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Project Title:

Public Response to Alerts and Warnings Using Social Media and Associated Privacy Considerations: Current Knowledge and Research Needs: A Workshop
PIN: DEPS-CSTB-10-05        

Major Unit:

Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

Sub Unit: Computer Science & Telecommuncations Board DEPS

RSO: Eisenberg, Jon

Subject/Focus Area: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Computers and Information Technology

Project Scope
An ad hoc committee will oversee development and facilitation of a workshop that convenes experts from across the nation in the fields of alerts and warnings, social media, and privacy.  The workshop would examine the use of and public response to social media for alerts, identifying past and current research and future research needs.  It would also explore potential privacy implications of issuing alerts and warnings via social media.

The workshop will use a mix of individual presentations, panels, breakout discussions, and question-and-answer sessions to develop an understanding of the relevant research communities, research already completed, ongoing research, and future research needs. Key stakeholders would be identified and invited to participate. 

An unedited (verbatim) transcript of the event would be prepared.  A report summarizing what transpired at the workshop would be prepared.

The Project is sponsored by the Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

The approximate start date for the project is June 2011.

Update (07-25-2012): The project duration has been extended. The summary report of the work is expected to be issued in fall 2012.

Project Duration: 12 months    

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Committee Membership

 Meeting 1 - 09/07/2011
 Meeting 2 - 10/27/2011
 Meeting 3 - 12/19/2011
 Meeting 4 - 02/28/2012
 Meeting 5 - 03/30/2012


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Public Response to Alerts and Warnings Using Social Media: Report of a Workshop on Current Knowledge and Research Gaps