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Optimizing Information Use through the Internet and Social Media

The Challenge

Unprecedented recent progress in information and communication technologies (ICTs) is enabling people and organizations to overcome personal and regional restrictions on information acquisition. The Internet and social media are particularly important for facilitating access to an unparalleled wealth of information, as well as providing opportunities for new innovative activities and social interactions.

But technological progress in itself does not automatically lead to efficient application of the tools. The challenge is how people and organizations can be motivated to apply the Internet and social media efficiently to optimize information use. Addressing this challenge will require dramatic behavioral and organizational changes throughout society, as well as improvements in the overall distribution of information supported by ICTs.

Which behavioral and organizational changes are needed to stimulate efficient and beneficial use of the Internet and social media? What drives people and organizations' resistance to change and how could resistance be tackled effectively? And how can information overload be avoided to optimize the distribution and use of relevant information among Internet users?

How can Internet users be encouraged and trained to use social media to interact with others in a socially responsible manner? How can their privacy and intellectual property rights be better protected? And what are the solutions to emerging conflicts between government regulation of the Internet—such as US initiatives for a "Stop Online Piracy Act" (SOPA) and a "Protect IP Act" (PIPA)—and Internet users' freedom of speech and rights to share information?

    Solutions

    Solution

    Establish information rights as a...

     
    Establish information rights as a fundamental prerequisite of democracy and public policy.

    Establish information rights as a fundamental prerequisite of democracy and public policy.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution

    Establish a charter for individuals’...

     
    Establish a charter for individuals’ rights to information and their responsibilities for using information.

    Establish a charter for individuals’ rights to information and their responsibilities for using information.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution

    Governments and enterprises should promote...

     
    Governments and enterprises should promote the coming paradigm shift away from their traditional role of controlling information to their new role of empowering people to generate, access and share in ...

    Governments and enterprises should promote the coming paradigm shift away from their traditional role of controlling information to their new role of empowering people to generate, access and share information via new media.

    Polity, Business
    Solution

    Introduce a global online “kite...

     
    Introduce a global online “kite mark,” based on well-defined guidelines for information quality and transparency for businesses.

    Introduce a global online “kite mark,” based on well-defined guidelines for information quality and transparency for businesses.

    Business
    Solution

    Specify user-oriented global standards for...

     
    Specify user-oriented global standards for online data protection and privacy.

    Specify user-oriented global standards for online data protection and privacy.

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Solution

    Enhance people's "information competence" through...

     
    Enhance people's "information competence" through all the standard education and training channels and enable them to apply the "inherent structure" of information for knowledge discovery through cour ...

    Enhance people's "information competence" through all the standard education and training channels and enable them to apply the "inherent structure" of information for knowledge discovery through courses and Internet-based learning platforms.

    Polity, Academia, Civil Society

    Proposals

    Proposal

    Tackling obstacles which prevent the internet from functioning as a powerful tool for information sharing in an increasingly digital age.

     
    The astonishing pace of the digital revolution has meant that top-down messaging has become a thing of the past. Digital progress has enabled normal people to engage, communicate and assert their voic ...

    The astonishing pace of the digital revolution has meant that top-down messaging has become a thing of the past. Digital progress has enabled normal people to engage, communicate and assert their voice into their community, which increasingly is no longer separated by geographical boundaries. Blogs, forums and social networking sites provide a powerful arena for the democratization of people and opinions, in a new era of ‘digital democracy.’ Whilst over 1/3rd of the global population are now online, provisions must be made to include those who risk being ‘left behind’ in the age of digital empowerment. Even in developed economies,

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal

    Encourage the innovators, and allow consumers of information to make their own choice

     
    There is a fundamental dilemma to consider when looking for solutions to this challenge: the internet and social media have grown as "bottom-up" technologies often used by people to bypass traditional ...

    There is a fundamental dilemma to consider when looking for solutions to this challenge: the internet and social media have grown as "bottom-up" technologies often used by people to bypass traditional social, cultural and establishment controls, yet the control of most of the information that has value to those people remains in the hands of businesses and governments. So, when considering how to "optimise" information use, one has to look at who wants to use that information, and who has that information. Typically the "user" is you and I – individual citizens going about their daily lives, requiring information owned

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal

    Optimizing Information Use through the Internet and Social Media

     
    How can internet users be encouraged and trained to make use of social media to interact with others in a socially responsible manner, and how can their privacy and intellectual property rights be bet ...

    How can internet users be encouraged and trained to make use of social media to interact with others in a socially responsible manner, and how can their privacy and intellectual property rights be better protected in general? The internet and social media has emerged as an important tool for information sharing for individuals and institutions.  It has been used to mobilize masses, educate and inform. Internet and social media can also be effectively utilized to conflict management and in getting and sharing intelligence. Ushahidi is a case in point. Ushahidi is an IT platform that was created in Kenya in

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal

    Is the “Internet of Things” a new opportunity to achieve a more balanced development?

     
    In the next few years billions of objects will have sensors to detect, measure, and assess their status, all connected over public or private IP (Internet Protocol) networks. This world of interconnec ...

    In the next few years billions of objects will have sensors to detect, measure, and assess their status, all connected over public or private IP (Internet Protocol) networks. This world of interconnected objects will have its data regularly collected, analyzed and used to initiate action. It will provide a wealth of intelligence for planning, management, policy and decision-making. Important information is pushed out to machines, to individuals, and to organizations of every type, including governments, anywhere in the world. Then other machines or people on the network will be able to take action automatically. This is the ‘Internet of Things,’

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society
    Proposal

    Applying the inherent structure of digital information to optimize knowlegde discovery

     
    Proposal: Utilizing the inherent structure of information as well as its content and context optimizes the management of digital resources with scalable functionality for knowledge discovery. Rational ...

    Proposal: Utilizing the inherent structure of information as well as its content and context optimizes the management of digital resources with scalable functionality for knowledge discovery. Rationale: Intertwined elements of content, context and structure establish the meaning of any information resource. Content and context have been used for thousands of years to manage hardcopy resources through the architectures of libraries and archives, respectively. However, we now live in a digital world with distinct education, business, scientific, government and social information opportunities and challenges. The fundamental advantage of digital information is its structure can be utilized objectively, dynamically and automatically for

    Business, Civil Society
    Proposal

    Optimizing Information Use through the Internet and Social Media

     
    1. Promote organizational change to stimulate an efficient and beneficial application of internet and social media Online communities fundamentally change the nature and way in which people work toget ...

    1. Promote organizational change to stimulate an efficient and beneficial application of internet and social media Online communities fundamentally change the nature and way in which people work together and in which companies do business. In order to make the best out of the new opportunities, organizations should be proactive and develop a comprehensive social media strategy. This implies having a plan for what to do with the information exchange, who is responsible for interactions, where the information gathered socially will be recorded and captured and how it will be used to benefit the main goals of the organization. When

    Polity, Academia, Business, Civil Society

    Background Paper

    Background Paper

    Technologies for Transparency and Accountability

     
    This report focuses on analyzing the conditions under which new technologies can enhance delivery of public services to the poor through improved ccountability and transparency. It examines the linkag ...

    This report focuses on analyzing the conditions under which new technologies can enhance delivery of public services to the poor through improved ccountability and transparency. It examines the linkages between the use of innovations in technology, increased accountability and the effects on the delivery of public services to poor communities. Specifically, the paper investigates the role that the combination of social media, geo‐mapping and various technology platforms can play in this process.

    Open Library