The Global Agenda Council on Social Media white paper to be launched at the Forum's Annual Meeting 2016, The Impact of Digital Content: Opportunities and Risks of Creating and Sharing Information Online, considers the impact of social media platforms on society – where it is now and where it is headed. It synthesizes overarching trends, highlighting the opportunities as well as the challenges. Mobile and digital technologies are pervading every corner of the earth, whether through investment or technology infrastructure. With ever-decreasing prices of mobile phones and data plans, these platforms will continue to grow at an incredible rate. The paper outlines the key issues and explores what these changes mean for society and where these digital technologies are headed in the future.
Alongside this white paper, a blog series, with eight initial posts takes a closer look at key issues raised in the paper. These posts consider how social media has, is and will continue to influence different sectors including Government; International Relations; Financial Services; News Media; Health; Environment; Human Rights, and Humanitarian Response.
Additional related content can be found at the Forum’s Shaping the Future Implications of Digital Media for Society project.