Willliam A. Schambra has an excellent article in Chronicle of Philanthropy (HT: Democracy Project). The article references the huge changes that are happening to once-insular worlds of government, media, and now charity organizations.
The article references "Pewgate" and the large-scale deception behind so-called Campaign Finance Reform the McCain-Feingold BCRA (see previous posts).
My favorite passage in Schambra's article (emphasis added):
Bloggers are scrappy, radically individualistic insurgents. They like nothing better than to take on tottering institutional empires, where arrogant, insulated leaders have escaped accountability for their lethargy and corruption by virtue of the fear they have instilled within the respectable, established commentariat. So it is just a matter of time before serious blogging comes to philanthropy. But we need bloggers who are veterans of the field, and who know how to interpret the opaque, impenetrable jargon and stylized, empty ceremonies of that world. By mercilessly critiquing the foundation world's "official" literature and rituals, actual transparency might be encouraged.
Bloggers should also do shoe-leather reporting and investigating. Hollow, exaggerated claims for a foundation program's success could quickly be deflated by behind-the-scenes reports on what is really happening on the ground.
Blogs will also be available for back-channel contributions from foundation staff members who wish to report squandered resources, dishonest publicity, or overbearing leadership.
Similar calls could benefit an similarly insulated world like the Pentagon (specifically the E-Ring)...read the boldface above and apply this to the Department of Defense. No wonder OSD/PA hasn't quite figured out what to do about bloggers (see "Slow to the Fight"). It will be a while before any credible policy is created and disseminated throughout the ranks.
OPSEC considerations have nothing to do with reporting fraud, waste, and abuse (FWA), or dishonest publicity and the usual micromanagers/bad bosses. "Maintaining Good Order and Discipline" is valid in some instances...but it still should be used as a shield.
Right now Milblogging is mostly about what is happening on the battlefield (and I am thankful for that)...however, mark my words...it is only a matter of time before the power of this new medium exposes the crass politics, political pandering and wholesale cynicism that resides in the offices and cubby holes in what is affectionately known as "the Building."
Talk about actual transparency (see underlined above)...my guess is no one will see this coming (again, see "Slow to the Fight").