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Management of information‐credibility risk in an ICT society: A social implementation

Yayoi Hirose (National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan)
Noboru Sonehara (National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, Japan)

Internet Research

ISSN: 1066-2243

Article publication date: 4 April 2008




The purpose of this paper is to propose a new direction for managing information‐credibility risk in the current information and communications technology (ICT) era, where ICT has had both positive and negative effects on contemporary society.


The paper takes a practical and inductive approach to study the Kyoto avian influenza panic and countermeasures taken in 2004.


The paper identifies factors which led to enormous damage through harmful rumors and proposes new perspectives for devising countermeasures, such as increasing consumer confidence in an agency as a source of information and effective management of knowledge transfer from experts to non‐experts.

Practical implications

The study gains a better understanding of both technological and social factors that enable or detract from effective nationwide management of information‐credibility risk. Many related ICT projects have been based on either human resource systems or advanced technology. It considers the integration of both factors from three perspectives.


This is a new perspective for examining the transfer of knowledge from experts to consumers in terms of practical solutions, in contrast to the many existing knowledge‐related articles that have mainly focused on knowledge management among experts.



Hirose, Y. and Sonehara, N. (2008), "Management of information‐credibility risk in an ICT society: A social implementation", Internet Research, Vol. 18 No. 2, pp. 142-154.



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