Encouraging Digital Civility: What Companies and Others Can Do

Encouraging Digital Civility: What Companies and Others Can Do

Jacqueline F. Beauchere (Microsoft Corporation, USA)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 13
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5094-5.ch014

Abstract

The internet, the landmark invention of our lifetime, has brought us great benefit, but along with it, risk and antisocial behavior, including online bullying, hate speech, extremist content, and other ills. Prevention lies in promoting digital citizenship—safe, responsible, and appropriate use of technology and services—and a newer concept, digital civility—online interactions rooted in empathy, respect, and kindness. And, while no one entity can combat these issues alone, internet companies can play their part, as exemplified by the robust tools and resources offered by Microsoft and others. A collective focus, however, is needed to help raise awareness and change behavior, and the responsibility must be shared among the technology industry and government policy makers as well as everyone who uses the internet, including parents and caregivers, educators, and young people. This chapter explores these ideas.
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Microsoft Research On Digital Civility Today

As access to the transformational power of technology grew around the world, societies were transfixed by the promise of a truly connected world. Today, however, we find ourselves increasingly aware of the misuse and abuse of online services and their users, as well as physical-world horrors being streamed online for all the world to see. This awareness has led to increased caution, eroding people’s confidence in technology as a trustworthy tool and force for good.

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