EDay 2012: social media in escalations and crises

What role do social media play in times of social unrest, escalation after disasters and invisible social undercurrents? Scientist Farida Vis has been deeply introduced and shares her insights on Emerce eDay. Fish, from the English university of Sheffield, investigated millions of tweets after large-scale English social unrest

What role do social media play in times of social unrest, escalation after disasters and invisible social undercurrents? Scientist Farida Vis has been deeply introduced and shares her insights on Emerce eDay.

Fish, from the English university of Sheffield, investigated millions of tweets after large-scale English social unrest. Who is burning the unrest online? Who has the greatest influence? What role do fake accounts and satirical accounts play on Twitter and Facebook? She published on the data log of the English quality newspaper The Guardian.

On Emerce eDay, Vis tells us which new images can provide the analysis of big data. The riots in Reading are a small blueprint of how societies can respond to unexpected developments on a massive scale in the future.

It is certain that private communication systems like BlackBerry Messaging and WhatsApp oil are on fire in troubled situations. Cheap, fast, widespread and - above all - elusive.

Why is the police, unlike politicians, against the elimination of social media channels?

*) Vis is one of the speakers at Emerce eDay on Thursday 25 October at the Van Nelle Factory in Rotterdam.