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Social media surrounding the Ottawa shootings

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Queen’s University communication expert Vincent Mosco is available to comment on the social media surrounding the Ottawa shootings and how social media can help or hinder security.

"Most people now learn about shootings like this on social media. Typically, the information contains many inaccuracies,” says Dr. Mosco. “However, in this case, because the shootings took place in an area where trained journalists concentrate, much of the information has been unusually accurate and timely."

Dr. Mosco is formerly Canada Research Chair in Communication and Society and is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Queen’s.

“Social media cuts both ways on security. Yes, it informs the attackers but it also informs innocent people in the area who need to know where it is dangerous and where they might find help.”

Please note that Dr. Mosco is currently based in Ottawa.

Queen's University terrorism Christian Leuprecht is also available for comment on the situation in Ottawa. Please note Dr. Leuprecht is also currently in Ottawa.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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