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Social networks online – toward a digital “Contrat social”? (Georgi Apostolov)

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Safer Internet Centre
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  • 1. Social networks online – toward a digital “Contrat social”? Georgi Apostolov Co-ordinator Safer Internet Centre Bulgaria Choosing a Social Networking SIte , Safer Internet Forum, 2 1 -2 2 October, 2010, Luxembourg
  • 2. Offline and online socium functions
      • Relationships - socialization
      • Communication infrastructure
      • Rules – regulation and self-regulation
      • Services:
      • - Information flow – media;
      • - Education (e-learning);
      • - Health (e-health);
      • - Entertainment;
      • - Business (online payment)
  • 3. Developments in SNSs
      • High competition fast sophistication (“wars for territories”)
      • Rapid process of convergence:
        • Used instead of: standard e-mail, online games, photo and video sharing sites (socium formation);
        • Online communities’ stratification (informal leaders, majority, opposition, minorities discrimination, e-violence, cyber-bullying);
        • Always on - increasing mobile access to all functionalities (social animal).
      • Decreasing age of users - down to 7-year olds (early socialization, education by doing)
  • 4. What does this model give us?
      • Understanding the irresistibility of the virtual society for the youth (natural rights, democracy, meritocracy)
      • Developing early-warning strategies – co-operation between all stakeholders
      • Helping to elaborate the skeleton of a digital “Contrat social” (Social Networking Principles, EC Directive…)
      • Prevention by Invention
      • Inclusion vs. Exclusion
  • 5. Thank you! Georgi Apostolov [email_address] Bulgarian Safer Internet Centre - Safenet.bg Bulgarian Hotline – Web112.net Imagine connecting with the human spirit in each person in any situation at any time. - Marshall Rosenberg