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5) The internet and social media platforms pose an impossible challenge for government and civil society. Critically analyze.(250 words) 

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Topic –   Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life

5) The internet and social media platforms pose an impossible challenge for government and civil society. Critically analyze.(250 words) 

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Why this question

Internet and social media are playing an increasingly broader and important role in our lives. It is pertinent to understand whether they can be regulated in order to control their negative implications for the society.

Key demand of the question

The question wants us to dig deep into the issue and bring out the challenges posed by internet and social media and discuss why it is impossible to overcome them in the near future.

We have to form an opinion on the issue in consonance with our line of discussion after analyzing all the related aspects.

Directive word

Critically analyze- Here we have to dig deep into the issue and discuss all the relevant aspects- whether there is a need to regulate internet and social media under the present circumstances; why/ why not; if yes, then what are the difficulties involved therein

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Mention a few incidences which bring out the need to regulate/manage internet. E.g Facebook controversy, Google controversy, NEET data leaks etc.

Body-

  • Discuss the challenges posed by internet and social media to the government and the society. E.g terrorism, fake news, rumours triggering lynchings and riots, data snooping etc.
  • Discuss why it is difficult to overcome those challenges. E.g platform vs medium vs content; discuss why it is difficult to control any of them E.g huge and expanding no. of users; huge volume of traffic; needs of legitimate businesses and activities which disprove control of medium through frequent internet shutdowns, increased use of IT tools in all spheres of activity including governance; AI is still in nascent stages and it will take at least a decade to develop such AI which can automatically weed out harmful and unwanted content etc.

Conclusion– discuss what should the government do in such situation.