Monday, March 28, 2011

collective action to neutralize rumors

"The Skype chat was abuzz with people sharing and validating information in near real-time. When someone got wind of a rumor, they’d simply jump on Skype and ask if anyone could verify. This method proved incredibly effective. Why? Because members of this Skype group constituted a relevant, trusted and geographically distributed network."

Another use for ICA; rumor neutralizing!  We already have a more slow-paced, web-based rumor control center, snopes.  But I could see the need and use for rumor control, such as the nuclear leak going on in Japan.  People geographically, educationally, and otherwise useful could link up to challenge any rumors that could be harmful.

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