Social Media


Amity University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

Humanity has been the observant of various conflicts occurring within itself and so, has the International Humanitarian Law. This has become a quite considerable domain for observation, when it is to be tested how the wake of an ultimate digital revolution leading to the evolution of cyber age, social media and cybersecurity laws have lead to discover a newer set of legal institutions, which keep the equality of the sovereigns, which are inept with the cyber realm in the International Community. Liability and responsibility shifts us to consider how the IHL may turn out to be either a Public International Law or a Private International Law or a bridge between them for every human and statutory instrument, when both of the concepts become more applied and real in their presence. Pursuant to the Geneva and Hague Conventions, the cyber realm needs a more attention to regulate and identify the reachable aspect of IHL, which in the end represents individualism and representation. This inquires to discover a wider manifestation of the realm of phasing and representation-oriented privacy in the budding global cyber community, but has been so far quite limited, which must be dealt with a wider application in the IHL. The paper thus elucidates the various implications of cyber crises and revolution in various countries with a critical analysis of how these contingencies are going to change the fate and face of International Humanitarian Law with special references to various legal instruments and incidents in the cyber world.

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Anushka Sinha & Cheta Sheth
Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar

Language is unquestionably one of the most phenomenal tools, for getting our ideas, emotions and feelings across. And just as our culture has changed over time, language has evolved to accommodate this development. Communication, today, is growing faster than ever before. Our understanding of communication has also progressed, the oscillating nature of language from symbols to words and back to symbols is evident. The authors delve into the possibility of a new language surfacing, with compression of lengthy writing into simple characters and replacement of alphabets with symbols.

Hermeneutics literally means ‘to interpret’, this branch of knowledge aims to achieve an understanding of a text, expressions and so on. The authors propose to look into a hermeneutical understanding of emojis or symbols which are commonly used today as a substitute for words on various social media platforms. While dealing with this aspect, the authors study the string of legal problems and issues which may arise owing to multiple interpretations of these ubiquitous symbols. We also attempt to understand the reduction of text into smaller forms on popular platforms such as ‘Twitter’ from a hermeneutical perspective, the ramifications and impact of the same on our understanding of communication as a whole. Concluding, we suggest for the expansion of horizons for hermeneutics, applying hermeneutical standards to understand what people are saying across various social media platforms, which are emerging as a powerful mechanism for communication.

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