debate. If such is the case, filters would actually help moderate online discourse and/or increase tolerance in the context of friendships or other relationships.

The Benefits of Understanding Social Behavior and the Internet

The IDR Team concluded their discussion by examining the broad benefits that may result from a better understanding of how the Internet affects social behavior. The group identified governance (not to be restricted to government), education, and civic participation as the three major areas that might benefit from the aforementioned research. The IDR Team expects that even more research and study questions would emerge from those posed here. Such questions might include:

• Where is government authority derived from in this changing environment? How do we regulate social media systems? Who is the agent of change?

• How is expertise determined and signaled? Who has the authority to design and implement curricula?

• Whose voice counts? How are voices counted?



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