Run amok: Group crowd participation in identifying the bomb and bomber from the Boston marathon bombing

Andrea H. Tapia, Nicolas LaLone, Hyun Woo Kim

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Abstract

In this paper we tell a version of the story of the bombing of the Boston Marathon. At first, two online groups gathered images, video and textual information concerning the bombing of the Boston Marathon and shared these with the FBI and amongst themselves. Secondly, these groups then created mechanisms to conduct their own investigation into the identities of the perpetrators. Finally, the larger national media followed the results of these online group investigations and reported these as fact to a national audience. We choose Twitter as our data repository and conducted quantitative analyses of tweets sent during the Boston Bombing. The implications for not incorporating public crowd participation within the standard operating procedures of emergency services may result in either a loss of public confidence in the slow-moving nature of official response to uncontrollable, dangerous and irresponsible public and media participation that exacerbates the negative effects of any disaster.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2014 Conference Proceedings - 11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
PublisherThe Pennsylvania State University
Pages265-274
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780692211946
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2014 - University Park, PA, United States
Duration: May 1 2014May 1 2014

Publication series

NameISCRAM 2014 Conference Proceedings - 11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management

Other

Other11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM 2014
CountryUnited States
CityUniversity Park, PA
Period5/1/145/1/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Information Systems

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    Tapia, A. H., LaLone, N., & Kim, H. W. (2014). Run amok: Group crowd participation in identifying the bomb and bomber from the Boston marathon bombing. In ISCRAM 2014 Conference Proceedings - 11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management (pp. 265-274). (ISCRAM 2014 Conference Proceedings - 11th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management). The Pennsylvania State University.