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Steve Ressler, a former IT auditor with the Department of Homeland Security, spent a lot of time studying the world’s terrorist networks. He later developed a keen interest in different kinds of networks, and founded Young Government Leaders, Washington, D.C.’s premier professional organization for government employees. Ressler also started GovLoop, an online social network for government workers that numbers about 20,000 members.

This week, GovLoop merged with GovDelivery Inc., a venture-backed government communications platform that has seen its business take off with President Obama’s open-government mandate. As a prescient social networker, Ressler has been tapped to head up GovDelivery’s social-networking component. He talked to Dow Jones this week about the future of social networking and how citizen participation in government might be transformed through technology.

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