In Social Media and Preparations For the 2009-H1N1 Influenza Epidemic I discussed how a recent high-level policy document issued by the Obama Administration incorporates explicit recommendations for using social media and social networking techniques to communicate with the public about epidemic related topics.
The Executive Office of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology’s U.S. Preparations For the 2009-H1N1 Influenza is a long and sobering document. Dated August 7, 2009, the report discusses a long list of critical issues and recommendations that need to be addressed now.
I recently received an email request asking for help from a state emergency management professional who’s interested in Web 2.0. I didn’t discourage him from using the term “Web 2.0” since I thought that would just confuse him; heck, just today I found out that “Web 3.0” has already been replaced by “Web Squared” by people who should know better …
If you have recently written a check to pay college tuition for the coming semester, you will be interested to know that, if Congress has its way, part of the money you spend on your child’s college education will now be going to subsidize college-based copyright enforcement and anti-piracy efforts.
I received an email commenting on Social Networking and Elsevier’s “Grand Challenge” for Knowledge Enhancement in the Life Sciences. I had suggested that networked access to published health science authors would be useful in emergency situations where there is the need for rapid access to high quality health information from many different sources.
I thought I had heard just about everything to know about the famous 1938 radio broadcast of War of the Worlds by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater, but the March 25 episode of Radio Lab convinced me otherwise.
Mark Cuban’s Blogging and Newspapers, a Lesson in How Not to Brand and Market is deliberately provocative. It discusses the difference between “real journalists” and “bloggers.” I especially like his quote,
Dave Fleet makes some level-headed comments on emergency use of social media in How Do You Define ‘Media’ In A Crisis? He discusses what the relationship should be between traditional media and social media in a crisis or disaster situation.
Nathan Eagle’s The Mobile Web is NOT helping the Developing World… and what we can do about it provides food for thought for those who believe that web access in developing countries — generally thought to be a good thing — will happen automatically.
I recently interviewed UCLA graduate student Sara Cohen (see picture) about an important project she has initiated: establishing an official system whereby UCLA will use a special pre-established MySpace page in the event of an emergency to communicate with students, faculty, community, and parents.
People use the tools available to them when a crisis hits. Increasingly these tools include blogs, text messaging, and social networking systems such as Facebook. The use of such communication tools in disaster and emergency situations is evidence of an obvious fact: the people most involved in an emergency are going to communicate about it. The question is, how can those in an official capacity take advantage of these communication channels?
The Center for Homeland Defense and Security of the Naval Postgraduate School has published a video podcast of an interview with Dr. Jim Breckenridge titled The Psychological Effects of Media Exposure in the Case of a National Tragedy. Breckenridge is a Director of CIPERT, the nonprofit Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism.
It's unusual for me to be interviewed. I usually do interviews in connection with my own research or my own client work. Over the past month, however, I've been interviewed five different times by five different people:
I’ve been reading documents from a page of links relevant to emergency planning for schools that is maintained by the Texas A&M University’s Integrative Center for Homeland Security. According to the Center’s blog, the list was started in response to the Virginia Tech shooting.
I’m looking for information on the implications of using social media and social networking systems as part of the “mix” of communication tools that are relevant in an emergency.