Being a digital citizen

The rise of the internet has drastically changed what it means to be part of a community. We are all now part of a digital community, making it more important than ever to think about what it means to be a digital citizen.

Our blogs on Tumblr, our Facebook posts, our tweets, and the photos we share on Instagram make us ‘netizens’. Most of us now regularly interact with people from different countries and backgrounds.

As with any community, it’s important that we are responsible for our actions and that we create a safe space online so that everyone is free to express their point of view, just as we would in the real world.

Nighat Dad, lawyer by profession and an internet activist from Digital Rights Foundation, shares with us how we can be better digital citizens:

Want to know more? Try these reads from our catalogue

-Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach In this psychological thriller, a young woman finds escape from her sheltered life online. After adopting a fake persona, Leila gets drawn in by the charms of a charismatic internet whiz to help in a special project. Dive into this enthralling mystery about online identity theft.

-Internet Security: Take Control of Your Computer by Richard Williams From viruses to hacking, the internet harbours many dangers. Learn how to be safe online and enjoy what the digital realm has to offer.

-We First: How Brands and Consumers Use Social Media to Build a Better World by Simon Mainwaring With social media making businesses more socially conscious, this book helps present a model for businesses on how to build brand loyalty and gain new customers using social media tools.

-Digital Sociology by Deborah Lupton With new technologies emerging on a constant basis, this book identifies new social and cultural aspects of digital society. Read up on the latest debates on how the digital world influences our everyday lives.

-The Circle by David Eggers When a young woman lands her dream job at one of the world’s most powerful social media companies, she becomes a part of an experiment which tests her morals and pushes the boundaries of personal freedom.

Events

Karachi

Friday 12th January 2018 Game Night: Scrabble Challenge

Sunday 21st January 2018 Tiny Tales: The Promise

Sunday 21st January 2018 January Book Club: The Handmaid’s Tale

Saturday 27th- 28th January 2018 Fascinating Forces: 2-Day Interactive Workshop with Science Fuse

Lahore

Saturday 20th and 21st January 2018 Fascinating Forces: 2-Day Interactive Workshop with Science Fuse

Sunday 21st January 2018 January Book Club: The Handmaid’s Tale

Saturday 27th January 2018 How to Change the World: Civic Responsibility Workshop with the Active Citizens Programme

Saturday 27th January 2018 Game Night: Scrabble Challenge

Sunday 28th January 2018 Make it at the Library: Kitchen Gardening 360 With Fruit Tribe

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