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Social media for digital and social inclusion: challenges for information society 2.0 research & policies

Pieter Verdegem (UGent)
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In this paper we reflect on how research and policies can and/or should help in the development of a sustainable participatory information society for all. More specifically, we aim to investigate critically how social media can entail both potential and pitfalls, especially with regard to the difficult relationship between digital and social inclusion. First of all, traditional information society policies are scrutinized. Furthermore, we point at the existence of digital inequalities and we reflect briefly on policy intervention on e-inclusion. In addition, we also evaluate the raise of social media. Finally, attention is given to the challenge of how research can contribute to the participation of all in the information society.
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digital and social inclusion, social media and Web 2.0, Information society policies, digital inequalities

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Verdegem, Pieter. 2011. “Social Media for Digital and Social Inclusion: Challenges for Information Society 2.0 Research & Policies.” Triple C - Cognition, Communication, Co-operation 9 (1): 28–38.
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Verdegem, P. (2011). Social media for digital and social inclusion: challenges for information society 2.0 research & policies. TRIPLE C - COGNITION, COMMUNICATION, CO-OPERATION, 9(1), 28–38.
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Verdegem P. Social media for digital and social inclusion: challenges for information society 2.0 research & policies. TRIPLE C - COGNITION, COMMUNICATION, CO-OPERATION. 2011;9(1):28–38.
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Verdegem, Pieter. “Social Media for Digital and Social Inclusion: Challenges for Information Society 2.0 Research & Policies.” TRIPLE C - COGNITION, COMMUNICATION, CO-OPERATION 9.1 (2011): 28–38. Print.
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  abstract     = {In this paper we reflect on how research and policies can and/or should help in the development of a sustainable participatory information society for all. More specifically, we aim to investigate critically how social media can entail both potential and pitfalls, especially with regard to the difficult relationship between digital and social inclusion. First of all, traditional information society policies are scrutinized. Furthermore, we point at the existence of digital inequalities and we reflect briefly on policy intervention on e-inclusion. In addition, we also evaluate the raise of social media. Finally, attention is given to the challenge of how research can contribute to the participation of all in the information society.},
  author       = {Verdegem, Pieter},
  issn         = {1726-670X},
  journal      = {TRIPLE C - COGNITION, COMMUNICATION, CO-OPERATION},
  keyword      = {digital and social inclusion,social media and Web 2.0,Information society policies,digital inequalities},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {28--38},
  title        = {Social media for digital and social inclusion: challenges for information society 2.0 research \& policies},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2011},
}