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Social media use during disaster events: The evolving role of the connected crowd in response and resilience

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Around the world, crises are being talked about in new ways thanks to advances in technology. Thousands and even millions of people turn to social media to seek and share information. This has spawned a new form of volunteerism—digital volunteerism—bringing people together in online spaces to offer help, both to those affected and to emergency responders.

Kate Starbird presents foundational research in digital volunteerism, and discusses recent studies examining how members of affected communities, including emergency responders and local volunteers, come together with remote volunteers to participate in "emergent crowdwork" after disasters.

When:   Tues. October 27, 2015; 7:30 p.m.
Where:   Kane Hall, Room 120 
4069 Spokane Lane
Seattle, WA 98105 
Cost:   Free, but advance registration is required.

Natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and hurricanes threaten lives and livelihoods across the globe. Presented by the UW Graduate School, UW Alumni Association and the UW College of the Environment, Surviving Disaster: Natural Hazards and Resilient Communities explores the latest developments in social and natural science helping us prepare for, respond to and survive environmental disasters, wherever they strike. See all lectures.

For more information, contact the UW Alumni Association at 206-543-0540 or uwalumni@uw.edu.

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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