This is a course blog for the classes on digital government and social media in the public sector" class taught by Professor Ines Mergel at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. The blog posts include comments and ideas from MPA, MAIR and EMPA students studying the use of new technologies in the public sector.
Monday, December 10, 2012
In English the personal pronoun I, has an egocentric
connotation. Ipads, Iphones, Ipods, allow the individual, the possibility of
being connected according to their own preferences with different information
around the world; for each one, you have a different device.
During the social media course, I thought many times about
the idea that in many ways cyber space provides us the possibility of getting
involved in many connections in line with our personal interests, facilitating
the idea that we are in a “shrinking world”.
The cyber era gave us more connected people via
virtual space, but people disconnected from the real world. It up to us to
chose the ways that all of those technological items could help to build a
bridge, to share information, and to communicate in the best way. Our traditional
methods of doing things are changing. Now the way we do things, even the way we
think, needs to take into consideration the cyber field. The amount of new
information available to all the people can be very helpful, but it must be
organized and used in practical ways.
American values such as freedom and equality are
behind this openness, this spirit of discovery, continuing and enriching this
information around the world, and providing more and more the possibility of
transparent access to information on the web. Now all we can learn is in front
of our screens, we have more access and also more responsibility to build
better opportunities for our future generations.