New Report from the Congressional Research Service: Social Media and Disasters
SECRECY NEWS from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2011, Issue No. 86
September 13, 2011
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The growing use of social media — such as Twitter and Facebook — in responding to emergency situations is examined in a new report (pdf) from the Congressional Research Service. “In the last five years social media have played an increasing role in emergencies and disasters,” the report notes. “… They have been used by individuals and communities to warn others of unsafe areas or situations, inform friends and family that someone is safe, and raise funds for disaster relief.” While they have still untapped potential for improving emergency communications, social media can also be used — inadvertently or maliciously — to disseminate false or misleading information, the report observes. See “Social Media and Disasters: Current Uses, Future Options, and Policy Considerations,” September 6, 2011.
- Social Media and Disasters: Current Uses, Future Options and Policy Considerations (idisaster.wordpress.com)
- GIS Analyst Position at the Congressional Research Service (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
Tags: Congressional Research Service, Crisis Response, Disaster, Emergency Management, Facebook, Liability, National Security, Public Policy and Regulation, Social Media, social network, Twitter, United States
Dr. Lea Shanley is the founder and former co-Chair of the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science, a vibrant community of 200 federal employees from more than 35 agencies. She is also a co-founding member of the Citizen Science Association. Dr. Shanley recently served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at NASA, where she helped to foster a culture of open innovation. Prior to this, she founded and directed the Commons Lab at the Wilson Center, served in the US Senate as a Congressional Science Fellow, and worked with local and tribal communities to develop GIS-based decision support systems for city planning, natural resource management, coastal management, and disaster response through the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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