HEROIC project member Emma Spiro will present the paper “Rumoring During Extreme Events: A Case Study of Deepwater Horizon 2010.” This work investigates informal online communication during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Results demonstrate that official sources of news are positively associated with online conversation, contrary to theories proposed by rumor scholars. The Web Science 2012 Conference will be held on June 22-24, 2012 in Evanston, Illinois. The article will be available the conference proceedings, forthcoming.
Spiro also received a ACM SIGWEB student travel award to attend the conference.