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Monday, March 14 • 9:30am - 10:30am
Tweets from September 11

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2011 will mark the 10th anniversary of the events of September 11, 2001. Since that day, the world has changed in significant ways socially, politically and technologically. Consider recent natural and man-made disasters - earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Iceland's volcanic ash cloud - as well as politically divisive events in Iran, Tunisia, Egypt. Facts, opinions and speculation for each new event spread faster than the last, through online social networks. More and more people are getting news of current events from sources like Twitter, and network and cable news outlets are sourcing material from tweets and Facebook updates. This panel will explore the emerging and historic role of social networks in disseminating news and information during disasters and other significant events. It will also attempt to assess how differently historical events such as 9/11 would have been reported if Twitter and Facebook had been introduced to the world ten years earlier. With smartphones and handheld video cameras in the hands of thousands of people on the scene, would conspiracy theories and unanswered questions still swirl around Ground Zero? Would the events have changed at all, or their aftermath be different? In the context of these and other questions, we will speculate on how future disasters will be reported.

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Mark Belinsky

Co-Founder & PresDigital DemocracyMark Belinsky is an entrepreneur and technologist who has developed projects at the intersection of media, tech and data in over 26 countries. In Armenia, Mark co-founded and is a board member at Bem, a youth action center that serves as a platform... Read More →

Schuyler Erle

TroublemakerSimpleGeo Inc
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Charles Mangin

PrincipalOption8 LLCCharles Mangin is not a social media consultant. Charles earned a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the NC State College of Design in 1998. Since then, his design background has continued to inform his work as a Web developer. In previous positions at design... Read More →



Monday March 14, 2011 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Hyatt, TX Ballroom 5-7

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