Geist: Facing Up To Facebook Fears

Michael Geist's weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star, homepage) examines last week's decision by the Ontario government to block access to Facebook for government employees. He argues that the attempts to block Facebook or punish users for stating their opinions fails to appreciate that social network sites are simply the Internet generation’s equivalent of the town hall and that attempts to block such activity are not only bound to fail, but they ultimately cut off decision makers, school officials, and community leaders from their communities.