The American military and our high schools have something in common.
They’re both blocking YouTube, MySpace and other web 2.0 sites from their networks.
Many school administrators and Department of Defense officials will claim the primary reason is not censorship but instead to keep these resources from clogging their networks.
Maybe. But it’s pretty obvious that controlling the information that reaches students/soldiers is also a big factor.
Now, I certainly understand the need for the military to prevent it’s members from posting sensitive material on public networks, especially those involved in a war zone.
But I wonder if military commanders understand that many soldiers know how to bypass the filters with minimal effort.
Do our school administrators realize students have the same information?
Rather than conducting a futile censorship battle, leaders of both American institutions should be looking for ways to use web 2.0 tools to help accomplish their missions.