When Information Becomes Action: Social and Political Drivers of Individuals’ Trust in Broadcast Versus Peer-to-Peer Information During Disaster Response

Disasters, Forthcoming

36 Pages Posted: 22 May 2018 Last revised: 17 Oct 2018

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Charles Martin-Shields

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (DIE); ISDC - International Security and Development Center

Date Written: May 9, 2018

Abstract

Information communication technologies (ICTs), primarily mobile phones and social media, are an increasingly important for disaster and crisis response in developing countries. This raises an important question: in an information environment that includes traditional media such as TV and radio, who are the people that trust the information from ICTs enough to act on it during disasters? Using a case study and original survey data from the island state of Independent Samoa this article provides insight about who uses new technologies, particularly mobile phones, to make decisions at the local level during crises such as natural disasters, and the socio-political factors that motivate their behavior. The results add to the growing knowledge of using ICTs and new technologies in developing countries for disaster response, and provide practical insight about the social and political factors that lead people to trust different information mediums and sources.

Keywords: ICT, Disaster Response, Mobile Phones, Samoa

JEL Classification: R58, O35, O56

Suggested Citation

Martin-Shields, Charles, When Information Becomes Action: Social and Political Drivers of Individuals’ Trust in Broadcast Versus Peer-to-Peer Information During Disaster Response (May 9, 2018). Disasters, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3175809 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3175809

Charles Martin-Shields (Contact Author)

Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) - German Development Institute (DIE) ( email )

Tulpenfeld 6
Bonn, 53113
Germany

ISDC - International Security and Development Center

Friedrichstr. 88
Berlin, 10117
Germany

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