The most important platforms the will tend to empower users these days are those found on the internet. These might be the vehicles for collective empowerment that many social workers and psychologists are studying these days. The need is urgent, since metrics should be put into this process for tracking and for understanding behavior.
The collective has its pluses and minuses in terms of behavior. And the fact that this sort of process can drive the attitudes of many is something that society has to be on top of. For many governments for instance the unregulated use and communications on the internet can mean something that might undermine their power.
Be that as it may, the empowered groups will often have an agenda and often make sense. This is in a world that is turning towards tech and helping them understand their own situations pretty well. That in itself is not a bad thing and mass movements for the good are often the most powerful of all political factors.
In politics, you can saw that those elected might become empowered. In a democracy though, the need for empowerment basically resides on the people in the state. That is a basic that has fueled the drive and the creation of social media for instance, along with other resources that are affordable and even free.
These days nothing can come out of something if it is not internet based or connected to it. But this is a plus and minus in itself. Behaviorally speaking though, this fact means that capturing the attention of many means going online and trying to convince of one thing or another, which is not evil at all.
But then again the stories that surround internet horde mentality are already legendary but in a really bad way. Riots can come from this sort of empowered groups, and this in turn can concern the security apparatus of nations. The action and reaction provides for more social ills in the long run.
Thus there is a need for finding the positive drivers of an already established forum for many. Social media is too diverse a thing though to be really understandable, controllable or even made to drive towards the more positive features it can have. Sociologists are interested about this for obvious reasons.
Control is also something that folks using the new media do not actually want. The freedom in platforms for these is always a valued counter for anyone. And companies that run platforms, apps and sites believe in this type of freedom and even provide many open source downloads to support this view.
Empowerment in this sense of helping people have the right information quickly and easily is the primary good here. That is a thing which is open or available to all who access the internet. And it has turned on a lot of minds to many possibilities, although human nature can often turn these into the stickier issues that have now become headaches for tech companies, the government and authority groups.