KnE Social Sciences | The 3rd International Conference on Social and Political Science (ICoSaPS) | pages: 12-20

DOI: 10.18502/kss.v2i4.862

Internet’s only as Good as Its Users

Eric Loo
eloo@uow.edu.au
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Abstract

The ‘democratizing’ influence of the Internet is only as effective as the political culture and the people's readiness to actively use the medium for meaningful engagement, as well as a mainstream media that is capable of being a watchdog on those in power. To achieve the democratic potential of the Internet, (a) we need to develop best practices in socio-political blogging; (b) the basic principles of ethical journalism - transparency, accuracy, accountability, fairness, verifiability - should apply to blogs that claim to provide readers a space to engage in free and honest intellectual exchanges; and (c) the Internet as a tool to instigate fundamental reforms is only as effective as its users, and the environment that allows users to generate new knowledge and critically engage in the political process.

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