Social media allows us to develop ideas, collaborate across borders, find new ways to participate and encourages political action. It empowers people to make their voices heard, and to call on their governments to make change. However, there are also many challenges associated with the use of social media, including the spread of disinformation, the way it is affecting media business models and the negative impact it’s having on young people’s health and behavior. Social media can also serve as a tool for manipulation, contributing to division, confusion, insecurity and fear.
We will cover three main areas during the conference. First, we will explore the different forms of social media and how they are used in Europe and East Asia. How are platforms like Facebook, Snapchat, Weibo, and TikTok affecting societies? What are the differences and similarities.
Second, we will look at how governments relate to social media. What impact does social media have on administrations and which laws have been passed to regulate the various platforms and protect their users?
Third, we will examine which challenges we need to overcome to make social media work for social change. We will discuss ideas with experts in the field and visit media and civil society organizations to explore what they do. Furthermore, we will develop our own ideas and strategies around how we can use social media to implement changes in our society. We will find out regional differences and explore what fruitful cooperation between Asia and Europe could look like in this context.
Date: 26 June-7 July 2019
Place: Japan/South Korea