Community Event
  US Mountain Time

How Social Media Might Help You Survive the Next Big Disaster

Greer Garson Theater, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe (NOTE:  Change in Venue)

Historically, when a wildfire, earthquake or hurricane strikes, people seek information from authorities. Today, however, with every disaster event, we learn of new and accelerated ways in which people not only seek information beyond official sources, but also how they produce and share it with neighbors, friends and strangers. Through social computing technology like Twitter, Open Street Maps, and other platforms, members of the public—victims, observers, even “citizen-responders”—are innovating ways in which they can participate in disaster response. Leysia Palen will describe these emergent socio-technical phenomena and, through examples from events over the past few years, will discuss the implications for emergency response and society at large.

Palen is an associate professor of computer science and director of Project EPIC (Empowering the Public with Information during Crisis) at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Lectures are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

Sponsored by Los Alamos National Bank

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Community Event
SFI Host: 
Ginger Richardson