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On the periphery of control

With all the hysteria around the freshly installed Labour leader, you may have missed Social Media Week.

21 September 2015

The annual event returned to London last week and joined with partner cities around the world. It may not be an obvious warm-up to Fashion Week (although the delegates are universally fashion-forward), but it is a barometer of the state of the digital world and a window into what is yet to come. It was also a Corbyn-free zone.

Despite an occasional reference to privacy and abstract acknowledgements of intellectual property (the majority of which was in the context of unwanted complications), the law was mostly absent from the numerous presentations and discussions. But, with social media now fully incorporated into our lives, it remains on the periphery of control and order. That's not to say it should. There is a growing concern about how far social media can develop without proper regulation, and how far the digitisation of our lives can, and should, go.

Here are just a few of the things that ...

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