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Podcast: Social Media Safety Checks Following Attacks on Paris, the Rise of Hacktivism

News and views on social media in state and local government in one tidy little package.

by , / November 20, 2015
Paul W. Taylor

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Recorded live at the inaugural GovTech Social Unconference in Austin, Texas, the communications director for the city of San Marcos, Kristi Wyatt, and the Austin Police Department's Public Information Specialist Senior, Jennifer Herber, talk with regulars Anil Chawla from ArchiveSocial, Dustin Haisler of e.Republic Labs and GovTech's Paul Taylor about social media's role in a dangerous world.

Paris on Our Minds

The terrorist attacks on Paris dominate our thoughts and our social feeds, so what can we learn from social's take on the tragedy? How can governments engage in that conversation — if they do at all?




Also in this episode:

  • the week in tweets, including the Wall Street Journal launching on Snapchat. Legacy brands are beginning to interact on a platform where messages disappear overnight — is government next?
  • public-sector use of safety check-ins during natural and manufactured emergencies, and reconciling them across platforms;
  • taking a proactive stance toward hacktivism; and
  • staying engaged when your audience takes a break from social media.


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Paul W. Taylor Chief Content Officer, e.Republic Inc.

Paul W. Taylor, Ph.D., is the chief content officer of Government Technology and its parent organization, e.Republic. Prior to joining e.Republic, Taylor served as deputy Washington state CIO. Dr. Taylor came to public service following decades of work in media, Internet startups and academia. He is also among a number of affiliated experts with the nonprofit, non-partisan Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) in Washington, D.C. He is creator, producer and co-host of the GovTech360 podcast.

Dustin Haisler Chief Innovation Officer, e.Republic Inc.

Dustin Haisler is the Chief Innovation Officer of Government Technology's parent company e.Republic. Previously the finance director and later CIO for Manor, Texas, a small city outside Austin, Haisler quickly built a track record and reputation as an early innovator in civic tech. As Chief Innovation Officer, Haisler has a strategic role to help shape the company’s products, services and future direction. Primarily, he leads e.Republic Labs, a market connector created as an ecosystem to educate, accelerate and ultimately scale technology innovation within the public sector. Read his full bio.

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