No, You Can’t Play Facebook Games On Your Government Computer

No, You Can’t Play Facebook Games On Your Government Computer

A public servant working for an Australian politician has asked for “extended internet access” on her work computer. Why? So she could play Facebook games. The cheek of some people!

Caroline Beinke was 100 per cent serious when she made the request, aimed at getting around the web filters imposed on the computers of most government employees in Australia.

Her reason? “When I have long conversations on the phone to constituents, it is my version of doodling, a mental chewing gum of sorts”.

Amazingly, her boss, Liberal MP Victor Dominello, okayed the move, saying “My staff work very very hard. If they are sitting at their desk on hold to a department for 15 minutes, I do not have a problem with it.”

Before Ms Beinke could get clicking during her very very hard work days, however, the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, Richard Torbay, put a stop to the madness.

“I have not seen this specific request but I can say this: I put filters in place to stop staff accessing inappropriate websites in the Parliament and I do not think we should be paying people to play games.”

Fun fact: my last job was with the New South Wales Fire Brigade. We had a filter in action there, too, so to use Facebook and read Kotaku I would have to run the sites through Google Translator into another language then back into English again (the Google url used to trick the filter). French usually worked best. It made for… interesting reading.

MP staffer requests to play Facebook games while on the phone to constituents [, via Game Politics]


  • We see more and more regulation in the workplace to halt social networking. Im not an avid user of SN but i also dont see a problem with people using it at work as long as their other work is not suffering.
    Why must we put these restictions in place? are we not adult enough to decide if it is affecting our work or not?
    What is further worth pondering is the fact that most of the time these security protocals are put in place by some overzealous IT guys. R18+ anyone?

  • I work in a government school. I’ve tried to access websites and have them come up as blocked with the reason given for the blocking being “educational”.

    They would block the whole Internet if they could.

    • Yeah, the filters are absurd. We have locksmiths on our staff- but locksmith and security websites are blocked under “crime/terrorism”!!!

  • Thankfully my employer doesn’t give a shit if I spend time on facebook.

    They more care if I get my work done :).

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