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Monday, September 24, 2007

No more cyberslacking for state employees!

The Times Argus and Rutland Herald report this morning that the state is installing monitoring software to see what its 8000 workers are doing online:

The monitoring technology, already in place at the Agency of Transportation and Department of Buildings and General Services, keeps tabs on the workplace Web lives of state wage earners. Government officials say the move not only ensures employee compliance with workplace regulations, but also protects the state's computer network against viruses spread by some of the Internet's more nefarious sites.

"There's no specific timeline for statewide deployment," said Tom Murray, commissioner of the Department of Information and Innovation, a new agency that handles information technology for the state. "… Probably there will come a point in the next year or two where we'll say, 'Yeah … let's take it statewide.'"

If the Department of I and I could get cell phone service statewide, that would be cool.

Incidentally, what's with the capitalization of "Web?" That seems weird to me.

September 24, 2007 at 11:17 AM in VT Blogs | Permalink


Capitalization of "Web:" Seems an odd question coming from someone who's title is "Online Editor." You're supposed to be the one to whom people ask questions like that! I've noticed it too. "World Wide Web" and "Internet" are considered proper nouns so I guess their abbreviations, 'Net and Web, are too.

I find it just a little bit chilling that a government agency called the "Department of Information..." is installing "monitoring software." Brazil, anyone?

Posted by: bill simmon | Sep 24, 2007 1:34:30 PM

Actually, the person you're supposed to ask is the copy editor. But we don't have a copy editor. The editor here I usually ask is Pamela Polston, because she's the sharpest grammarian I know.

But Pamela wasn't here this morning when I posted my entry.

She is here now, though. I just asked her, and she said we capitalize both Web and Internet in the paper.

Still, I think it's weird.

Wired magazine hasn't been capitalizing either since August 2004.

Posted by: Cathy Resmer | Sep 24, 2007 2:05:42 PM

hope my boss isn't watching right now.

Posted by: bigbadbrad | Sep 27, 2007 2:10:55 PM

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