IBM's Blogging Policy

Firms or companies wishing to implement blogging policies now have another useful precedent to work with from no less than IBM.  Before we get to the policy, the following passage in a post from 16 May on an IBM website is interesting in and of itself:

"As has been reported on a variety of blogs around the net, IBM today is publishing an announcement on its Intranet site encouraging all 320,000+ employees world wide to consider engaging actively in the practice of "blogging".

As for the IBM Blogging Policy and Guidelines themselves, you can find them by clicking right here.  Many thanks to Denise Howell (among others) for spotting these.

Blogging policies: A good place to start

For those firms which choose to take the blogging road and encourage their employees to blog, thought will most probably need to be given to the drafting of blogging policies. For a useful starting point, with links to various corporate blogging policies, see Charlene Li's useful post Blogging Policy Examples. Additional thought would need to be given to issues distinct to the practice of law, such as compliance with professional/ethical obligations, but Charlene's post is certainly a good place to start.

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