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Proposal - 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 I ...

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.

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 January 2008 to coordinate information sharing relating to the incidences of violence that broke out after a disputed Kenyan election in 2007. The platform is a crowdsourcing, visualization, and interactive mapping open source software. It has since been used around the world in several instances including the Haitian earthquake in January 2010 for mapping instances of violence and disaster relief. Such models are effective in ensuring information is generated and shared in a responsible and efficient manner especially given they are free. Software developers have an important role in this respect especially when they offer it as open source. Such developers should be aware of other tools at their disposal with respect intellectual property rights such as the use of copyrights and creative commons.

Profit making companies are also embracing internet and social media especially within their communication and marketing strategies. Some companies employ their staff to monitor the company’s perception in such forums whilst also providing consumers with timely feedback and solutions to problems the air online. This has made companies more effective with respect to their service delivery in the knowledge that a dissatisfied customer can prove detrimental to the company’s bottom line. Companies should therefore build capacity within their employees to enable them to be more effective in service delivery whilst also adhering to the relevant statutes.

Governments should also ensure that the legal framework is adequate to deal with electronic copyrights, network security and data privacy, cyber-crime and electronic fraud. Other areas that require necessary legal protection is character assassination, defamation and ‘hate speech’. A balance therefore needs to be drawn between freedom of speech or expression and offensive, inflammatory, prejudicial, discriminating language or communication.

Internet is increasingly becoming a taught subject as basic as English and Math. The education system in both developed and developing countries should therefore make a deliberate effort to include both internet and intellectual property rights in schools. Plagiarism for instance has been a challenge for schools and institutions of higher education, the advent of internet this has magnified the problem; thus emphasizing the need for creating awareness of copyrights right from schools.

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