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Papua’s digital re-educate or better control?

By Facebook is flat to explain, wants the government of Papua New Guinea are the advantages and disadvantages of the social network better. “This is a chance to the people to inform,” says the minister of Communications. Would it?

The shock waves of Cambridge Analytica and the concern about the omnipotence of Facebook are already up in the Pacific Ocean to feel. Papua New Guinea wants the social network to a month in the ban …

The shock waves of Cambridge Analytica and the concern about the omnipotence of Facebook are already up in the Pacific Ocean to feel. Papua New Guinea wants the social network a month long ban store, allowing the government the costs and benefits of Facebook better. Papua New Guinea during the ban fake accounts to detect and remove, says Communications minister, Sam Basil, today in the local newspaper the Post Courier.

‘We want to be in that period to collect information to identify users that are located behind false accounts to hide’, says Basil. But also users that pornographic images charging and false information spread should look like. “It helps honest people with real identities in the social network in a responsible way.”

Swamped by digital globalization

When the ban comes into force, says Basil is not, but according to him, employees of the national research institute for Communication and Technology during that month the chance to analyze who Facebook used and in what way. Because even though only about 12 percent of the more than 8 million Papua-New-Guineeërs has access to the internet, also grows on the island in the Pacific Ocean to the concern about the effects of social media on the well-being, safety and productivity of the population.

Minister Basil showed himself in the past has often concerned with the growing power of Facebook and co., but the scandal around Cambridge Analytica is for him the final straw. The British-American databedrijf erases the data of tens of millions of Facebook users to harvest in an attempt to, among others, the American elections and the Brexit referendum to affect.

The digital globalization has, according to Basil, the world is engulfed while the national government never got a chance to weigh the pros and cons (of Facebook, ed.) to weigh’. By the ban, will the government now have the opportunity to the people to inform and to give directives for the use of social media.

Mustard in China and Erdogan

Papua New Guinea is going to look to other countries how they deal with Facebook and social media. China, for example, blocks except Facebook also Google, YouTube and WhatsApp. And in 2014 took then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Turkey Twitter offline, to he was meantime by the court. Also countries like North Korea, Iran, and Egypt close their people off of social media, although people that work with a vpn connection (virtual private network), that your location does not give away.

“A general ban of social media can only be done in countries where the government tightly and centrally organized, and in control of the telecom operators,” says Bart Vanhaelewyn, which at Imec and the Ghent university research into media consumption. “In our country it is almost impossible. Moreover, it is unlikely that the population here would pick if Facebook was closed down.’

Private Papua network

It is healthy to reflect on the impact of Facebook on the society, says Vanhaelewyn. ‘But you have to have no general ban is needed. If you the impact of social media wants to know you better with voluntary test subjects and control groups work.’ He suspects that the government of Papua New Guinea in the first place even more grip wants to get at the data of its internet users.

Vanhaelewyn refers to the proposal of minister Basil to possibly own a social network on its feet, ‘that is more conducive to the Papuans to communicate’. ‘It is a dangerous precedent if the government decides to give itself a social medium to manage, ” says Vanhaeleweyn. ‘In China, citizens now have credit scores on the basis of their behaviour on social media. These data are a powerful tool to get the population in check.’

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