The internet is 50 years old today. This seems like a good time to do a round up some interesting/helpful history about this powerful relatively new part of our “social environment,” as well as to shout out to some links and resources for social workers to show how creatively, professionally and resourcefully, we are responding to ways of utilizing technologies to heighten, widen and increase our impact. And we’re only getting started.
History of the Internet
What would a post about the history of the internet be without a Wikipedia entry about this? Check it out here.
The Internet/Digital Rights and the Upcoming Presidential Campaign in the U.S.
The Future of the Internet
The Internet and Human Rights
Amnesty’s International’s resource page on the Internet as a Human Right
Helpful infographic from the Association of Progressive Communications on the issue of the Internet and Human Rights (no date)
Racism on the Internet – and What to Do About It
The Internet and Democracy
Social Work-Specific Internet and Tech Resources
(Social Work practice and education colleagues – please dm with additional resources you’d like to share/boosted in this space and I’ll continue to revise!)
A group of intrepid and groundbreaking social workers and social work educators from throughout the United States have been using a Twitter hashtag #swtech for a number of years now. Please search this hashtag on Twitter and explore the innovative things happening in this space.
Review of new book called “Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology”, Iverson-Hitchcock, Sage and Smyth (2019)
#SWTech – An introduction and history of an online group (2019) and #SWTech: The beginnings of an online community (2019)- at Dr. Laurel Iverson’s wonderful SW Education Blog.
SafeLab at Columbia University – groundbreaking work in social work doing research in social media and internet spaces
CSWE’s Future of Social Work Task Force Report (2018) – Tech featured strongly in this report.
Technology in Social Work Education – Iverson-Hitchcock, Sage and Smyth/University of Buffalo School of Social Work (2018)