Study on “Micro-Participation” of the City – Emergency Management in the Age of Micro-Blogging

Guangliang, Xi and Feng, Zhen (2013) Study on “Micro-Participation” of the City – Emergency Management in the Age of Micro-Blogging. PLANNING TIMES – You better Keep Planning or You get in Deep Water, for the Cities they are A-Changin'. Proceedings of 18th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 851-861. ISSN 2521-3938

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With the rapid development of information technologies, the Internet and mobile terminal facilities, the network information platform has been widely used, and the number of micro-blogging users (such as twitter, Sina micro-blogging,…) is growing rapidly as well. By the end of June 2012, the number of microblogging users had reached 274 million, accounting for 50.9 % of netizen based on the statistical report of Internet development in China. The dissemination of information with micro-blogging is more timely and interative than tranditional Internet platforms. Micro-blogging is playing an increasingly important role in the dissemination and diffusion of urban hot topics.Some local governments and urban planning experts use Micro-blogging to interact with the public and respond to localresidents’ needs. So, how are we to use mircoblogging in dealing with city emergency and help facilitate government management? The rainstormon 21 July 2012 in Beijing caused serious desaster in the whole city, especially on infrastructure. Roads, bridges, water conservation projects as well as some landscape and historical sites were destroyed. Meanwhile, the rainstorm also caused great losses of lives and property, totalling an economic loss of nearly ten billion. Fortunately, different parties such as the government, the media and the pubic were able to use different Intenet platforms to disseminate information related to the rainstorm disaster through interaction and discussion of relief hot topics, that finally led to effcient emergency management in the rainstorm disaster. Taking Sina micro-blogging as an example, this paper researches emergency management process with micro-blogging during the "7.21" rainstorm disaster in Beijing, analyzes the different stages and the main content of the micro-participation, and focuses on the participation method of different subjects, such as the government, media, the public and experts. Meanwhile, this paper puts forward a mechanism for information dispersion and interactive communication, the mechanism of public participation and public opinion guidance. Lastly, some strategies for enhancing the level of urban management are given, and they are, the new paradigm of public participation in urban management, improving system security mechanisms, the real-time public participation and smart city service management system.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: city management
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 02 May 2019 16:30
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 16:30

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