Friday, 20 July 2012

Privacy, Intellectual Property and access to Social media

Wikipedia defines privacy the ability of an individual or group to keep their lives and personal affairs out of public view, or to control the flow of information about them. One huge issue that always comes into perspective is on how social media affects personal or organisational privacy. From concerns on the use of intellectual property to the general security concerns that arise when one shares content on the web, social media has its fair share of challenges.

Basically, if one is going to have their information on the internet, they need to be careful what they share, copyrighted information may be safer to share but they is no guarantee that everyone out there will respect that copyright. Therefore while, they may be many ways of getting your work licensed, there is no way of ensuring 100% that it is kept safe from plagiarism.

Another aspect that social media brings out is the inequality that exists in the world when it comes to internet access and the use of social media tools. It has been observed that while western countries and most parts of Asia have greatly benefited from social media tools, many other parts of the world, mostly in Africa still remain in the dark and are virtually non-existent. This lack of access to social media tools has caused a great disparity between those that are able to use these tools and those that are not.

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