Social Networks Grow More Popular, Sweden Introduces Green Energy Policy

Electronic health records may boost smartphone use by doctors.

by / June 1, 2009

Linked In?

Member communities, such as social networks and blogs, have increased in popularity within the last year, according to Global Faces and Networked Places, a report published in March by the Nielsen Company. The report found that 45 billion minutes were spent on member communities in 2008.


Socially Acceptable

Results from Facebook confirmed that nearly 75 percent of users voted for the new governance policies after debate about the original terms of use, which suggested that the social utility owned users' materials.
Twitter breeds quitters? According to a Nielsen survey, 60 percent of tweeters quit within the first month.
In case of emergency, you can hear it through the grapevine. Microsoft is beta-testing Vine, which is similiar to Twitter. Users can receive real-time emergency updates from media outlets nationwide.


Digital Docs

As economic stimulus funds are disbursed for electronic health records, many more physicians will probably start tapping their smartphones for patient care. Sixty-four percent of physicians already use a smartphone to access online and medical resources, according to a survey conducted by Manhattan Research.


Germane Technologies

The German government is seeking ways to tighten weapons control to curb violence that recently struck the nation. Proposed measures include having better gun safety locks and implementing biometric technology, like fingerprint scanners, on deadly weapons. Fingerprint scanners store owners' fingerprints and authenticate them before giving a user access to a weapon; scanners are already on the German market.


Paving the Way

Sweden unveiled a new energy policy to ensure a more fuel-efficient nation. The government aims to rely less on fossil fuels and reduce its carbon emissions. The government's goals include renewable energy comprising 50 percent of all energy produced by 2020, a fossil fuel-free taxi fleet by 2030 and a carbon-neutral nation by 2050. Citizens with clean-fuel vehicles will pay reduced taxes, while those without will see their taxes increase.


Karen Stewartson

Karen Stewartson served as the managing editor of Government Technology for many years. She also contributed to Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.