Student researcher

Melanie Baker-Jones
Dr Melanie Baker-Jones Research Leader

Emergency management agencies and government authorities increasingly use social media to warn the public of emergencies. The aim of this thesis is to provide clarification where there is uncertainty about liability, and to address concerns as to how the law will be applied. It does this by examining the responsibility of those entities to warn. It considers whether they are likely to be held legally accountable for their acts or omissions when using social media. The thesis also seeks to provide good practice principles for the use of emerging communication technologies.

This project was completed in September 2017.

Social Media: the Difference Between Public Expectation and the Ability to Blame at Law when Expectations are not Met?
18 Aug 2015
There are high public expectations for warning and risk communication during emergencies, they include the...
Melanie Baker-Jones Conference Poster 2016
12 Aug 2016
Emergency service agencies question whether legal implications can arise when using social media as a channel...