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 communities. We then investigate the emergence of civic media "curators," individuals who act as "war correspondents" by aggregating and disseminating information to large numbers of people on social media. We conclude by outlining the implications of our observations for the design of civic media systems in wartime.
- Pub Date:
- July 2015
- Computer Science - Computers and Society;
- Computer Science - Human-Computer Interaction;
- Computer Science - Social and Information Networks
- In Proceedings of the 2013 conference on Computer supported cooperative work (CSCW 2013). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1443-1452