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Research in Focus: Social Media in Times of Crisis

Speaker  Leysia Palen and Andrés Monroy-Hernández

Affiliation  University of Colorado, Boulder; Microsoft Research

Duration  00:20:35

Date recorded  15 July 2013

Beyond keeping friends and family in touch or spreading the latest memes, social media has the ability to provide life-saving information during disasters and other crises. Leysia Palen of the University of Colorado, Boulder, discusses how online volunteer groups help curate information during disasters. Andrés Monroy-Hernández of Microsoft Research describes how citizens are usingTwitter to help them avoid the dangers of drug-related violence in Mexico. This Research in Focus session was streamed live during the 2013 Microsoft Research Faculty Summit.

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