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NextGov: Commentary: If It’s Social and It’s Digital, It May Be Government


New tech helps feds do their jobs, and agencies are adapting.

When you hear words like “digital,” “social” or “online community,” “government” should also come to mind. Agencies are adapting to developments in social media and digital technologies in some surprising ways.

Consider the Defense Department’s All Partners Access Network, formerly known as the Asia Pacific Area Network. Hosted by U.S. Pacific Command, APAN is a community of unclassified Web portals that facilitate information exchange and archiving in a collaborative planning environment. This allows Defense to build partnerships and improve security cooperation initiatives, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and event planning. As a result, APAN provides a unique military operational capability necessary to support multi-agency operations as well as government and nongovernment organizations during complex operations and events.

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