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Collective Intelligence in Crises

Monika Büscher and Michael Liegl (Lancaster University)

Vanessa Thomas (Highwire)




Social collective intelligence surfaces with particular innovative vigour in crisis situations. It enable new practices of public engagement in formal emergency response, but the scale and speed of innovation at this juncture has outpaced the development of ethically, legally and socially ‘virtuous’ practices and technologies. We discuss positive and negative frictions and avenues for socio-technical innovation that bridge between connected communities in crises and professional responders.


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Social Collective Intelligence: Combining the Powers of Humans and Machines (Springer) ISBN 978-3-319-08681-1
Miorandi, D., Maltese, V., Rovatsos, M., Nijholt, A., Stewart, J. (Eds.) January 2015, pp. 243-265.




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