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 SXSW Panel, March 17th, 2009 Alex de Carvalho @alexdc alexdc.org StartPR.com Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • 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
  • The challenge: Tracking Organizing The random stuff Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • Every Cell Phone Is A Media Outlet http://mobileactive.org/mobile-voice-use-mobile-phones-citizen-media Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • Mexico Earthquake April 12th, 2007 andresb my whole apartment creaked and bent a little half a minute ago from twitterric andresb The strongest tremor Ive felt since Im 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, paranoideo.com is reporting live (:P) earcos Very strong earthquake in Mexico City, VivirMexico.com 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 Im on a 7th oor I still feel sick rogeriogal Earthquake in Cuernavaca, just passed. Im still dizzy. trisignia wow, earthquake in Mexico Citymy rst ever helmi Mexico earthquake now on german news tv robblatt Earthquake still not on cnn.com (at approx. 11:10 p.m. Pacic) Robert Scoble http://scobleizer.com/2007/04/12/mexico-city-earthquake-reported-on-twitter-rst/ Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • How did I nd 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
  • 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 http://scobleizer.com/2008/05/12/quake-in-china/ Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • Curtis Williams http://twitter.com/lenier/statuses/376713132 Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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  • Most mainstream media are just broadcasting ... Photo by juliebee http://www.ickr.com/photos/69148125@N00/326386880/ Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • ... rather than listening and tracking reports from the ground (from users of twitter, ickr, etc.) Photo by Paulo Alegria http://www.ickr.com/photos/49457106@N00/280789933/ Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • We need new ways to identify news as it breaks http://startpr.com Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • Mumbai Attacks http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=18.922445,72.832242&spn=0.007054,0.007864&z=17&msid=105055855763538009401.00045c9d8b16af3ad1008 Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/26_November_2008_Mumbai_attacks Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • http://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=Mumbai+attacks&aq=f Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • http://www.ickr.com/search/?q=mumbai%20attacks&w=all Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • California Fires http://www.ickr.com/search/?q=california%20wildre&w=7550402%40N02 Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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  • http://twitter.com/jamesbuck/statuses/786571964 Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • http://twitter.com/jamesbuck/status/853029967 Wednesday, March 18, 2009
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  • 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... http://instantamber.com/news/breaking-news-erroneous-amber-alert-spread-via-twitter/ Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • 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
  • (1) Real-time search + freshness (2) Stitching social commentary to authoritative sources of information -Vik Singh http://tweetnews.appspot.com/fresh?q=earthquake Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • Building a news organization from scratch on Twitter: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • The challenge: Tracking Organizing The random stuff Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • 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
  • 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. http://instedd.org/ Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • http://instedd.org/ Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • http://gustav08.ning.com/ Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • http://www.hurricanewiki.org/wiki/Main_Page Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • The challenge: Tracking Organizing The random stuff Wednesday, March 18, 2009
  • We can do a lot to prepare in advance, by learning to