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March 18, 2011

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IanC

There are 3 stages with any new technology that appears to be ready to sweep the world and have enormous impacts.

First, military and security applications, in parallel with criminal ones.
Close second, pornographic ones.
Third, governments and policymakers everywhere panic that they are failing to 'harness the power' of new technology x.
In the case of social media, there seems to be an assumption that because 'everyone' is using social media for gossip, abuse, dating, self-promotion etc that people will like, use and trust government/business/NGO information more if it also available on Twitter etc. It doesn't follow.

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