On the 22 and 23 March Burgos hosted the 2nd Iberoamerican Social Networks Conference iRedes, sponsored by BBVA. In one of the roundtables held at the event, chaired by the Spanish language CNN journalist Juan Andrés Muñoz, the social psychologist Dolors Reig (@dreig), the founder of Menéame.net, Ricardo Galli (@gallir), Jon Aguirre, from Paisaje Transversal (@paistransversal) and Francisco Jurado, from Democracia 4.0 (SuNotissima) discussed the role played by social networks in terms of citizen engagement, in which the younger generations gaining in prominence.
Are young people increasingly engaged thanks to the new communications platforms? Has new media shaken up the social and political debate? What real influence do internet-organized citizen movements really have? Do 20th Century solutions work in the 21st Century? Are the revolutions in North Africa and movements such as 15M and OWS an indication that things are changing? The topic still raises as many questions as it provides answers. Some of the key aspects are discussed in the video below.