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Plenary 2: Online Social Media-Governance Issues from a User Perspective

The use of social networks, do we have control of the content? Even if you are not a member? Can your image be distributed without your consent and what are your rights. The answers to some of these questions are clear while others are unclear.

There is a problem with the identity of people and the inability to identify some people. A person can share images of another without traceability. People think they have the right to take photos and to post on the web. There is the issue of Public & private personalities. On the Internet there is no differentiation of these identities.

Are people aware of the effects on sharing of information on the Internet? Do people need to be educated on how to use social networks?

Children need to learn that to implement the skills from the off line world to bring to the online world.

We need to define standards from the offline world to the online world.

The topic being missed is ethical use of information. Ethical use in the offline world is the issue and not just on the online world.

The fact missing in this plenary is that social networks are part of the lifes of young people and the doom and gloom of the issue about privacy. There has been doom and gloom statements about other socail changes that have not come through, such as changes to discrimination practices, music influences, computers, TV etc. The old world is trying to put its values on the new world and this can be a problem These problems have existed for many years and are nothing new.


UNESCO is working on workshop at the IGF on social networks and is hoping to include Facebook at this event.

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