This brief report summarises a workshop on the privacy and security risks associated with social media and how best to manage these risks.
The workshop also examined how to develop an agenda for evidence-based research that will assist government agencies to navigate the opportunities and challenges of social media.
The main themes to emerge from the workshop were:
>> there is a need to understand the risks to privacy and security posed by converging technologies
>> developments in the area of social media are happening quickly and it is difficult to keep up with current developments, let alone predict future developments
>> privacy concerns have the potential to diminish the value of social media to business and government
>> little is known about people’s attitudes to online privacy risks and how their attitudes affect their behaviour
>> there is a lack of research in this area and more research is needed to understand the implications and identify ways of managing the risks.