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Module 5: Social networking and information policy

Posted by arlekeno on January 3, 2012

Ok, Developing a Social Media Policy… NSW DEC already has one of these so I will have a look at what they say, and compare it with some of the stuff in the module…. If the links are valid or I am not blocked from accessing them by requiring a password.

Anyway, From the notes.

In general terms, information policy is about regulating or guiding the people, organisations and processes involved in information flow in society. A definition of public or government information policy suitable for our discussion is:

Information policy is the set of all public laws, regulations and policies that encourage, discourage or regulate the creation, use, storage and communication of information. (Weingarten, 1989)

Within the context of impact of social media on individuals, organisations, and society, in general, the following information policy issues are gaining prominence in the eyes of governments and policy-makers:

  • Intellectual property, copyright and emergence of the Creative Commons
  • Privacy, disclosure of personal information and online safety using SNSs
  • Information access for all, adequate bandwidth/wireless/mobile connectivity and the ‘digital divide’
  • Regulating the Internet in libraries, organisations and in the home
  • Information and digital literacies, and recent emergence of transliteracy
  • Acceptable use/online behaviour/social networking policies

Here is a good article on the participatory culture.

enkins, H., Clinton, K., Purushotma, R., Robison, A. J., & Weigel, M. (2006). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture:Media education for the 21st century.

Addresses the Participation gap (access to the computers etc) the transparency gap (knowing how the media work) and the Ethics challenge (who sets the norms?)

As we think about meaningful pedagogical intervention, we must keep in mind three core
• How do we ensure that every child has access to the skills and experiences needed
to become a full participant in the social, cultural, economic, and political future of
our society?
• How do we ensure that every child has the ability to articulate his or her understanding
of how media shapes perceptions of the world?
• How do we ensure that every child has been socialized into the emerging ethical standards that should shape their practices as media makers and as participants in online

and another great quote

the new media literacies should
be seen as social skills, as ways of interacting within a larger community, and not simply an
individualized skill to be used for personal expression. Pg 20.

Also a lot of information about how computers games can be used to teach concepts, e.g. Railway tycoon… didn’t I mention that in my last post?OOps, no, it was an article for Tokyo Noticeboard, my bad.

Raynes-Goldie, K. (2010). Aliases, creeping, and wall cleaning: Understanding privacy in the age of Facebook, First Monday, 15(1), 4 January. Available

Article on how people see FB privacy. Good quote on how ALL your friends can see the same things (unlike Google+)

Also makes a distinction between insitutional privacy and social privacy.

Not sure if this really helps my study, but I will try it out.

This one is about Finding accurate info on the internet. I still think Kathy Schrock’s work is the way to go but I just love the title of this journal article.

Sessions, L.F. (2009). “You looked better on MySpace”: Deception and authenticity on Web 2.0, First Monday, 14(7), 6 July. Available

Social Media Policy Stuff


THis is an article I will need to re-read.

talking of the Semantic web and Web3.0 I don’t really get this, but I am too tired to be sure if I should put it here or not.


OK, Just read an article in Scan magazine, Vol 30, No3 2011. Much easier to understand on web 3.0 and semantic web than this mob.


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