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Commonwealth Launches Cross-Govt Social Network
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Friday, October 28, 2011
Focus: E-Education
Created: Oct 31, 2011

The Commonwealth Secretariat launched a new social network today that ties together 90 member agencies and organisations. Called ‘Commonwealth Connects’, the network consists of public information portal and password-protected social networking functions for official networks, forums and advisory bodies of the Commonwealth.

Project Executive Richard Simpson said it would facilitate the planning and preparation of high-level meetings, policy consultations and the preparation of joint submissions to international bodies.

It would also allow countries to share expertise and best practices to promote capacity building for less developed countries, he said.

“The goal of Commonwealth Connects is to harness the power of twenty-first century web technologies to strengthen the Commonwealth community,” Simpson said.

Initially, the public-facing section of the site will aggregate data sourced from some 200 Commonwealth agency websites.

Simpson said a major challenge for Commonwealth Connects was enabling search engine, calendar and opportunity listing features on a cross-site basis.

Meanwhile, password-protected social networking information would be secured “according to the level of confidentiality required by the participants”, he said.

“All communities will require a user name and password to log in… Participants at the outset will determine who has access to what,” he said.

“Higher levels of security for the network and documentation can be added in.”
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