Got published in Middle East 360: How Israel protects the rights of Palestinians


The Israeli Supreme Court. Image Courtesy: Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons

Of late, the IDF is trying to come up with their side of the story, even though their activities are not above criticisms at all. The IDF is trying to reach out to the people with the help of their Facebook page and related social media groups.

With the help of the organizations like StandWithUs  the IDF has also started to attempt gradual dissemination of information and policies in public.

However, another important consideration in this context is that how the Israeli politico-military system actually works. Contrary to the popular belief, Israel is not an excessively militarized country. Even after so many years of conflict and warfare, Israel has not transformed itself into a North Korea of the Middle East.

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Brief Introduction to Technological Determinism

Technological determinism can be described as a juncture of socio-technical studies, sociology, technology, and societal evolution. The theoretical framework of technological determinism basically concerns itself with the deterministic and influential nature of technology with regard to human society and perceptions.


The industrial revolution of Europe provided this paradigm with considerable scholarly impetus. Technological determinism can amply help us in developing an understanding on how society and technology interact. The basic framework of this theoretical paradigm has been constructed on the basis of Thorstein B. Veblen’s works. Although a strictly deterministic approach might damage the very target of this book, I have focused on the philosophical side of determinism. This has been done to provide a wholesome view of the debates that frequently arise while analyzing the relationships between technology and society. Although this book is primarily meant for sociology students, I have adopted an interdisciplinary approach. If a manager or technology expert wishes to work on socio-technical projects, this book can be helpful for them as well. For a basic framework level of introduction to this huge and rapidly evolving realm of inquiry, you can continue to read more at Brief Introduction to Technological Determinism (Paperback), which is available through the website.

Multi-Agency Coordination Development in Contemporary UK Social Care Sector

In contemporary UK, social care services have become a prime area of focus. Particularly in the wake of the events of Rotherham, the UK government and social care policymakers are striving to create better social safeguards for children. On the other hand, the Care Act (2014) has emerged as a very important, innovative, and dynamic framework for adult social care.


Coordination of various agencies and functions to provide enhanced social care. Image via Google Images and Pusat Materi

The combined effect of the events of Rotherham and the Care Act has shown that both vulnerable adults and children in general need social attention as well as assistance from the local authorities. The reasons are diverse. Firstly, children may hesitate to report or may not understand the gravity of the situation when they face an incident of sexual exploitation (Jay 2014). So the juvenile population needs extensive and immediate attention. Secondly, establishment of integrated adult mental health services shows that instances of mental disorders are not only becoming more preponderant but also being left unattended Care Act (2014). Thirdly, the government’s urge to establish more coordination across the various agencies at local levels is creating ample scope and serious requirement of multi-agency social care network development. The government of UK is advocating that both social programmes and technological advancements be implemented to cater with the complex needs of potential victims of abuse (Multi-Agency Working and Information Sharing Project 2014).

The technical aspects of multi-agency coordination are dependent on IT integration and use. Without exploiting the merits of Internet and database technologies, it is difficult for policymakers to come up with a more practical idea for social welfare in the 21st century. For example, an easily accessible website of the local social care network may help a victim to report about his/her plight via emails or online complaint submission options. Multiple agencies are active at the level of every British county for protecting the vulnerable populations and detecting the potential victims. Hence, success rates of multi-agency frameworks will vary directly as the number of local social care units that actively network with each other. Contextually, unification of the different non government organisations and local authorities is necessary. In conclusion, one can state that “to achieve effective inter-agency working, agencies may consider that there are merits in establishing a multi-agency management committee” (Department of Health 2001, p. 15)


  1. Care Act (2014), London: The Stationary Office
  2. Department of Health (2001), No Secrets: Guidance on developing and implementing multi-agency policies and procedures to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, London: Home Office
  3. Jay, A. (2014), Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham 1997-2013, Rotherham: Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  4. Multi-Agency Working and Information Sharing Project (2014), London: Home Office

Distortion of Social Media Data: Should Expressions be Controlled or Spammers be Eliminated?

How should we use social media? What should be language parameters and limits of expression?

Image via Google and Wikipedia

Technically speaking, there needs to be no limit at all from the perspective of a researcher. Limits of expression are not required. One can, indeed, use abusive language or create other kinds of mess. These things can be converted into research topics. However, problems arise because most of the social networking sites are doing something very wrong. They let users leave several user data fields vacant. This helps spammers to become users and distort the social media data considerably. In other words, netiquette is less important than network security. It appears to be so at least from the viewpoint of a researcher or technology enthusiast.

If someone needs to join Facebook, he/she may skip a number of questions. But Google has shown a good approach. Google often makes filling of certain fields in a form mandatory. This is likely to increase stability and reliability. While opening a Gmail account (that can be later connected with Google Plus, the company’s social networking service), the user must give an authentic phone number. If this kind of system is materialized for Facebook too, then spamming and unauthorized use can be considerably controlled. However, the primary responsibility still lies with email service providers rather than the social networking sites.

Extended Reading:

[1] Core Rules of Netiquette

[2] Laughton, P. A. (2008). Hierarchical analysis of acceptable use policies. South African Journal of Information Management, 10(4), 2-6.

[3] Social Spam

[4] Social Networking Spam – 5 Rules for Marketers

From livescience: “The 7 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earth” 2010

Wonderful wandering all across the wonders



July 22, 2010
Heather Whipps

Credit: NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team
The lost city of Atlantis has been discovered in the Bahamas, the Greek Islands, Cuba, and even Japan if every claim was to be believed.

First described by the ancient Greek historian Plato in 360 B.C., the mythological island was supposedly a great naval power before sinking into the sea over 10,000 years ago in a catastrophic event.

Archaeologists debate the actual historical existence of the island as well as its most plausible location if it ever actually existed among the many sunken ruins discovered around the world. But even without definitive proof, Atlantis continues to engage the popular imagination like few other archaeological mysteries out there.

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Sprucing up an otherwise docile English field, the prehistoric monument commonly known as Stonehenge is one of the world’s most famous landmarks.

The ring of megalithic…

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Tomorrow’s Technology Depends on Today’s Physics

So true …

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By Dr. Mark G. Jackson, founder of Fiat Physica, a physics crowdfunding organization. Anative of Portland, Oregon, he received his PhD in superstring cosmology from Columbia University in 2004. He then performed postdoctoral research at the Fermilab, the Lorentz Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Paris Center for Cosmological Physics, the Institut du Astrophysique de Paris, and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences.He recently moved to New York City.

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