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SXSW Interactive 2014

Hacking Attention: Media, Technology and Crisis

Superstorms, bombings and protests around the globe are challenging the way people use technology to respond to crisis and conflict. Journalists, hackers and local people are collaborating to better cover, communicate and support their communities. Using new technology, people all over the planet can participate in providing aid in various forms.

Come play with new tools and apps being designed to document and fight human rights abuses and help rebuild after natural disasters. Learn how ad-hoc networks of digital first responders are keeping people informed and connected through chaotic and frightening moments of crisis. These new networks are challenging old institutions, but do they lack the longevity to sustain longterm change?

With examples from around the globe, we’ll examine how media coverage and Internet activism shapes our responses to natural disasters and ongoing conflicts.

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  1. How are collaborative uses of media and technology changing disaster and crisis response?
  2. What are the strengthens and weaknesses of a networked approach versus an institutional response to crisis?
  3. How are journalists, hackers and communities collaborating to build more resilient communications networks during conflicts?
  4. How do we verify the flood of information on social media in real time during disasters and breaking news events?
  5. How can creative media making and online organizing help amplify and shape people's responses to human and natural disasters?



Joshua Stearns, Journalism Campaign Director, Free Press

Meta Information:

  • Tags: hacking
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: DIY, Hacker and Maker
  • Level: Intermediate
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