Sitting at my desk eating my lunch and reading Legal Week and read with amusement the interesting tale of Allen and Overy having to backtrack after trying to enforce a global ban on access to Facebook by its staff. The problem (worry) was that people downloading videos from the site would comprise security and the performance of the firm’s IT systems.
The decision to allow access again – following complaints by staff – “flies in the face of [A&O’s] normal policy”, but “Given that there has been a strong reaction to the blocking and that Facebook is used by many people for networking – for business purposes as well as social – we are going to open up access to the site again.” the firm’s IT director announced.
I’m not surprised by this – it has law firm over reaction written all over it – but it is funny considering the good work done by the Firm – and Ruth Ward – internally with introducing web2.0 in the form of Wikis, Blogs, and social bookmarking.
The A&O Network stands at 804. What about CC you ask? Well, there are a number of CC groups, the largest, with 122 members, is for”all of us who have a Training Contract with Clifford Chance beginning in the next few years”. Seems to be more a hit with trainees and potential trainees … for the moment at least.