Digital Tsunami: Breaking News at Breakneck Speeds


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The news about the earthquakes in China broke on Twitter. How is the modern media landscape affecting humanitarian crisis?

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Digital Tsunami: Breaking News at Breakneck Speeds

  1. Digital Tsunami: Breaking News at Breakneck Speeds SXSW Panel, March 17th, 2009 Alex de Carvalho @alexdc Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  2. “People need information as much as water, food, medicine or shelter. Information can save lives, livelihoods and resources. Information bestows power.” - Markku Niskala Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  3. The challenge: Tracking Organizing The random stuff Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  4. Every Cell Phone Is A Media Outlet Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  5. Mexico Earthquake April 12th, 2007 andresb my whole apartment creaked and bent a little half a minute ago from twitterrific andresb The strongest tremor I’ve felt since I’m here BioXD Acaba de temblar :S….estuvo muy fuerte andresb woooooow, earthquake in Mexico City CyberMJ75 Damn! Just experienced an earthquake. That sucker lasted some minutes. paranoideo Very strong earthquake in Mexico City, is reporting live (:P) earcos Very strong earthquake in Mexico City, is reporting live (in spanish, sorry) Satrina Earthquake in Mexico City, was long and a little bit strong dotmotion That was a hell of an earthquake.. and I’m on a 7th floor… I still feel sick rogeriogal Earthquake in Cuernavaca, just passed. I’m still dizzy. trisignia wow, earthquake in Mexico City…my first ever helmi Mexico earthquake now on german news tv robblatt Earthquake still not on (at approx. 11:10 p.m. Pacific) Robert Scoble Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  6. How did I find out about the Mexico City Earthquake? On Twitter. As soon as people started reporting it on Twitter, I looked at the USGS maps. The Twitterers beat the USGS by several minutes. -Robert Scoble Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  7. China Earthquake May 12th, 2008 “I reported the major quake to my followers on Twitter before the USGS Website had a report up and about an hour before CNN or major press started talking about it. How did I do that? Well, I was watching Twitter on Google Talk. Several people in China reported to me they felt the quake WHILE IT WAS GOING ON!!!” -Robert Scoble Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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  10. Most mainstream media are just broadcasting ... Photo by juliebee Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  11. ... rather than listening and tracking reports from the ground (from users of twitter, flickr, etc.) Photo by Paulo Alegria ✤ Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  12. We need new ways to identify news as it breaks Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  13. Mumbai Attacks,72.832242&spn=0.007054,0.007864&z=17&msid=105055855763538009401.00045c9d8b16af3ad1008 Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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  24. However ... Erroneous Amber Alert Spread Via Twitter February 17, 2009 “AMBER ALERT A 7 yr old girl was taken by a man driving a newer silver truck. The license plate reads 72b381 please please pass on.” Utah authorities claimed the reports to be a false instance of an Amber Alert and issued a statement. However, Twitter users continued to report the missing girl, going so far as to tie up the lines of police stations across the country with tips on the supposed abductor... Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  25. An attempt to provide context “Twitter messages were providing incredible focus on the important subtopics that had yet to become popular in the traditional media… what I found most interesting… was that news articles did exist on these topics, but just weren't valued highly enough yet r not focusing on the right stories (as the majority of tweets were).” -Vik Singh Architect, Yahoo! BOSS diy search engine Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  26. (1) Real-time search + freshness (2) Stitching social commentary to authoritative sources of information -Vik Singh Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  27. Building a news organization from scratch on Twitter: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  28. The challenge: Tracking Organizing The random stuff Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  29. Social media allows not only for the reporting of hyper-local breaking news, but also for distributing helpful information after the fact and particularly for organizing collective action to help deal with crises. Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  30. Instedd quot;It's a familiar scene. Following the onset of a major disease outbreak or natural disaster, government agencies, non- governmental organizations and the local community must join forces and act quickly to alleviate suffering. You, your colleagues and groups that don't normally work together now need to communicate, assemble teams, share information, make plans and coordinate a response.” Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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  34. The challenge: Tracking Organizing The random stuff Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  35. We can do a lot to prepare in advance, by learning to ✤ better identify breaking news (and providing tools and training to people) and by planning effective methods for crisis response using social media. We can also work to minimize the impacts of the most ✤ random types of breaking crises and their consequences. Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  36. “Oh, during the quake we didn’t lose power, didn’t lose cell phones, and didn’t lose access to Twitter. During a really big quake there will be lots of infrastructure down, but SOMEONE will be able to get messages out and that’ll really be interesting to watch how information gets shared if, say, all of San Francisco isn’t able to communicate with the Internet.” -Robert Scoble Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  37. Digital Tsunami: Breaking News at Breakneck Speeds SXSW Panel, March 17th, 2009 Alex de Carvalho @alexdc Wednesday, March 18, 2009