State Department To Model Internal Social Network After Facebook

The State Department’s eDiplomacy think tank will be launching a “Statebook” social network to connect diplomats and employees with one another via a Facebook-style system. This appears to be part of a larger cultural shift at the State Department from one of relative secrecy to one of more openness, transparency, and information sharing.

This closed social network would allow members to post profiles and share links to pertinent information within the State Department’s databases, and is meant to foster a more collaborative approach within the department. The network is also designed to make expert knowledge more readily available to members with security clearance.