Impact of social media and technology

Technology and social media transform our lives every day. Here are five stories that highlight how the two affect society, politics, activism, and public safety.

All stories were published in The Christian Science Monitor.

Sexting scandals: how to protect kids from risky behavior – and legal fallout (Nov. 13, 2015)

Recent school scandals signal risk of severe legal outcomes, as teens may have to register as sex offenders after sending sexually explicit photos, videos, and texts to one another.

AMBER Alerts for Uber: Can technology help fight crime? (Oct. 14, 2015)

Uber has partnered with the nonprofit National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to disseminate information about child abductions. The move is part of a broader effort to integrate technology with public safety and police work.

 Surprising response to ‘drunk’ driving live video: empathy (Oct. 13, 2015)

A Florida woman streamed a live video of herself driving while saying she was drunk. But the compassionate response from some users shows how the technology has positive possibilities, too.

Indiana fraternity hazing video shows social media’s positive impact (Oct. 8, 2015)

Photos, video, and social media are bringing unprecedented transparency and awareness to a range of issues – from hazing to racism to police violence.

Twitter’s new donation tool: How does it stack up in era of big money? (Sept. 16, 2015)

A new Twitter feature aims to spur more individual donors to contribute online. As of last month, super PACs accounted for $2 of every $3 raised in the presidential race.

 

 

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