A design and policy proposal for improving the democratic quality of social media Marc Smith…
I spoke about social media with Natalia Martín Cantero, RTVE blogger and professor in digital new reporting at IE School of Communication–IE University in Segovia, Spain along with my colleague John Kelly, from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University and Founder of Morningside Analytics. The video was recorded at the symposium on Transnational connections: Challenges and opportunities for communication.
In this video interview, John and I summarize the themes discussed at the symposium including the political implications of inequality of technology access and the literacy to use it. John describes his efforts to map the global blogosphere and I describe the ways social media creates social networks that can be extracted and mapped. What does it take to be a communicator in a digital media environment? We discuss the privacy rights of public data and the use of data in ethical ways. Not everyone with a fiber-optic cable and server room operates under ethical guidelines. Given that digital communication is inherently traceable communication, could it be that not everyone should take the risks of communicating? Digital communication makes messages more findable and available which is a virtue when you want your message heard widely. It is getting harder to limit distribution of content to select audiences. I like to argue that the destiny of all information is to be made public if only because information never becomes less public.
IE University has a YouTube channel with lots of interesting video (in English and Spanish) related to communication, innovation, and social media.
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