In partnership with the British Council,the Moroccan British Society, and the Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane (AUI) and the Cambridge Morocco Programme are organizing a Symposium on Social Media in Ifrane on March 19, 2015. Social media is a field of growing importance in our understanding of contemporary society, and has in its various forms impacted how we communicate and how we conduct business and politics. One of the defining characteristics of social media is that users create, share and respond to each other’s information. Social media comprises websites that allow people to share news, videos and photographs, and music. It includes social networks (Facebook and LinkedIn), microblogging platforms (Twitter), media sharing sites (YouTube and Instagram), blogs and forums, wikis, and bookmarking sites (Stumble upon and Delicious). With the proliferation of smart phones, tablets and other mobile platforms, social media is liable to grow even more ubiquitous as it continues to evolve at a speed that creates increasing risks, challenges and opportunities. Social media is nowadays of intense interest to academics, business, the public sector, educators, technology experts, and civil society activists. A growing corpus of research has addressed the impact of these platforms on politics, marketing, civic life, identity construction, and privacy.

In the context of the current global debates on internet governance, social media has triggered a number of critical concerns such as privacy, ownership and control, security, copyright and intellectual property.The main objective of this conference is to explore the role social media plays in affecting multiple aspects of our lives and our society. We are inviting researchers and practitioners with a wide range of interests to engage in discussions about the spectrum of current issues revolving around social media as well as implications for the future.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to, the following :