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This is a match-making section for CHANSE Transformations: Social and cultural dynamics in the digital age.

General Information

  • Project title: Digital Communication in Emergencies (DIGeMERGE)
  • Type: Project looking for partner
  • Organisation: Peace Research Institute Oslo (Oslo)
  • Country: Norway (NO)

Research area

  • Call topics:
    • Cultural Transformations in the Digital Age
    • Digitalisation and Social Transformation
  • Keywords:

    emergency communication; crisis communication; digitalisation; rights; innovation

  • Brief description of your expertise / expertise you are looking for:

    We are looking for computer scientists, social scientists and experts on digitalisation, as well as stakeholders in the same fields. The research for DIGeMERGE will address the social, organisational, legal and philosophical as well as technical aspects of digital communication in emergencies.

  • Brief description of your project / the project you would like to join:

    The proposed project will carry out research on the use of digital 3.0 (many-to-many) communication during public emergencies in the Nordic countries and Poland. Communication tools include COVID-19 tracing apps and other smartphone applications, mass alert notifications via text message, and social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. These tools are used variously as a part of everyday communication to the public, for cautionary public safety advice, and alerts during emergency incidents and pandemics. Digital tools offer advantages in terms of scale, reach and speed, while also presenting new challenges to first responders, the public and emergency planners. Using a grounded, applied approach, the proposed project will review the use of digital communication tools and platforms in the countries under study, and the debates on data protection and privacy that have emerged in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, examining promises and pitfalls of new technology. Our aim is to compare the use of digital tools in five countries: tentatively Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Poland. We aim to investigate the scope and implications of the ‘appification’ and ‘platformization’ of emergency communication, and challenges of integrating user-generated content into the emergency response.

Contact details

Åshild Kolås

  • Organisation: Peace Research Institute Oslo (Oslo)
  • Position: Research professor
  • E-mail: ashild@prio.org

Submitted on 2021-04-21 11:58:21

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