Promise and Concern: The Future of Social Media and Real-Time Awareness

by Luisa Castellanos, Communia Blog, Woodrow Wilson Center, February 14, 2012

On Feb. 3, 2012, the U.S. State Department hosted its eighth conference in the Tech@State series. The two-day symposium focused on how social media and other internet-enabled data streams are used to create real-time awareness in different contexts, with sessions looking at analyzing large amounts of data, enhancing the understanding of consumer behavior, and live-mapping crisis situations. One particularly interesting panel focused on the future of social media and real-time awareness, not only for individuals, but for a society that is still learning to deal with developments in social media, communication technologies and crowdsourced information. The speakers discussed how this pervasive technology could aid in real-time awareness, but also raised legitimate concerns about impacts on security and privacy. …

For full text of the article, visit Promise and Concern: The Future of Social Media and Real-Time Awareness « Communia.

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