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Problematical aspects of the information/ communication revolution for disaster planning and research: ten non‐technical issues and questions

E.L. Quarantelli (Research Professor in the Disaster Research Center, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, USA)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 May 1997

Abstract

An information/communication revolution is being brought about by recent developments and innovations in computer and related technologies. Recognizes that many of the consequences will be very positive for all aspects of social life, but focuses on probable and possible negative effects of the currently accelerating cyberspace revolution. Discusses ten problematical aspects for disaster planning, management and research ranging, for example, from the creation of a new kind of disaster ‐ computer‐related system failures ‐ and the increased difficulties that will be generated for intra‐ and inter‐organizational communication and co‐ordination, to the problems that will come from an inevitable information overload and the diffusion of inappropriate or incorrect disaster relevant “facts” and “ideas”.

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Quarantelli, E.L. (1997), "Problematical aspects of the information/ communication revolution for disaster planning and research: ten non‐technical issues and questions", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 94-106. https://doi.org/10.1108/09653569710164053

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