Andres Monroy-Hernandez, danah boyd, Emre Kıcıman, Munmun De Choudhury, and Scott Counts
23 February 2013
In this paper we examine the information sharing practices of people living in cities amid armed conflict. We describe the volume and frequency of microblogging activity on Twitter from four cities afflicted by the Mexican Drug War, showing how citizens use social media to alert one another and to comment on the violence that plagues their commu-nities. We then investigate the emergence of civic media “curators,” individuals who act as “war correspondents” by aggregating and disseminating information to large num-bers of people on social media. We conclude by outlining the implications of our observations for the design of civic media systems in wartime.
In The 16th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)