Social Media’s Role in Disaster Preparedness & Crisis Management

Building resilience in the face of an extreme crisis

It is human to feel a whole range of emotions, from fear and worry to loneliness and sadness, during this trying time of unprecedented change and uncertainty.

Remote working, social distancing, self-isolation, and an over-arching uncertainty about the future, are affecting all of us in different ways. Legal practitioners, with their particular professional pressures and community standing, are likely to be experiencing both good and bad days – moments of clarity and moments when it all feels too much.

In moments of clarity, one might notice the beauty of the mundane or be reminded of how deeply we appreciate both our loved ones and support network…


Social Media’s Role in Disaster Preparedness & Crisis Management

Many would argue that continuous, in-depth analysis of social media content infringes on civil liberties and is invasive to the privacy of individuals,

here were over 4.5 billion active internet users around the world as of January 2020—roughly 60 percent of the global population. In an average month, over 3 billion are active on social media platforms. This scale means individuals can disseminate an unprecedented amount of information more efficiently than ever. On Facebook alone, more than 300 million photos are uploaded each day—while every 60 seconds, approximately 510,000 comments and 293,000 status updates are posted. On Twitter, an average of 350,000 tweets are sent per minute—equivalent to 500 million each day, or 200 billion per year.

The decentralization of the ability to disseminate information at scale poses a challenge in the event of national and global security threats and incidents like terrorism, instability in post-conflict states, natural disasters, and public health crises, such as the pandemic we are currently experiencing….


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