Walker staff emails map the dangerous intersection of new technology and campaign ethics (Boehme quoted)

Walker staff emails map the dangerous intersection of new technology and campaign ethics

Steven Verburg – Wisconsin State Journal – February 23, 2014

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More than 28,000 pages of secret emails and other documents released under court order last week illustrate in sharp detail the extent to which modern electronic devices allowed Scott Walker’s top taxpayer-funded staff in the Milwaukee County executive’s office to be secretly converted into political campaign assets in 2010.

But his former aides were betrayed by the supposedly hidden laptops, wireless connections and Web-based email accounts after prosecutors seized hard drives that stored reams of messages.

The mess might never have happened if Walker had prevented his staff from using the private digital technology that kept their communications off government servers, which are subject to management scrutiny and open records requests, said Donna Boehme, a consultant who helps managers keep their workers in compliance with ethical standards.

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