Edward Hopkins, Maryland State Emergency Management Agency

What technologies are in development for alert dissemination and situational awareness via social media?
Emre Gunduzhan, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

Timothy Sellnow, University of Kentucky, moderator
10:30 Dynamics of Social Media
  The social aspect of these tools makes them especially attractive because of the ability to leverage the trust people place in their connections. Information about an event that is provided by neighbors, colleagues, friends, or family is often viewed as more credible than a mass alert or a news report. Social media may also provide a useful complement to other tools by providing a way to rapidly disseminate time-sensitive information that may be important to an affected community but not rise to the level of an official alert or warning. How connections form, how information is disseminated, and why users volunteer their time and knowledge to solve problems have been examined by researchers in human-computer interaction, psychology, and computer science. The panel will explore what motivates people to participate in knowledge sharing, what drives self-organizing, and what mechanisms exist for self-correction of information.

Influence mechanisms in social media
Duncan Watts, Yahoo! Research

Incentivizing participation in time-critical situations
Manuel Cebrian, University of California, San Diego

How the Standby Task Force harnesses the power of the crowd
Melissa Elliott, Standby Task Force

Jon Kleinberg, Cornell University, moderator
Noon Lunch

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