Information sharing by a participating group presence: Evidence from the London riots

Emma Tonkin, Heather Pfeiffer

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    Abstract

    The recent riots in London and other cities in England have inspired a great deal of interest in the role of social media in incitement, organisation and analysis of events. Initial reactions to the events saw many commentators laying blame upon social networks such as Twitter, suggesting that the use of such networks are not only causative factors in social unrest, but that their absence would materially reduce the likelihood of ongoing unrest. This short paper takes a look at approximately half a million tweets tagged with the #londonriots and #riotcleanup hashtags, exploring the creation and uptake of hashtags and the campaigns, if any, that they represent.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Oct 2011
    EventASIS&T SIG-KM Workshop 2011 - New Orleans, USA United States
    Duration: 9 Oct 201112 Oct 2011

    Conference

    ConferenceASIS&T SIG-KM Workshop 2011
    Country/TerritoryUSA United States
    CityNew Orleans
    Period9/10/1112/10/11

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