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Join us Thursday, January 28, 2021 from 7:30 – 9:30pm (Pacific) for an info session on the draft Digital Media Policy for Neighborhood Councils (NCs), which is currently being reviewed and discussed by the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners.
This virtual session is being held on Zoom. Please RSVP via the link below, and details to join online or by phone will be emailed to you prior to the event:
Translation will be provided in Spanish. If you need translation in other languages, or would like other accommodations, please email us at EmpowerLA@LAcity.org at least 72 hours in advance of the event, so we can help.
This discussion to shape the draft Digital Media Policy for NCs is an ongoing process, and conversations have been taking place at the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners’ meetings over the last few months. An earlier info session similar to the one planned for January 28th was also held on December 16, 2020.
Your written feedback on the policy is also welcome, whether you are able to attend the session on the 28th or not. If possible, provide comments on the sections with which you are comfortable, as well as those sections that need further consideration. Please send comments to Feedback@EmpowerLA.org.
How and why was this policy prepared?
The Digital Media Policy for NCs was prepared by the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment’s leadership team with input from the City Attorney’s Neighborhood Council Advice Division (NCAD).
This draft policy for NCs parallels many aspects of a similar draft policy currently being developed by the City’s Information Technology Agency (ITA) and the Office of the City Attorney for City employees and agencies.
The draft policy considers – and responds to – the specific needs, questions and concerns that Neighborhood Councils have shared about how to administer their digital platforms or manage social media interactions with other NC members and with stakeholders.
To give a few examples, some NC members have asked how to set up digital accounts so credentials are securely but easily shared, to avoid losing access to accounts they have sometimes invested years in building followings for. Others have asked how to protect themselves if stakeholders who don’t agree with decisions their board makes start contacting their employers on social media asking for their termination.
NC members have also asked what they can do if a member of their board posts remarks online about their NC or fellow NC members that they feel are “defamatory.” Another question is, what should an NC do when a committee chair promotes an event in the community on their personal social media accounts using their committee title, when the event was not approved by the board?
Still others have asked how to avoid crossing the line in their personal social media use which would transform personal accounts into limited public forums where they may be subject to public records requests and can’t easily block negative users, due to these users’ right to free speech.
As the pandemic has brought NC events and meetings online, the number of digital media-related concerns that NC members are bringing to the Department and to NCAD has grown.
This makes the need for a policy like this one more urgent, in order to provide clear guidelines for digital media use, and set up safeguards to protect both NC members as well as NC digital assets.
This is also why it is important to join the dialogue to ensure your experiences and insights as an NC member or stakeholder help shape this policy into its final form. We hope you can join us on January 28th, to continue this conversation!