Army opens Mil internet access to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, Vimeo

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Today was the day that Army bases were ordered to stop blocking social media sites. No Youtube, yes Vimeo. No Myspace, yes Facebook. Seems arbitrary, but those are the sites I prefer anyway, so I would be happy were I in the mil.

It’s interesting what remains banned… The list includes:

(a) YouTube, http://www.youtube.com

(b) 1.FM, http://www.1.fm

(c) Pandora, http://www.pandora.com

(d) Photobucket, http://www.photobucket.com

(e) MySpace, http://www.myspace.com

(f) Live365, http://www.live365.com

(g) hi5, http://www.hi5.com

(h) Metacafe, http://www.metacafe.com

(i) MTV, http://www.mtv.com

(j) BlackPlanet, http://www.blackplanet.com

(k) StupidVideos, http://www.stupidvideos.com

(l) Filecabi,http://www. filecabi.net.

Check out the official order below…

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

COPY ____ OF ____ COPIES d HQS, 93 SIGNAL BRIGADE FORT EUSTIS, VA 23604

18 1500 May 09

OPORD 09-14, WEB FILTERING STANDARD

References:

a. Signal Command Theater, OPORD 09-01, 100 Day Plan b. FRAGO 2 TO SECTION 6.2 TO TAB C TO APPENDIX 2 TO ANNEX C TO ARMY NETOPS OPORD 05-01(U) c. JTF-GNO ODM 059-07, IAP ACL/Security Filter Update for 15MAY2007.

Task Organization. N/A.

1. SITUATION: The Army has recently made access to several social media websites available from the Army home page within the .mil domain.

Access to these sites or a subset of these sites is available from some installations across CONUS and restricted at others. Similarly, web-based email is available from some installations and restricted at others. IAW 7 th Signal Command Theater 100 Day Plan, and in an effort to establish a web filtering standard for DOIMs across CONUS, the 93d Signal Brigade Commander directs all DOIMs to allow access to specific social media sites and access to web-based email from their respective campus area networks.

2. MISSION: Permit access to specific social media websites and all web-based email from the installation campus area NIPR network NLT 22 May 09.

3. EXECUTION:

a. Concept of Operations: IOT support the intent of senior Army leaders to leverage social media as a medium to allow soldiers to “tell the Army story” and to facilitate the dissemination of strategic, unclassified information, the social media sites available from the Army homepage http://www.army.mil, will be made accessible from all campus area networks. Additionally, all web-based email will be made accessible from all campus area NIPR networks in the 93d AOR.

b. Task to subordinate Units.

(1) All DOIMs will modify their web filtering systems to allow access to

the following web sites NLT 22 MAY 09 :

(a) Facebook, http://www.facebook.com

(b) Delicious, http://www.delicious.com

(c) Flickr, http://www.flickr.com

(d) Twitter, http://www.twitter.com

(e) Vimeo, http://www.vimeo.com

OPORD 09-14, WEB FILTERING STANDARD 15 1700 May 09

(2) IAW JTF-GNO ODM 059-07, IAP ACL/Security Filter Update for 15MAY2007, The document can be found at:

https://www.jtfgno.mil/operations/odm/2007/ODM_059_07/ODM_059_07.doc

All DOIMs will block access to the following sites:

(a) YouTube, http://www.youtube.com

(b) 1.FM, http://www.1.fm

(c) Pandora, http://www.pandora.com

(d) Photobucket, http://www.photobucket.com

(e) MySpace, http://www.myspace.com

(f) Live365, http://www.live365.com

(g) hi5, http://www.hi5.com

(h) Metacafe, http://www.metacafe.com

(i) MTV, http://www.mtv.com

(j) BlackPlanet, http://www.blackplanet.com

(k) StupidVideos, http://www.stupidvideos.com

(l) Filecabi,http://www. filecabi.net.

(3) All DOIMs, be prepared to make the necessary modifications to their Blackberry servers to allow mobile applications of these sites accessible and functional once STIG compliance is verified.

(4) Notify 93d Signal Brigade, Current Operations once completed via email at XXXXXX@us.army.mil

(5) Exemptions for other social media sites will be submitted in RFI format to 93d Signal Brigade Current Operations section at (757) XXX-XXXX, DSN XXX-XXXX, or XXXXX@conus.army.mil.

c. Coordinating Instructions: The POC for this tasking is Mr. XXXXXXX, 93d Signal Brigade, (757) XXX-XXXX, DSN XXX-XXXX, XXXXXX@us.army.mil 4. SERVICE AND SUPORT: N/A 5. COMMAND AND SIGNAL: CPT XXXXXX 93 d SIG BDE S3, DSN: 826-2664, Commercial: (757) XXX-XXXX Email: XXXX@us.army.mil

ACKNOWLEDGE:

GARRISON

COL

OFFICIAL:

Kuntz

S3

DISTRIBUTION: All

FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY

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