitive material in blogs.

What I find particularly interesting about this article is that there is no evidence (anecdotal or otherwise) of a single incident of corporate leakage.  I suppose it’s possible that leaking of sensitive material on blogs is a big problem in corporate America and that Wired simply failed to present that part of the story.  But the cynic in me doubts this.

As one individual interviewed in the article notes, it is much more likely that this is about employee productivity than it is about protecting information.

It is also probable that this is yet another story tapping into the recent hysteria about “controlling the information.” All the hoopla over the last few weeks about the veracity and value of Wikipedia articles and the supposed “amorality of Web 2.0” seems to be about the same issues. When access to information and publication channels suddenly is in the hands of the masses, the folks in charge get a little touchy.