Pajhwok Afghan News posted a short article by Zahibullah Ihsas, telling how media practitioners in Mazar-i Sharif today have urged the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to declare the ongoing week as a social media week. He writes:
“…One of the participants and Arezzo television director, Najib Paikan, said social media was yet to be used positively in the country. For example, he said, most youths wasted their time on the Facebook instead of taking advantage of it. He said Facebook and similar social media networks would be more effective, if they were used for intellectual purposes aimed at developing political, social and economic affairs.”
Indeed, social media - and the open source platforms they promote and use - should be considered as a very effective boosting tool for many working environments and activities: from risk assessment or post disaster management, to cultural heritage promotion on a local, regional and even meta-national basis.