• Sweden edition
 
Swedish military urged to use Twitter on the job

Swedish military urged to use Twitter on the job

Published: 24 Jan 2011 16:24 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Jan 2011 16:24 GMT+01:00

The suggestion was made on the condition that the activities do not prevent employees from doing their job and do not violate any of the Armed Forces' rules for internet use.

The directive, a copy of which has been reviewed by The Local, singles out blogs, communities, web forums, wikis and online games as media that staff are actively encouraged to use during work hours.

Sites named in the document include Wikipedia, Facebook, Youtube, Flickr, Twitter and WordPress.

According to the document, a majority of Swedish internet users up to the age of 45 are members of a social network. The largest of them is Facebook, with 3.7 million Swedish members, according to a measurement last year. In addition, one-fifth of all Swedes aged 16 to 25 read blogs on a daily basis.

"Studies show a clear trend: among internet media, the use of social media has showed the largest increase," wrote Erik Lagersten, the Armed Forces' communications director.

He added that social media are also valued sources of information.

"We place great faith in the opinions and recommendations from friends and other consumers on the internet. Communication in social media is to a large degree based on different people's own experiences and by and large, everyone can contribute to it," wrote Lagersten.

"The large number of interests, votes and messages create a venue with breadth, depth, independence and openness," he added.

Lagersten argued that the Armed Forces are broadly represented and discussed in social media outlets, including online games, online communities, forums and blogs.

Those who have an interest in the Armed Forces or are affected by the agency, including employees, likely use social media to contribute to society's image of what the armed forces are doing and the degree of the authority's success.

The Armed Forces have a formal presence in public social media, such as on Facebook and YouTube, in order to increase awareness in society about the military and create the conditions for an open debate on its missions and operations.

In addition, the Swedish military also monitors communications in public social media as part of its overall surveillance, in addition to evaluate its own activities. It also uses it to streamline its operations and business practices, such as support for distance education or its own IT environment.

One prohibition is that staff will be barred from discussing matters relating to specific individuals in social media.

The directive was addressed to the military's division of strategic communications and marketing communications, which has until February 3rd to respond.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

Don't miss...X
Left Right

Your comments about this article

23:02 January 24, 2011 by johnny1939
Abolish the lot of them!!!!!Have we not learned anything from the Manning problem? Now we have to pay for these clowns to twitter and probably expose themselves on various stupid sights to stupid people that have nothin better to do. OJ, OJ my poor head aches w/ worry and there is nothing we can do I guess. Maybe time for something.......
00:42 January 25, 2011 by BobWas
Is this to cut out the middleman, Wikileaks, and have the military do its own leaking? They could call it Milileaks.
01:24 January 25, 2011 by millionmileman
Which rank came up with this brainwave? I do not go on ANY social networks period. This is where Viruses and Malware think the are in a petri dish. Reading this, I probably have more security on my personal PCs than the Försvarsdepartementet.

Ironically, I use Scandinavian security systems and nothing gets through. Who updates all their computers? Crickets chirping........

Trolling these sights was a career buster for an unsuspecting female soldier in the Israeli Army. She bragged about her absence on Facebook and will now do overtime.
01:27 January 25, 2011 by muscle
Its a good thing actually, you can bring the armed forces more towards social side. However, I hope the MEN don't give out details about any covert operations which the government may not like to be disclosed to public.

And if someone makes this mistake, will he be punished or court marshaled (whatever you have here in sweden) ?
06:51 January 25, 2011 by krattan
Many years ago I came in contact with the internal Swedish Defense Forces internal systems. They had a completely separated network infrastructure for internal traffic which had no connection to the internet. All use of then regular floppy disks to this network etc were prohibited. They also had separate computers which had internet connection with less security. Don't know how things have developed since. But I'm sure the security thinking are there.

One thing that kind of comes forward in the article is that the surveillance guys are checking social media. We know that Facebook was a good source for the terrorist attack in Stockholm. By social media they are able to do some "internal surveillance" and check on their employees, check for security risks and so forth. I guess this is one reason for the encouragement.
Today's headlines
Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation
Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag meets children in Husby, Stockholm. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

Race to be scrapped from Swedish legislation

The Swedish government announced that it plans to remove all mentions of race from Swedish legislation, saying that race is a social construct which should not be encouraged in law. READ  

US aircraft 'violates' Swedish airspace

US aircraft 'violates' Swedish airspace

A mystery airplane that passed over Swedish airspace recently has been revealed as an American aircraft, sources revealed on Thursday. READ  

Elite schools stripped of 'special' privileges

Elite schools stripped of 'special' privileges

Sweden's three elite boarding schools can no longer charge tuition fees, the government announced on Thursday, in a string of changes following a two-year review. READ  

