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    Digital purdah, or how Facebook maintains traditional practices of gender segregation

Digital purdah, or how Facebook maintains traditional practices of gender segregation

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Does Facebook act to liberate or further segregate women? In this post, Emrys Schoemaker, Director and co-founder of iMedia and PhD candidate in the Department International Development at the LSE, explores how in Pakistan, women prefer to use WhatsApp rather than Facebook, to avoid young men seeing their profiles.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said that access […]

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    ‘Facebook surveillance = parental love’, and other puzzling equations of the mobile age

‘Facebook surveillance = parental love’, and other puzzling equations of the mobile age

Sun Sun Lim explores the effect of asymmetries in families created by the use of mobile devices in Asia. Sun has studied the social implications of technology domestication by young people and families in Asia for over 10 years. Her forthcoming book, Mobile communication and the family – Asian experiences in technology domestication, features chapters on Cambodia, China, India, […]

What digital tattoos for your children?

Every time we share content online, from tweets and Facebook posts to creating blogs, websites and leaving comments, we contribute to forming our digital identity. Toshie Takahashi finds that in Japan, parents are less involved in teaching their children about the internet. She argues that parents need to overcome their blind spots and become active mediators to help children […]

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    Is social media bad for learning? The view from a Chinese village

Is social media bad for learning? The view from a Chinese village

Tom McDonald is a Research Associate at the UCL Department of Anthropology. He recently completed 15 months of fieldwork in rural China for the Global Social Media Impact Study, examining the use and consequences of social media in everyday life. He found that social media plays an important role in young people’s learning and argues that we need to look […]