How Social Media Has Changed Our Response to Disaster

Alessia Andreotti
July 4th 2013

From the earthquake in Haiti to Hurricane Sandy to the Boston Marathon bombings, Facebook, Twitter and other social media were used to spread information and help citizens and authorities deal with the emergency.

“The convergence of social networks and mobile has thrown the old response playbook out the window” says Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association. With the benefits of using social media during crisis, there are also potential risks. For this reason it becomes necessary to reconsider and review the intervention strategy in case of disasters. Even if it’s very difficult to predict what will be the next outlet in the event of emergencies, is this the beginning of a new era? Or will the good old radio still play a role?

Find out more at Scientific American

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