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EuroDIG 2nd day: Plenary 2 - Online social media

This was probably one of the most animated workshops throughout the two days of conference. Perceptions and opinions of online social media are very divergent. Some say it's a matter of personal choice if you want to become a member of an online networking site, others say it's not - it's also or mostly a social pressure. Apart from the 'networking role' that everybody agrees is an added value, my overall impression was that there was a tendency to vilify social networks. And maybe rightly so. I quite agree with the remark that these services did not know where they were going when they were created and therefore their terms and conditions illustrate that. You can't really make head or tail of what they are trying to say. Someone also said that what the social networks do is actually illegal in most countries around Europe. THAT I find interesting. Is the European legal system so blind? Or maybe just tolerant?

It was obvious that one of the problems was the respect of privacy of others, for example posting photos of others. The internet is equated with public space, so you might not want your life to be made public. On the other hand, other people did not consider that to be a problem, so we are dealing with different perceptions or levels of privacy.

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Comment by Ljubisa Gavrilovic on September 17, 2009 at 5:56am
About Social networls - issue is not new (especially not knowing in the beginning what would come at the end) suggested read:

http://everything2.com/title/Online+Community+Dynamics

note article publishing date ...
also interesting concise observation:
http://everything2.com/title/Life-cycle+of+an+online+community

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Every highly developed legal system has obsolete laws. Too much material...

There are cultural differences - in America obsolete law would be used to make some profit in no time - they are law sensitive - Europeans seem to more relaxed when it comes to laws.

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Some of my personal "rules of the thumb":
"more information technology = more intrusion into privacy"
"Every technology that can be used - WILL be abused"

IG is in a good deal the beginning of the end of later statement - IG is mainly about abuse of the internet.

Internet was very fine place in mid 80ties and beginning of '90ties i.e. before it became commercial and public. Early internet was largely anonymous and benevolent. There was no need for identification - resources were shared, users exercised netiquette. With increased internet abuse anonymization becomes undesirable and netiquette forgotten. Since that time Internet is increasingly being hostile environment with hope that regulation and self-regulation will make it "fine" again. Would it? - we'll see. We put our hopes into it.

Social networks are not new - what's new is explicit real life identification - we went through process of first being completely anonymous to (now almost) being completely identifiable - over several stages of semi-identification models all proven to be failure in some aspect. Even this nowadays popular "reality" model will eventually fail until we define that ultimate model shall include every model depending of need and purpose and desired regulation.

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second - an invented term - tribalization - forming and publishing personal tribes - who is friend and who is not - often coupled with piercing and tattoos, other peer pressure like importance of having mobile and other large media COOL social values advertised globally.

Cultural differences - privacy is more or less appreciated among cultures - it is thus diverse in understanding.

As much as we want we cannot run away from us - we are problem - not the technology.
Comment by Marina Sokolova on September 16, 2009 at 8:01pm
Maybe the European legal system is a bit obsolete ;)

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