The Issue

Social media networks, such as Twitter and Facebook, have provided a wide window into the conversations and debates between public officials, journalists and onlookers. But all the tools available could be just another way to operate under the public’s radar.

The Concern

Governments have begun to ban the use of cell phones and computers by politicians during public meetings over fear of improper communications with lobbyists and special interests.

What’s More

The sheer volume of content and vast proliferation of mediums raise questions about whether compliance of with the state’s public records law will end up coming down to the honor system.

Dagny Salas was web editor at Voice of San Diego from 2010 to 2013. She was an investigative fellow at VOSD from 2009 to 2010.

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