WIRED is dedicating the cover story of their December issue to Facebook’s role in crises. Specifically, they are looking at how Facebook’s Safety Check has evolved and is on the way to becoming central to the upcoming “Facebook Crisis Hub” (see my earlier blog posts on Safety Check here).
I think it’s good that Facebook is thinking about how to provide some kind of structure for crisis response that goes beyond individual Facebook pages. I have argued for years that there is a massive disconnect between the formal disaster response mechanisms and local, spontaneous initiatives that respond to emergencies and use Facebook as their coordination platform. If Facebook can help bridge these two silos – great.
As a matter of fact, if anyone knows someone who is involved in Facebook Crisis Hub, please get in touch. I’d love to be involved in making it more useful.