Online social media – governance issues from a user perspective.
A very interactive session that raised many aspects of online social media. In particular there were many debates about the young generation – raising the awareness about how careful they should be in what they are doing online. There was an interesting issue about a social pressure on young people - e.g. young people can be even excluded from the society if they are not a part of a social network. Someone mentioned that a social network is a great deal to collect the data for marketing purpose. The question about how protected is the user by having one of the social network accounts and what is the difference between privacy and private data were discussed. An important issue was the education of the young people through legislation, education of personal responsibility in using the Internet, educating users to respect others privacy. (e.g. to not post others pictures online without a permission).
How many of you read Terms and Conditions before signing up for a social network? A question that had about 3-4 positive answers.
An important point of view was expressed concerning strong data protection legislation adopted in all countries.
A representative of the young generation said that social networks are not free – we pay for it by providing our private data, in other words, by selling it.
An example about parental education in Germany was mentioned during the session.
The CoE representative mentioned about the defining standards of accessibility of social network.
Georgios (YEF) spoke about the importance of ethical education of users.
A very important aspect is participation of young generation at such meetings.