Social media changes behavior of citizens, says study

Updated 30 March 2015
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Social media changes behavior of citizens, says study

Two Saudi researchers have suggested in a study monitoring social media websites to follow up on suspicious behavior that can affect citizens directly or indirectly.
The study, conducted on a sample of citizens in the Northern Borders Province, stated that these websites can be used to shake the security of the nation and feed extremist ideologies.
The study showed that there is a three-axis impact of social media when it comes to behavioral change: It can disrupt security, increase terrorism and lead to deviant thought. The researchers, Dr. Mohammad Al-Shamrani and Dr. Abdulsamad Marghalani, said both genders are likely to be affected and have the ability to disturb security and be affected by terrorist groups.
Taking a sample opinions of 1,000 citizens from different age groups and academic levels, they said the impact of misusing social media, since it distracts users from national issues.
Northern borders inhabitants said these websites contributed to the formation of groups that target the national security, which led researchers to confirm that social media is used negatively and for unlawful reasons, even though it may also contribute to increase awareness and fight extremist thought.
The research sample also asked whether the nation’s children contributed willingly in achieving the goals of terrorist groups, and if respondents believe conspiracies are implemented through social media.
Survey respondents answered there is clear evidence that these groups have the ability to involve community members in their operations, and they might lure them gradually toward their extremist thoughts.


India to make new bid to launch Moon rocket on Monday

Updated 18 July 2019
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India to make new bid to launch Moon rocket on Monday

  • India would become the fourth nation to land a spacecraft on the moon
  • The project is one of the cheapest amongst its kind internationally

NEW DELHI: India will make a new bid to launch a landmark mission to the Moon on Monday, a week after aborting lift-off at the last minute because of a fuel leak, officials said.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said it had rescheduled the launch of Chandrayaan-2, or Moon Chariot-2, for 2:43 p.m. (0913 GMT) on Monday.
India is aiming to become just the fourth nation after Russia, the United States and China to land a spacecraft on the Moon.
Indian space chiefs called off the planned launch of the rocket 56 minutes before blast-off on Monday morning because of what ISRO called a “technical snag.”
Media reports quoted ISRO scientists saying a helium fuel leak had been detected.
India has spent about $140 million on preparations for the project, which is one of the cheapest among international space powers.
By comparison, the United States spent about $25 billion — the equivalent of more than $100 billion in current prices — on 15 Apollo missions in the 1960s and 70s.
The rocket will launch from a space center in Sriharikota, an island off the coast of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
It will carry an orbiter, lander and a rover which has been almost entirely designed and made in India.
The orbiter is meant to keep circling the Moon for about one year, taking pictures of the surface and sending back information on the atmosphere.
A lander named Vikram will take the rover to the surface near the lunar South Pole.
India’s first lunar mission in 2008 — Chandrayaan-1 — did not land on the Moon, but carried out a search for water using radar.
A soft landing on the Moon would be a huge leap forward in India’s space program, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi determined to launch a manned mission into space by 2022.
India also has ambitions to land a probe on Mars. In 2014, India became only the fourth nation to put a satellite into orbit around the Red Planet.