February 4, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
"Today's news from MySpace casts doubt on parts of a recent report by a Task Force charged with finding and developing technologies to make social networks safer." -- North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said today that MySpace revealed that it has found approximately 90,000 registered sex offenders on its social networking Web site. That total includes 40,000 more offenders than the company previously acknowledged it had found on its site.
"Today's news from MySpace casts doubt on parts of a recent report by a Task Force charged with finding and developing technologies to make social networks safer," said Cooper in a release. Cooper, Blumenthal and other attorneys general criticized the report for using outdated research that predates the emergence of social networking sites and for minimizing law enforcement reports that child predators are using these sites to find their victims.
For more than three years, Cooper and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal have led a group of attorneys general who are pushing to make social networks safer, winning landmark national agreements with MySpace and Facebook in 2008.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott -- who said he did not join the Task Force report -- said the report and media stories based on it mislead parents to ignore some of the real dangers on social networking sites.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.