Unblocked!

I just got word that Anderson County employees have regained a little freedom in their online reading.  A few weeks ago, several local sites were selectively blocked from county computers, including Citizen Netmom, Bull Moose, Atomic Tumor and Atomic City Talk that I know of.

To block nonessential sites from the workplace, while a bit draconian, is entirely within the employer’s rights.  Acting to keep government employees from wasting time on non-work activities is okay too, so long as it’s equitably administered — i.e., all similar sites are blocked. 

That isn’t what was happening at Anderson County, though.  While Atomic City Talk was blocked, the Oak Ridger forum was not, with the key difference being that there was a thread on ACT that might be construed as critical of certain local officials, while Mushroom Cloud was sucking up over at the other place.  It was blocking based upon political opinion, not conserving time.  At the same time, three local blogs were blocked, while at least one county employee’s personal promotional site is not.

In any case, we’re back online.  Thanks to whomever pulled the plug on that bad idea.

9 Responses to “Unblocked!”


  1. […] So, as Netmom has pointed out, apparently the embargo placed on this fine website, Atomic City Talk, Netmom’s place, and Bull Moose’s page by the powers that run the Anderson County government internet filtering system has now been lifted. […]

  2. on 28 Aug 2007 at 1:58 pm Joel

    Anderson Co. Gov’t IQ just went up 10 points.


  3. […] Citizen Netmom reports that Andersen County has lifted a block on certain websites being accessed by county employees: I just got word that Anderson County employees have regained a little freedom in their online reading. A few weeks ago, several local sites were selectively blocked from county computers, including Citizen Netmom, Bull Moose, Atomic Tumor and Atomic City Talk that I know of. […]

  4. on 28 Aug 2007 at 4:38 pm girlfriend

    Joel:

    Their total IQ is only 10.

  5. on 30 Aug 2007 at 11:11 am Citizen Netmom » Censored Again!

    […] Two days ago, I praised them for removing the block, but it must have been an accident.  This morning, I’m blocked again, as is BullMoose and Atomic City Talk.  My speculation for the reason is that all three of these have been home to some discussion about double-dipping on the County payroll, critique of the Budget Director (Gail Cook) for refusing to release to County Commission a list of all County employees who are paid out of multiple pay codes, possible insurance contract kickbacks, etc. […]

  6. on 05 Nov 2007 at 7:31 am SazyGee

    please tell me how to get on bebo at school

  7. on 05 Nov 2007 at 10:30 am bebo.com@hotmail.com

    bebo.com

  8. on 21 Nov 2007 at 6:04 pm Citizen Netmom » Counterproductivity

    […] Counterproductivity Back in August, I wrote (here and here) about Anderson County’s internet filtering of all computers within the courthouse.  At the time, my primary objection was that the filtering was (and still is) selective — not based on appropriate content, but more along the lines of political thought. […]

  9. on 22 Jan 2008 at 3:18 pm blondell

    i hate having myspacebloked atmy school

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