PetManimal writes: "Computerworld reports that the U.S. military is being urged to embrace user-driven Internet tools to communicate with each other and outside organizations, such as non-profits and businesses. Some potential apps: Shareable whiteboards, instant messaging, and image-sharing. In certain cases, military users are going out and creating these applications on their own, but such efforts sometimes are resisted by top brass:
For example, a group of military officers launched CompanyCommand.com in the early days of the current Iraq war. At the site, they shared tips and warnings about locations in Iraq, and the site rapidly grew to have thousands of members, Ben-Ari said. The U.S. military threatened to shut the site down because it was on the open Internet, but it eventually moved the site in-house and restricted access via passwords.
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