Did you know 4.0

Watch Did you know 4.0 and identify five examples of ‘shifts’ or trends that can have an impact on how individuals behave as a digital citizens.

How do these behaviours impact on the need for, and development of, information policy in organisations?

My first reaction to this video was the thought that, given it was made in 2009, a lot of the information must be very dated by now. However, there are certainly some “shifts” mentioned that continue to impact individuals, their use of information and their behaviour as digital citizens; that libraries, schools and other organisations need to consider in the construction of information policy.

95% of all songs downloaded last year weren’t paid for

Copyright is huge area and a minefield for schools and libraries. Organisations providing access to the internet (to library members for example, either through providing computers or just wifi access) need policy in place to protect themselves from copyright violation accusations. Their acceptable use policies need to be explicit about what can and cannot be done with the access they provide and to place responsibility with the user. With this comes the obligation to provide adequate information and education so that users are properly informed of their responsibilities.

The rise of Wikipedia

Schools and libraries have a role in user education about the credibility of information and the importance of locating and using multiple sources. Wikipedia is an amazing resource but it should not be used to the exclusion of all others. I’ve written more about Wikipedia here.

The rising incidence of employees being disciplined for violating blog/message board policies

Social media sites allow the individual great freedom to express themselves – policy should be in place so that employees, users and students understand the potential implications of what they post online; and not just if their social media profile is linked to their organisation.

The mobile device will be the world’s primary connection tool to the internet by 2020

In 2013, 73.4 percent of the global online population accessed the internet from their mobile phone.  Organisations need to ensure that their online content is accessible/readable/usable via smaller screens. This also opens up issues of accessibility for people with disabilities – can the website be read by screen reading software for the vision impaired for example. It also impacts on the provision of wifi as opposed to hardware by schools, libraries and other organisations.

Newspaper circulation down, online reading up

Libraries, in particular public libraries – have always provided anyone who walks through their doors access to information about current events through the provision of newspapers and magazines. This obligation to provide access to information is just as important in the digital age and possibly even more so as those on the margins of society are even less likely to have their own means or capacity to access such information.

After viewing the video I found another updated version, this time from 2014:

My key takeaway from this was the prediction that 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. The world’s population is predicted to be 7.7 billion at that time so that’s around 7 devices for every single person. The Internet of Things is already impacting our everyday life – the impact on information policy will be huge.