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Social Media & Governance Symposium Series

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The mission of the Social Media and Governance in Times of Transition Symposium Series is to enable thought leaders and senior decision-makers to identify and address principles and processes associated with social media and governance in times of rapid change, risk, and uncertainty.


Aaron Firoved Akshay Pottathil Ali S Khan Allen Clark Andrew Lapin Ann Norwood
Ashok Agrawala Barb Farr Ben Sheppard Bill Lyerly Bill Sonntag Bob Ross
Brian E Kamoie Brooke Hardison Carolyn Yi Charles Ferguson Charles Leckenby Chris Allen
Chris Vaughan Christopher Howard Christopher Logan Corey Watts Craig Vanderwagen Dan Hanfling
Daniel Homsey Danny Cruz david hastings David Kaufman David Olson
DavidAlberts Diaa Ahmed Don Chen Don Lindberg Douglas E. Rosendale drvroeg
duane.caneva Dushanka V Kleinman Dwight Holland efrost Elias Quinn Eric Kutner
Eric Myers Eric Rassmussen Garrett Johnson Gary Ackerman Gary LaFree George Bressler
Georges Benjamin Giuseppe Gramigna Greg Pearson Greg Wilson James Huskey James Miller
James Tsang JaniceFlanders Jeff Kutner Jeffrey Gaynor Jenna Brooks Jennifer Martinez
Jennifer Olsen Jerry Eisman Jerry Glenn Jimmy Lin Joe Donovan John Kelmelis
John Szymanski Jonathan Frisch Jphl Justin Smith Kathy Gilbeaux Katie Rast
Kelly McKinney Kelsey Gregg Kimo Goree konrad.hayashi Kristin Brown Lance Bunch
Larry Brilliant Laura Williams Laurie Van Leuven Leesha Saunders Liliana Santirso LintonWells
Lisa Curran Loren Chovan Louelin Dwyer Lucas Cioffi LuisKun Luke Beckman
Lydia Vollmann Malinda Braland Mark Koenig Mark Mykleby Martin Alperen mary.kivlighan
mdmcdonald Michael Dunaway Michael Gresalfi Michael Kleeman Michael Pack Mike Kraft
Mike Mattfeldt Nathan Gilliatt Nathaniel Manning Nicole Lurie Noel Dickover Patrick Meier
Ray Shirkhodai Richard A Reed Richard Danzig Richard Deckro Rita Colwell Robert Gold
Roy Follendore Sarah Altemus Sinclair Cornell Stacy Elmer Stephen Moniz Steve Flynn
Steve Phillips Tim O'Reilly Tim Stephens tom.mcginn Travis Mayo Trever Faden
Wayne Moses Burke Xiaoli Nan Yasukatsu Takei Yue Ma Yuqi Chen

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Social media major tool in disaster response

submitted by Janine Rees - Cynthia D. Balana - June 15, 2012

   AP FILE PHOTO, Japan earthquake

HONOLULU—Backed by an array of “citizen journalists,” social media have become critical tools in coping with natural disasters, particularly in disaster-prone countries like the Philippines, according to experts from the United States and Japan.

Pictures and stories about the tsunami that killed over 200,000 people in a dozen Asian countries in 2004, Hurricane “Katrina” in the United States in 2005, Tropical Storm “Ondoy” in the Philippines in 2009, the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 point to a wealth of information supplied by “citizen journalists” in times of calamities.


Video - 2012 Joseph Leiter Lecture - Future Humanitarian Crises: Challenges to Practice, Policy & Public Health

May 9, 2012

The 2012 Joseph Leiter Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Frederick M. Burkle, at 2:00 p.m. on May 9, 2012, in National Library of Medicine's Lister Hill Center Auditorium. The lectureship, which honors former NLM Associate Director for Library Operations, Joseph Leiter, Ph.D., is sponsored jointly by the National Library of Medicine and the Medical Library Association.

Dr. Burkle is senior fellow and scientist, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, Harvard School of Public Health, and former senior scholar and now senior associate faculty and research scientist, the Center for Refugee & Disaster Response, Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutes. He also serves as a senior international public policy scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, Washington, DC (2008-present).

In addition, he serves as adjunct professor, and as a clinical professor of surgery and adjunct professor in tropical medicine, at the University of Hawaii. He is also adjunct professor, Department of Military & Emergency Medicine, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD, and the Department of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, John Cook University, Australia.

