Social media

Role and potential of new (uncontrolled) information systems in science and governance

Social media are computer aided communications systems, that facilitate fast information streams and facilitate social networks, such as twitter, hyves, Facebook, emails, wikipedia etc.

These social media are increasingly restructuring our science (increased data availability; but also loss of credibility and authority) and governance (with radicalized disclosure such as Wikileaks, new forms of crime and espionage, new relations between politicians and voters, new political spaces, etc.). They influence the production, use, release, framing, accessibility, demand, and verification of information.

How do social media influence or restructure the governance of sustainable agro-food and environmental systems?