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Our Border

Our Border – A Border Civic Network is a website created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

From the announcement email (as quoted on the Two Weeks Notice blog):

Our Border is a civic network that facilitates conversation about the Southwest Border. The Department of Homeland Security created the network to introduce a new level of dialogue to the discussion about the issues that affect the border and its residents. We encourage you to take advantage of the site’s many features. Post a blog, comment in a forum, introduce yourself, upload a video, or post a photo. Or, if you have questions about Department of Homeland Security policies, visit our “Ask a Question” forum and post them. We will try to have an expert respond to your question.

Screenshot of their discussion forum:

Discussion Forum - Our Border

According to the August 13, 2009 article in Federal Computer Week:

The Homeland Security Department has created a moderated social network designed to spur informed debate and discussion about topics related to the United States’ Southwestern border.

The network named Our Border is hosted on the site and is open to everyone. But although posted content is visible to anyone who visits, people need to have an account with the Ning network to participate, DHS said. However, the network is administered and moderated by DHS and all content is reviewed by the department before it’s posted, according to the network’s content policy.

DHS will use the network to communicate the department’s policy, post photos and videos, and engage in dialogue, according to the policies detailed on Our Border. The department administers the network and plans to eventually use Ning’s live chat feature on Our Border, according to DHS’ privacy impact assessment.

As of February 2010, there are more than 800 registered users.

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