2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Keeping People Safe: Open Data and Social Media

Monday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 1-2
110 E 2nd St


Information technology continues to advance at a breakneck pace. Because of this, the public has access to more, different sources of information that ever before. And each member of the public can now be a broadcaster in their own right. Moreover, the dawn of social media and the vast oceans of open data available with only a few clicks has created a situation where the public demand for information far exceeds the ability of most government agencies to provide it.

It is time for a national conversation about emergency public information and how to effectively inform when the current trust in government is low. How can social science and technology intersect in emergency management?

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Francisco Sanchez at SXSW

Francisco Sanchez

Liaison to the Dir & PIO

Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Sanchez is an advocate of integrating emergency public information and Joint Information Center concepts. He has been a featured speaker on these topics at the National Hurricane Conference, Nation...

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