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THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL TECHNOLOGY: overview

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FUTURE DIRECTIONS: GLOBAL

ONLINE FREEDOMS

Internet Ideology War: Google's Spat with China Could Reshape Traditional Online Freedoms
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=internat-ideology-war 
Learn more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_China

CREDIBILITY AND ACCURACY

How credible is information on line?  How timely? How accurate? When is one more important than the other?

Unknown man's photo mistakenly posted with hundreds of DeKalb jail records
http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/unknown-mans-photo-mistakenly-688208.html

Then there are simple questions of how they might affect bias or prejudice. Go to http://images.google.com and search for any of the following terms to see what I mean: 

        But that would never happen on a larger scale, would it? Think again.

 Nigeria brutal bus robbery (Lagos-Benin highway) that turned out to be not valid:

Article (cannot find NSR radio broadcast): http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8550536.stm

Related:

(March 4, 2010) http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/News/5535430-147/senate_to_investigate_bizarre_robbery_incident.csp 
(March 4, 2010) http://allafrica.com/stories/201003040338.html

(caveat: has pic - graphic and disturbing) http://www.sierraexpressmedia.com/archives/6328

But... here is an update debunking above articles. Note: this is still a very sad story, just a different sad story from a different time period:

(Mach 5, 2010) Onovo Debunks Story Behind Ore Robbery 'Picture'
http://allafrica.com/stories/201003050346.html 
(March 5, 2010) http://www.nigeriannewsservice.com/index.php/Nigeria-Today/onovo-debunks-story-behind-ore-robbery-picture.html 
http://www.nigerianelitesforum.com/ng/transportation/1267-lagos-benin-highway-tragedy-the-real-story.html

Note: The author strongly believes the benefits to be had from open communication and the propensity toward factual information far outweigh the negative examples above.

PRIVACY

What information should be private? 
Who can choose to share information about you?
Are there generational differences in how we see privacy?

Twitter users urged not to spread photo of Mbah Maridjan's body
http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/10/27/twitterers-urged-not-retweet-mbah-maridjan-dead-body039s-photograph.html

Divorce Lawyers’ New Friend: Social Networks
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/15/fashion/weddings/divorce-lawyers-new-friend-social-networks.html

What is publicly available about you? Check out http://www.pipl.com/ to start finding out. Then try http://www.utahsright.com/

LANGUAGE TRANSLATION

Some language translation sites:

http://translate.google.com/ 
http://babelfish.yahoo.com/ (this one has been around perhaps the longest)
http://www.worldlingo.com/products_services/worldlingo_translator.html 
http://www.translate.net/

But what about languages not included?

Progress is being made.  “India has more than 122 languages of which 22 are official. More than a billion people all over the world speak either Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil or Urdu. With the availability of e-content and development of language technology, it is now possible to overcome the language barrier" (Business Standard, 2011).

What about actual documents?

"European Patent Office (EPO) and Google have today signed a long term agreement to collaborate on machine translation of patents into multiple European, Slavonic and Asian languages." (European Patent Office, 2011)