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

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Georgi Apostolov
Co-ordinator
Safer Internet Centre
Bulgaria

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

  1. 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, 21-22 October, 2010, Luxembourg
  2. 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. 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. 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. 5. Thank you! Georgi Apostolov Georgi.apostolov@online.bg 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
  6. 6. Thank you! Georgi Apostolov Georgi.apostolov@online.bg 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

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