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

By Rouhshi Low, Mark Burdon, Sharon A. Christensen, William D. Duncan, Paul H. Barnes and Ernest Foo

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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

Topics: 089999 Information and Computing Sciences not elsewhere classified, 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified, Web 2.0, Emergency management, Disaster response, Legal liabilities, Australia
Publisher: ISTAS 2010 Program Committee
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1109/istas.2010.5514614
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:32576

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