Bildt lays out four steps to Gaza peace
Photos: TT

Bildt lays out four steps to Gaza peace

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt stated that there are four steps to achieving peace in Gaza, and that it begins with removing the blockade - which has "played into Hamas' hands". READ  

Malmström snags EU commissioner post again

Malmström snags EU commissioner post again

Cecilia Malmström has been nominated to be the European Commissioner for another five years, Sweden's prime minister announced on Thursday. READ  

Stockholm Pride 2014
In Pictures: Stockholm's Historic Pride Party
Conchita Wurst belts out a ballad. Photo: Rebecca Jacobs

In Pictures: Stockholm's Historic Pride Party

With Stockholm's Pride Week in full swing, The Local's Rebecca Jacobs heads on down to the traditional Historic Party to take in the colours, Conchita, and the community. READ  

Two to hospital after Stockholm fire

Two to hospital after Stockholm fire

Two people were taken to hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning after a fire began in their central Stockholm apartment. READ  

Salmonella prompts Coop hamburger recall
Photo: Jim Cole/TT

Salmonella prompts Coop hamburger recall

Swedish supermarket chain Coop has recalled its in-store brand of fresh hamburger meat after a routine check revealed traces of salmonella in the meat. READ  

What's On in Sweden
Photo: Roger Vikström/TT

What's On in Sweden

It's Pride Week in Stockholm. Find out more about the celebrations (including the biggest Pride Parade in Scandinavia) as well as plenty of other activities in Sweden's three biggest cities. READ  

Sweden resumes aid to 'anti-gay Uganda'
Hillevi Engström and protesters against Uganda's anti-gay laws. Photos: Maja Suslin/Ben Curtis/TT

Sweden resumes aid to 'anti-gay Uganda'

Sweden has resumed sending development aid funds to Uganda, after suspending payouts back in March due to "anti-gay legislation". READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
National
Stockholm Pride bars Sweden Democrats
National
Gender neutral pronoun 'hen' enters dictionary
Society
Top ten cafes in Stockholm
People-watching
Gallery
People-watching - Stockholm Pride
Photo: Henrik Trygg/Imagebank Sweden
Society
Sweden worst in EU at getting foreigners jobs
Blog updates

31 July

Calling a speedo a speedo (Blogweiser) »

"There are a lot of speedos on Europe’s beaches. Some European males are evidently more comfortable sporting small, stretchy suits on public beaches than I would be. I accept it may be nice to have swimwear that’s not long and cumbersome. A speedo is maybe also good for tanning. But strolling around town in a..." READ »

 

27 July

Approaching Stockholm (Around Sweden in a kayak) »

"I woke up in the comfort of my own little cabin on Eva and Rolf’s boat, it was 7:30am and I was feeling a bit groggy after a couple of beers with all the lovely locals the night before. The previous day had really taken its toll on my body and I was very stiff and..." READ »

 
 
 
Lifestyle
Stockholm Pride kicks off
Analysis
The top six ways the US and Sweden differ
National
Swedish youth suicides hit 25-year high
National
Politician reported for selling 'negro ball'
National
Police turn blind eye to Swedish 'slave trade'
Gallery
Stockholm Pride: Allsång på Skansen with Conchita Wurst
Skatteverket
Sponsored Article
Introducing... ID cards and permits in Stockholm
Gallery
People-watching, June 26th - 28th. Get inside Stockholm's hottest nightclubs
Gallery
Top ten Swedish taboos
Society
Seven-year-old Swede cycles to Berlin
Politics
'Gaza conflict needs help, not empty rhetoric'
Society
Swedes voted 'most beautiful' in the Nordics
Business & Money
Sweden demands EU clarity on Bitcoin tax
National
Swedish organic sales enjoy 'amazing' growth
Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT
Society
What's On in Sweden
Gallery
People-watching July 23
National
Swedish cops elect not to shoot 'angry elks'
Business & Money
New alcohol retail rules threaten micro-breweries
Gallery
People-watching Båstad
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Your finances in Stockholm
Sponsored Article
Introducing... Housing in Stockholm
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Germany

More news from Germany at thelocal.de

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

741
jobs available
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions
Swedish Down Town Consulting & Productions is an innovative business company which provides valuable assistance with the Swedish Authorities, Swedish language practice and general communications. Call 073-100 47 81 or visit:
www.swedishdowntown.com
If you want to drink, that’s your business.
If you want to stop, we can help.

Learn more about English-language Alcoholics Anonymous in Sweden. No dues. No fees. Confidentiality assured.
AA-EUROPE.ORG/SWEDEN
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
http://psdmedia.se