"We don't have a choice on whether we DO social media; the question is how WELL we do it." - Erik Qualman

We couldn’t have put it better ourselves. In today’s fast paced times, where information travels faster than the speed of light, social media is an inextricable aspect of one’s personal and professional lives. It is a space where we connect with people we know and don’t know, share our opinions, views and facets of life, and also transfer information from one party to another.

Social Surfing Workshop

With more and more people becoming a part of social media, and using it on a daily basis, it becomes very relevant for platforms to engage in conversation regarding community standards on social media. What are community standards, you may ask. Simply put, community standards are the rules and regulations which govern one’s conduct on social media. While freedom of expression is one the key aspects of social media interaction, living in a society and engaging with different kinds of people on various issues, becomes reason to define certain acceptable codes of conduct on social media.

Many of the problems of the real world, have found their place online, such as abuse, bullying, child sexual abuse, impersonation, cheating and fraud, among others. To curb these, and ensure a smooth and enjoyable online experiences for all kinds of people, it is necessary to formulate and implement community standards.

Having worked in the area of online safety, counterspeech and cybercrime by way of our #SocialSurfing project with Facebook, we have first hand experience on the need for users to be made more aware of community standards across platforms.

Twitter is a platform which is often the battleground for many organizations and individuals, who engage in conversation regarding relevant issues. Sometimes these are healthy conversations, and sometimes, the issue of trolling and abusive behavior comes to the forefront. Twitter has very strict rules regarding all this, and you can access them here: www.twitter.com

To begin a user oriented discussion on community standards, we will be hosting our first Tweetchat in collaboration with Twitter India, on the issue of Community Standards entitled "How can community standards be used more effectively?". We will be sharing five questions every 5 minutes from our Twitter handle (@CSR_India) and panelists will be replying their responses, using the hashtag #TweeSurfing.

Do join us today at 3 pm IST, and engage in a fun and engaging discussion on the relevant issue of community standards!

Social Surfing Workshops

Indraprastha College - Social Surfing Workshop

After two months of hard core brainstorming, the team at CSR finally had the blue print of what our programme will look like.

Indraprastha College - Delhi

Miranda House - Delhi

We wrapped up Social surfing on 27th at 4 pm and the team got back to office at 6 but only to pack again.

Miranda House - Delhi

Sikkim University - Gangtok

With Support from Dr. Guha, Head of Communications Department, Centre for Social Research facilitated the #SocialSurfing workshop at Sikkim University on 9th September 2015 with a total of 33 students.

Sikkim University - Gangtok

University of Madras - Chennai

RGNIYD - Chennai

St. Xavier's College - Mumbai

Campus Law Centre

SocialSurfers are up to their old tricks once more! This week our great team went to the Campus Law Centre at Delhi University to preach safe and social surfing to law students, on their beautiful, green and gigantic campus.

Campus Law Centre - Delhi

Chitkara University - Chandigarh

Banaras Hindu University - Varanasi

 Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi

“Women are constantly judged on their physical appearance, and the way they dress, and the way they do their hair, the color of their lipstick, their careers….they have to be apologize and explain themselves, actually #sorryI’mnotsorry, because I am me”

Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University - Delhi

AMITY University - Noida, Uttar Pradesh

As we walked into the Amity University campus, the CSR team of Amitabh Kumar, Vikram Sheoran, Arnika Singh, Nikita Blanes and Abhiruchi Ranjan were baffled with the sheer size of the 60 acre campus.

AMITY University - Noida, Uttar Pradesh

SNDT Women's University - Mumbai

University Of Hyderabad - Hyderabad

Social Surfing reached Hyderabad on 11th September for a workshop with the Media and Communications students at the University of Hyderabad.

University Of Hyderabad

Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies - Delhi

It was the sunny afternoon of 15th September, 2015 when our team comprising of Arnika Singh, Vikram Sheoran, Abhiruchi Ranjan and Nikita Blanes headed for Pitampura, to deliver a workshop on Social Surfing to a group of 50 students in the Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies (VIPS).

VIPS - Delhi

Leh Degree College - Leh

As we write about the workshop in Leh, there are plenty of words coming to our mind and at the same time they all fall short of the brilliant experience that we had in that unbelievable place. Social Surfing would have been left incomplete if Leh was missed.

Leh Degree College - Leh

Social Surfing Partners

Amity University Banaras Hindu University Jadhavpur University Indraprastha College Lovely Professional University
Goa-University Heydrabad University Utkal University JEPPIAR KARVE Institute
Kashi Vidhyapeeth SNDT - Mumbai Mirandav House Ravenshaw University RGNIYD
Lady Shri Ram College Leh Degree College Shaheed Bhagat Singh College Sikkim-University St-Xavier-College
TISS KIIT Chitkara University Rabindernath Bharti University VIPS
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