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What you can do to turn the online world into a safe space

HAVE you ever considered that what you type into Google, or the ironic memes you laugh at on Facebook, might be building a more dangerous online environment? Regulation of online spaces is starting to gather momentum, with governments, consumer groups, and even digital companies themselves calling for more control over what is posted and shared online. Yet we often fail to recognise the role that you, me and all of us as ordinary citizens play in shaping the digital world. The privilege of being online comes with rights and responsibilities, and we need to actively ask what kind of digital citizenship we want to encourage in Australia and beyond. SEE ALSO: How your emoji use on Facebook could be amplifying racism Beyond the knee-jerk The Christchurch terror attack prompted policy change by governments in both New Zealand and Australia. Australia recently passed a new law that will enforce penalties for social media platforms if they don’t remove violent content after it becomes available online. Platforms may well be lagging behind in their content moderation responsibilities, and still need to do better in this regard. But this kind of “kneejerk” policy response won’t solve the spread of problematic content on social media. Addressing hate online requires coordinated efforts. Platforms must improve the enforcement of their rules (not just announce tougher measures) to guarantee users’ safety. They may also reconsider a serious redesign, because the way they currently organise, select, and recommend information often amplifies systemic problems in society like racism. Discrimination is entrenched Of course, biased beliefs and content don’t just live online. In Australia, racial discrimination has been perpetuated in public policy, and the country has an unreconciled history of Indigenous dispossession and oppression. Today, Australia’s political mainstream is still lenient with bigots, and the media often contributes to fearmongering... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, What you can do to turn the online world into a safe space, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you What you can do to turn the online world into a safe space

 

 

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Published By: ASIAN CORRESPONDENT - Monday, 15 April

 

 

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