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Legal Implications of Social Media – Week-by-Week Layout

Posted on: January 3, 2010

The wide spread of social media across the world today has led businesses and individuals to consider the legal implications around this use.  As all journalists know libel is an issue to always be aware of, the introduction of social media and, more specifically social networking, has lead to an increase in the likelihood of this crime being committed.  As wikipedia states about these laws; “In law, defamation—also called calumny, vilification, slander (for spoken words), and libel (for written or otherwise published words)—is the communication of a statement that makes a claim, expressly stated or implied to be factual, that may give an individual, business, product, group, government or nation a negative image. It is usually, but not always,[1] a requirement that this claim be false and that the publication is communicated to someone other than the person defamed (the claimant).” (1)Here we can see why social media is changing how these laws must be enforced and these crimes committed. In order to fully understand how best to learn and teach social media is it vital to look at the legal issues that surround this medium.

Week 1 – Legal Issues and the Internet – a look at the legal definitions that are effecting social media

Week 2 – Legal Issues and Social media

Week 3 – Legal Issues and Privacy on social networking sites

  • Readings
    • Social Networking and the Law – Social Networking and the Law: Virtual Social Communities Are Creating Real Legal Issues. (n.d.). American Bar Association – Defending Liberty, Pursuing Justice. Retrieved January 2, 2010, from http://www.abanet.org/buslaw/blt/2009-03-04/viscounty.shtml
    • Read Social Networking Sites – boyd, danah, (2007), “Why Youth (Heart) Social Network Sites: The Role of Networked Publics in Teenage Social Life.”  MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Learning – Youth, Identity, and Digital Media Volume (ed. David Buckingham). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
    • The Future of Reputation Chapter 6-8 – Daniel J. Solove. The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor and Privacy on the Internet. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007.
    • Magid, L. (2010, January 20). Kids pack in nearly 11 hours of media use daily | Safe and Secure – CNET News. Technology News – CNET News. Retrieved January 21, 2010, from http://news.cnet.com/8301-19518_3-10438088-238.html
  • Tweets – Post 8 tweets relating to social media and/or legality and the internet
  • Blog – Write two 300-word entries around readings

Week 4 – Legal Issues around mobile social media use

Week 5 – Successes and failures – what has/has not worked for sites and businesses thus far with regard to social media

  • Readings
    • Part 1 & 2, Goldsmith, J., & Wu, T. (2006).Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World. New York: Oxford University Press, USA.
    • WATKINS, T. (2010, February 2). Use of Twitter, Facebook rising among gang members – washingtonpost.com.washingtonpost.com – nation, world, technology and Washington area news and headlines. Retrieved February 7, 2010, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/02/AR2
  • Video
  • Tweets – Post 8 tweets relating to social media and/or legality and the internet
  • Blog – Write two 300-word entries around readings
  • Sources – Complete list of sources to be used for final paper. Should include 6+ sources, most of which are books and scholarly work.

Week 6 – Looking Forward

  • Readings
    • Part 3, Goldsmith, J., & Wu, T. (2006).Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World. New York: Oxford University Press, USA.
    • NY Times Article RICHTEL, M. (2010, January 16). Driven to Distraction – Pedestrians, Too, Are Distracted by Cellphones – Series – NYTimes.com. The New York Times – Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. Retrieved January 19, 2010, from http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/17/technology/17distracted.html?emc=eta1
    • AP Article – Press, A. (2010, January 30). TheSpec.com – Business – Social media rivals aim to become indispensable .TheSpec.com . Retrieved January 31, 2010, from Press, A. (2010, January 30). TheSpec.com – Business – Social media rivals aim to become indispensable .TheSpec.com . Retrieved January 31, 2010, from http://www.thespec.com/News/Business/article/714866
  • Tweets – Post 8 tweets relating to social media and/or legality and the internet
  • Blog – Write two 300-word entries around readings

Week 7 – Conclusion – Final Paper

  • Complete final draft of 2500-word paper
  • Tweets – Make 5 tweets about final paper topic
  • Complete final self-assessment for independent study

The independent study will be set up to ensure that I am able to read and write equally on the topic. Before the course begins I will find audio, video and text sources and form a schedule for myself based on the 7 weeks (topics outlined above) to explore these materials. I will write two 300 word blog posts weekly regarding readings on the topics. During Week 4 I will form a research question proposal for the final paper to Sharon Kleinman for approval, with this I will include a self-assessment of the work completed that point. During Week 5 I will make a formal proposal of the sources I will be using for the paper.  At the end of week 7 I will provide a 2,500 word paper using resources I found throughout the course to summarize my findings.

1) Defamation – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. (n.d.). Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved December 9, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Libel_and_slander

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