Social Media Networking and Government
Mini track Chair: Dr. Abbas Aljuboori, University of Information Technology and Communications, College of Engineering, Baghdad, Iraq
Governments around the world have discovered the potential of social media for both sharing information and outreach. These new means of communication can facilitate increased participation and collaboration within society. Social media unites several communication channels and can enhance or provide opportunities for citizens to provide feedback for officers and representatives. Guidelines for the use of social media and social networks are relatively new in governmental agencies. What might be suitable for one agency might not be adequate for another. Many citizens already appreciate the comfort of Internet communication and the demand for easy and fast web services is growing. At the same time, issues related to privacy, information leakage, blurred boundaries and online addiction must be addressed when discussing social media.
Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
- Case studies of the use of Social Media and Networks by any level of government.
- Implementation challenges.
- Maintaining privacy and Security in social media and networks.
- Patterns and New trends in social networking and e-Learning.
- Trust and information credibility in social networks.
- Mobile social networking.
Change in Social Media Usage Patterns with Covid-19
Mini track Chair: Nuran Oze, Arkın University of Creative Arts and Design (ARUCAD), Cyprus
Our daily life practices quickly changed with the announcement of Covid-19 as a pandemic by WHO. The decleration of Covid-19 caused us to change the meaning of normal and we seemed to quickly adjust to a 'new normal'. Closures of schools and workplaces have casued and still cause a large proportion of people to stay at home, work from home, and carry out interpersonal communication via social media platforms. Our life perception and the way we construct relationship styles have changed especially with the wider use of social media platforms during Covid-19 all around the world. These changes have an effect on each generation's relationship building form, perception of events, ways of obtaining information and communication paths.
The aim of this track is to investigate, from a Covid-19 perspective, the role of social media on relationships, whilst also considering the increasing power of social media in differentiating the perceptions of everyone after Covid-19 pandemic. Suggested topics include but are not limited to:
- Covid-19 and increase in digitalization of interpersonal relationship
- Social media addiction and Covid-19
- Changes in social media uses and gratifications during Covid-19
- Social media to continue education through Covid-19 lockdowns
- Difference amongst generations in the use of social media during Covid-19
- Gender and social media usage differences during Covid-190
- New job opportunities on social media platforms during Covid-19
- Covid-19, Social media and the work-life balance