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New Opportunities and Challenges for Participation in Crisis and Disaster Relief (2005)

Central and Eastern European Legal Studies, 1/2015

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INTRODUCTION: Crises and disasters are constantly covered and accompanied by today’s media. While traditional media have a long history in covering disasters and crises, recent examples of natural as well as manmade disasters show that social media provide useful, effective, additional and complementary information and can help improve situational awareness. Social media interact with traditional media in various ways – sparking off initial coverage, providing different and sometimes unfiltered angles, or amplifying information. Together they produce a wide spectrum of data about an event. As helpful as all of this information may be, it usually comes in various formats from multiple media sources, in different languages and levels of reliability, and is generally unstructured and inhomogeneous. 

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