The 5th IDP (Internet, Dret i Política – Internet, Law and Politics) Conference: The Pros and Cons of Social Networking Sites is to focus on SNS, offering thoughtful reflection through balanced discussions of the legal and political problems they pose.
The four previous IDP conferences have consolidated the Conference's position as an annual meeting point for researchers, academics and professionals interested in the consequences of the use of information and communication technologies on the different ambits of law and politics. As with the four previous conferences, this year’s IDP strengthens its fundamental commitment to combine scientific rigor in the discussions and pertinence in the choice of the subjects under debate.
Recently, social networking sites have, in the opinion of many, become the flagship of the so-called Web 2.0, overtaking blogs and other platforms. This has been the case thanks to the ease with which a wide-ranging audience, with little knowledge of the technology, can upload all kinds of content (text, photos, audio or video) to the web and linking them to themselves and their social setting: family, friends, colleagues and, definitively, the whole world. This ease and immediacy, together with the overcoming of the barriers of space and time, have undermined the regulations and practices traditionally linked to legal and political jurisdictions.
The 5th IDP Conference aims to act as a forum for finding out about and debating the impact of social networking sites in areas such as intellectual property personal data protection, privacy and intimacy policy and governance of the web the right to access public information, or the democratic action on the web.
The 5th IDP Conference is organised and promoted by the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) Law and Political Science Department within the framework of the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), which houses the research activities undertaken at the UOC. This research focuses for the most part on the study of the effects of technology on people, organisations and society in general.