The Social Media Crisis and Questions of Regulation

The Social Media Crisis and Questions of Regulation

Social Surfing
We’re all aware of the various uses of the internet and tools like social media and also know the vide variety of people we encounter on these platforms. Depending on a person’s motives, the internet may become a good or a bad place. Various stories about terrorist groups using social media to recruit people have been surfacing over the last two years. Given the reach of social media, it is easy to use the same for propaganda and reach people even in the remotes areas, brainwashing and influencing their minds. Since as young as 13 year old kids are now on social media, the kind of people they communicate with and the sort of content they consume must be regulated and monitored. To contain the spread and the impact of…
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Stand Up Against Trolling!

Stand Up Against Trolling!

Social Surfing
The internet is on most occasions a very helpful place where solutions to all problems and answers to all questions are easily available. However, since the internet gives voice to a wide variety of people who may have conflicting views and ideologies, sometimes things take an ugly turn. The culture of trolling on the internet is steadily picking up pace and rapidly disrupting healthy spaces on the internet. When someone disagrees with a particular opinion expressed by another person on the internet and decides to mock the person or the source behind it, he/she is said to be trolling that person. While trolling may not sound very serious, it often leads to online harassment that severely affects the mental health of those on the receiving end of it. A disturbing…
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Facebook Motivates Millenials to Vote!

Facebook Motivates Millenials to Vote!

Social Surfing
"Bad Officials Are Elected by Good Citizens Who Don't Vote" Seems like the Election Commission of India has taken this quote very seriously, and tied up with social media giant Facebook, to ensure that citizens across the country are registered to vote. Nasim Zaidi, chief election commissioner, ECI, says in a press note, "I am pleased to announce that the ECI is going to launch a 'Special Drive to enroll left out electors, with a particular focus on first time electors. This is a step towards fulfillment of the motto of ECI - 'No Voter To Be Left Behind'. I urge all eligible citizens to enroll and vote i.e., recognize your right and perform your duty. I am sure this initiative will strengthen ECI's enrollment campaign and encourage future voters…
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Protect Your Facebook Profile Picture

Protect Your Facebook Profile Picture

Social Surfing
In a significant move, Facebook has unveiled new tools to protect its users from the threat of cyber crime. The new "Profile Picture Guard" is a setting, which when enabled, makes it impossible for the users profile picture to be downloaded or shared. In the updated app versions of Facebook, it would also not be possible to take screenshots of profile pictures. https://www.facebook.com/socialsurfing/videos/1464573936934059/ As this feature makes an entry today, we at Social Surfing and Centre for Social Research, are proud to have worked with Facebook towards ensuring online safety in India, particularly for women. One of the recommendations we had given was that the sharing of profile pictures, makes women users feel uncomfortable and thus restricts their presence on social media. This feature ensures that women have an added…
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Being Human: Blurring Lines between the Real and the Virtual

Being Human: Blurring Lines between the Real and the Virtual

Social Surfing
With technology becoming more and more integrated into our lives, we have found ourselves a safe haven in the arms of another world, a world much much bigger than what we had grown up to imagine possible. We have found in it a space to be ourselves under the cover of anonymity, or to be who we want to be with new bravado unbelievable to our own eyes in the real world. It would be wrong in fact to call it the real world now as opposed to a virtual world, for the virtual world is getting more and more real with every passing day, every passing hour, in fact with every passing thought. As we grow more familiar in this new virtual world in which we seek new expressions…
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