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You have to know about Social capital

Social capital is a sociological concept, which refers to connections within and between social networks. Though there are a variety of related definitions, which have been described as “something of a cure-all”[1] for the problems of modern society, they tend to share the core idea “that social networks have value. Just as a screwdriver (physical capital) or a university education (human capital) can increase productivity (both individual and collective), so do social contacts affect the productivity of individuals and groups”.[2] The concept of social capital highlights the value of social relations and the role of cooperation and confidence to get collective or economic results. The term social capital is frequently used by different social sciences. It is a wide term, and that is why it can be defined accentuating different aspects depending on the perspective. In general terms, we could say that social capital is fruit of social relations, and consists on the expectative of benefits derived from the preferential treatment and the cooperation between individuals and groups.

Social Capital ingredients:

1) Internet
2) One to One conversations
3) One to Many conversations


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Social Media Landscape

Social media landscape

The main activities the graphic outlines that companies can engage in are to: publish, share, discuss, network, microblog, live-stream, livecast, live in a virtual world, participate in or create social and MMO games. Missing from the mix in this graphic, is real world examples of death, crime, law enforcement, art, knowledge building, academics, independent thought, justice, Google and people.

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Unprecedented Moment in History and Social Media

Wikipedia Entry – Social Media Section – 2011 Stanley Cup Riot

Wikipedia Entry – VPD warns online community not to take justice into their own hands

VPD warns of vigilante justice caused by “FacebookJustice Effect”

The mob mentality has moved into cyberspace for the first time

  • Christopher Schneider, a UBC sociologist and expert in criminology and social media, said the massive online reaction to the Vancouver riots is unprecedented and potentially as groundbreaking as WikiLeaks.
  • “There will be a lot of fallout, and we will probably see a lot of case law coming out of this.”
  • It will also, perhaps, change the way citizens move in the virtual world, forever. “The mob mentality has moved into cyberspace for the first time.”

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How you can help? Open Call for Researchers

Want to work on something relevant?  Love working in uncharted territory? Got some research skills?  Knowledge you want to share?  How about lending a hand with this peer reviewed website? Your goal would be to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on this subject.  Knowledge of any current developments and research and theory in the field, is appreciated. Focus will be publishing quality discussions  and providing this information freely worldwide.

Our Challenge – Who is the “Social Authority”?

Analysis of the 2011 Vancouver Riots (2011 Stanley Cup Riots) and the role that social media played to bring rioters to justice. What is social media?  What is justice? What is legal?  What is private? Does Canadian laws prevail on the Internet?  Who’s jurisdiction?


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Twitter for live results, timeline, location and pics, we use Facebook as central communications and coordination, and YouTube to tell the world.

Analysis of the 2011 Vancouver Riots (2011 Stanley Cup Riots) and the role that social media played to bring rioters to justice. What is social media?  What is justice? What is legal?  What is private? Do Canadian laws prevail on the Internet?  Who’s jurisdiction?

  • What is it? = “Facebook Justice”, “Social Media Justice”, “Social Media Vigilantes”, “Law Enforcement 2.0″,”Citizen Journalism”, “Crowd-sourcing Surveillance”, “Social Crime Reporting”, “Social Media Riot”, “Digital Lynch Mob”
  • What are the tools? = Internet, smartphones, digital photographs, computers, digital videos
  • What protocols and document formats? = HTTP, JPG, AVI, PNG, MP4
  • What are the applications? = Google, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Wikipedia,Tumblr, WordPress, Flickr, Picasa
  • What are the data mining tools? = Python Scripts – MediaMiner
  • Who is at the top of the social media heap? = Facebook groups, Bloggers, News Media, Police, Wikipedia
  • Can the flow of information be managed? = Apple with new product launches
  • Could the crisis be managed in social media? = Injecting into the feeds
  • What are the challenges of processing data? = Text Data, Photo Data, Video Data
  • What other tools? = Traditional news like newspapers and television
  • Who are the actors? = Gawkers, photogs, videonerds, instigators, rioters, criminals, anarchists, bloggers, FBer’s, citizens, police, media, emergency workers, parents, insurance companies, health care workers
  • Who are not part of this thing = (no poor, no internet connected, no children, anyone who doesn’t care, anyone who doesn’t follow social media, media, news, anyone who isn’t fluent in English, anyone who doesn’t use technology)
  • How can this be viewed through a sociological lens? = The Panopticon

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