Sources and Sites for Searching the Deep Web - Tools and Methods for Capturing Twitter Data During Natural Disasters

submitted by Joyce Fedeczko - April 21, 2012

The May 2012 V10N5 Awareness Watch Newsletter is a freely available 89 page .pdf document (553KB). This month’s featured report is on latest research and the associated report/article that has been placed on line through The title of the report is Sources and Sites for Searching the Deep Web. This comprehensive report comprises hundreds of reliable resources to assist you in identifying the best sources and sites available from the Internet for searching, browsing and discovering the Deep Web! The Awareness Watch Spotters cover many excellent and newly released annotated current awareness research sources and tools as well as the latest identified Internet happenings and resources including a number of neat and must-have tools! The Awareness Watch Article Review covers Tools and Methods for Capturing Twitter Data During Natural Disasters by Axel Bruns, Yuxian Eugene Liang.

Tools and Methods for Capturing Twitter Data During Natural Disasters


Exercise 24: Using Social Media for Crisis Response

submitted by Samuel Bendett - By George H. Bressler, Murray E. Jennex & Eric G. Frost

“Can populations self-organize a crisis response? This is a field report on the first two efforts in a continuing series of exercises termed Exercise 24 or X24. These exercises attempted to demonstrate that self-organizing groups can form and respond to a crisis using low-cost social media and other emerging web technologies.”


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Mexico Quake Tweet Volume and Characteristics

submitted by Samuel Bendett

Sender: crisismappers
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 13:55:14 -0700
To: <crisismappers>
ReplyTo: crisismappers
Subject: [CrisisMappers] Mexico quake tweet volume and characteristics
Some relatively random data points...

We've saw about 10,000 English tweets in the first hour and 23,000 in the second. Third hour is down, will be about half the rate of the second hour if sustained.

Recurring themes include words like rattle, suffer, long slow roller, hard, saddened, worried, awful, hate, bad.

I'm seeing a fair bit of "help us report" tweets, which is coming from a tweet that said "earthquake preparedness helps us report none to minor damage and no victims so far," from Mexico City.

English-language tweets from Mexico are making up 8 percent of the total. 55 percent are from the U.S.

Spanish tweets - 488 in the first hour, 1,400 in the second and current rate will product about 1,000 in the third hour.

Most common words in the Spanish tweets are disfrutar and malo.

Spanish tweets are coming almost 50/50 from Mexico and the U.S.

Almost 75 percent of the Spanish tweets were from men, v. a close to 50/50 split for English.

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Kony2012: The Rise of Online Campaigning

A social media campaign to shine a light on Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony has attracted ire of its own after critics attacked its methods. Is using Facebook and Twitter to promote change pointless, or the natural extension of our social media habit?

by Kate Dailey - BBC News - March 9, 2012

On Monday, the California-based nonprofit Invisible Children released an online 30-minute documentary about Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord Resistance Army (LRA). "We want to make him famous," they said. "Not to glorify him, but so that his crimes would not go unnoticed."

It worked.


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Study Finds Majority of Americans Unprepared for Disasters

submitted by Mike Kraft

Homeland Security News Wire - February 29, 2012

According to the latest survey by the Persuadable Research Corporation, half of the poll’s respondents believe they are unprepared for a disaster.

When asked in further detail why not, 38 percent said preparing for a disaster never crossed their mind, while 48 percent said they lacked the money to prepare and 15 percent said they did not have time. Furthermore 20 percent of those surveyed, said they intended to “just wing it” during a disaster.

On the opposite front, of the minority who are prepared, 82 percent said they had a previous brush with a disaster and are now ready to act in the event of another. In addition, 27 percent of those who were prepared for a disaster said they did it because they needed to care for other family members like children or elderly parents.

Meanwhile respondents were uncertain on whether the government would be able to provide assistance in the event of an emergency. Twenty-eight percent were uncertain about the government’s response, while 30 percent were convinced the government was incapable.

The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis - February 15, 2012

Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor Fred Guterl about the technological "Entanglement" and the attempts to build the other, hardier Internet. Web sites related to this episode include and The Shadow Web


Video - Crisis Management 3.0: Social Media and Governance in Times of Transition


The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has now posted the video from the conference "Crisis Management 3.0: Social Media and Governance in Times of Transition", which was held on February 16, 2012.

The video can be found through the link below.  (Also, the event photographs and Powerpoint presentations are available through links near the bottom of the page.)

(Some viewers might need to download the JW Player in order to view the video - see the link below)

Co-hosts: Global Health Initiative, Inc. and National Defense University

Anticipating The Perfect Storm of Impossible Events

submitted by Jonathan King

By: Rich Miller - - February 20, 2012

Jesse Robbins is a trained fireman. He also has managed some of the world’s largest Internet infrastructures. Robbins says the lessons of fire readiness can be applied to building reliable systems.

“You cannot learn the lessons of failure without experiencing it,” said Robbins, the co-founder and Chief Community Office at Opscode. “That’s why we do fire drills.”



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