Unblocking the net for employees

One thing I’ve got to know well over the years about my podcasting partner Shel Holtz is his passionate views about internal communication, intranets and all manner of technology as it relates to organizations and communication.

So it comes as no surprise to me to see that today Shel launched StopBlocking.org, a campaign intended to address one of his hot-button issues, that of companies blocking employee access to resources on the net.

It’s a topic we’ve both discussed quite a few times in various episodes of our FIR podcast.

It’s not just about companies banning Facebook, notwithstanding the high media profile such acts have had in recent months, especially here in the UK.

It’s about all forms of blockage, ranging from websites and blogs to RSS subscriptions:

Companies everywhere are blocking employee access to the Net, fueled by questionable research and irresponsible pronouncements of self-serving individuals and organizations. This site is designed to serve as a hub information resource for those who believe the benefits of providing access far outweigh the risks.

This is a great initiative and kudos to Shel for getting it started.

It’s something I support wholeheartedly, which is why I’m happy to show that support via displaying one of the stop-blocking badges on my site.

Why not do the same? And while you’re about it, add your voice and sign the petition.

And I bet a Facebook group comes soon.