Call to action to stop blocking

stopblockingTwo years ago, my podcasting partner Shel Holtz started a campaign called Stop Blocking as a means of drawing attention to a practice by some organizations to prevent access by employees to wide swathes of content on websites, blogs and other places online.

During the past few years, Shel gathered information and published posts on the Stop Blocking blog highlighting what was going on in many workplaces.

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.

He started a wiki that would be a place where anyone could add content to enrich the resources available to anyone with an interest in the subject matter.

Things went a bit quiet last year, but now Shel is recommitting himself to this cause – and he needs our help:

What can you do?

  • Send me resources — When you find a study or survey that either related to employee use of social media, blocking access, corporate policies or anything else that helps build the body of knowledge, please send it my way.
  • Link to — The only way this initiative will build into a movement is if it’s visible.
  • Put the badge on your blog — There are several versions available.
  • Share success stories — Blog about the benefits of access to an open web in the workplace, and let me know so I can link to your posts.
  • Make the case — Use the information at to make a solid business case for open access in your organization.

Worth supporting.

Neville Hobson

Social Strategist, Communicator, Writer, and Podcaster with a curiosity for tech and how people use it. Believer in an Internet for everyone. Early adopter (and leaver) and experimenter with social media. Occasional test pilot of shiny new objects. Avid tea drinker.

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