Protecting the protectors : legal liabilities from the use of Web 2.0 for Australian disaster response

Low, Rouhshi, Burdon, Mark, Christensen, Sharon A., Duncan, William D., Barnes, Paul H., & Foo, Ernest (2010) Protecting the protectors : legal liabilities from the use of Web 2.0 for Australian disaster response. In Michael, Katina (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society : Social Implications of Emerging Technologies, ISTAS 2010 Program Committee, University of Wollongong, New South Wales, pp. 411-418.

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The traditional model for information dissemination in disaster response is unidirectional from official channels to the public. However recent crises in the US, such as Hurricane Katrina and the Californian Bushfires show that civilians are now turning to Web 2.0 technologies as a means of sharing disaster related information. These technologies present enormous potential benefits to disaster response authorities that cannot be overlooked. In Australia, the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission has recently recommended that Australian disaster response authorities utilize information technologies to improve the dissemination of disaster related, bushfire information. However, whilst the use of these technologies has many positive attributes, potential legal liabilities for disaster response authorities arise. This paper identifies some potential legal liabilities arising from the use of Web 2.0 technologies in disaster response situations thereby enhancing crisis related information sharing by highlighting legal concerns that need to be addressed.

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ID Code: 32576
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Web 2.0, Emergency management, Disaster response, Legal liabilities, Australia
ISBN: 9781424477760 ; 9781424477753 [CDROM]
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > OTHER INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (089900) > Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified (089999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
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