Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us

Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us

by Raffi Cavoukian


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Lightweb Darkweb: Three Reasons To Reform Social Media Before It Re-Forms Us by Raffi Cavoukian

Lightweb Darkweb makes the case for the critical need to reform social media, especially for young users. Its author, Raffi Cavoukian, the renowned singer, Raffi, is also a writer, systems thinker, and founder of the Centre For Child Honouring. He offers three reasons for social media reform: safety, intelligence, and sustainability. A response to the suicide of Vancouver teen Amanda Todd after years of online harassment, and dedicated to her, Lightweb Darkweb is a call for sanity in the digital age:

• social media providers must make systemic changes for young users safety
• parents need to regulate their kids’ screen time and social media use
• society can optimize the benefits of the Internet only by reducing its shadow of social, ecological and health hazards.

Lightweb Darkweb highlights children’s developmental needs as a key missing consideration in the digital revolution. The result is a much-needed book for our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780986644610
Publisher: Troubadour Records, Limited
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Pages: 177
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

For millions of fans, Raffi’s music was the soundtrack of their childhood. These “beluga grads” now share his songs with their own kids. Raffi has been described by the Washington Post and the Toronto Star as the most popular children’s entertainer in the western world, and Canada’s all time children’s champion. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Member of the Order Of Canada. Raffi is a tech enthusiast, entrepreneur, and ecology advocate. He holds three honorary degrees and is a member of the Club of Budapest

Table of Contents

Preface 1

Introduction 5

iConnect 6

How I Use Digital Tech 7

Bananaphone to Smartphone 10

Part 1 Safety 15

Open Letter to Facebook 15

Red Hood Project 16

Unintended Audience 19

@crimefighterguy 23

Teen Sharing 25

A Mother's Concern 26

Safety by Design 29

Cellphone Safe? 32

Internet Hurting Kids? 38

Part 2 Intelligence 45

A Precious Gift 46

Unhealthy Enculturation 47

Brain Storms 49

Screen Dilemma 54

Bathed in Bits? 58

Facebook Blowback 67

Twitter-Free Weekend 69

Recording Sharing Everything 71

Pop Goes the Culture 73

Privacy Anyone? 78

Lightweb Darkweb 82

Seeing Lanier 83

Being Human 86

Re-Forming Life 89

Virtuality 90

The New Electricity 92

Love and Anxiety 93

Part 3 Sustainability 99

Rare Earth 100

Inside Apple 101

Challenging the Chip 103

Imitating Life's Genius 107

Personal Responsibility 110

Systems View 113

Benign Design 116

Conclusion 121

Please Remember 123

Response Ability 126

Respecting Earth and Child 128

Beyond Social Media 129


Appendix A Making the Best of It 133

Appendix B Red Hood Project 136

Appendix C Is the Internet Hurting Children? 139

Appendix D Recommendations and Comments 143

Acknowledgments 153

Notes 155

Bibliography 169

Index 173

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