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The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare

Andres Monroy-Hernandez, danah boyd, Emre Kıcıman, Munmun De Choudhury, and Scott Counts

Abstract

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.

Details

Publication typeInproceedings
Published inThe 16th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW)
PublisherACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work

Previous versions

Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Emre Kıcıman, danah boyd, and Scott Counts. "Narcotweets": Social Media in Wartime, American Association for Artificial Intelligence , 4 June 2012.

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