Communicating Risk in the Digital Age

Societal Security program SAMRISK II funds 4-year project


2 December 2013

​​​How does the digitalization of communication impact the way we understand, communicate and act upon risk?  How will the integration of digital technologies into our everyday life transform risk communication? Will risk management be enhanced or challenged by new public awareness of risk emerging through new technologies of communication? A team based in the Security Research Group will explore these questions through DIGICOM, a project newly funded by the Research Council of Norway's Societal Security program.  

Communicating Risk in the Digital Age (DIGICOM), led by J. Peter Burgess, will involve PRIO researchers Rocco Bellanova, Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, Elida Jacobsen, Mareile Kaufmann, and Kristoffer Lidén and mobilise six partners from Norway, Europe and North America (Universitetet i Oslo, NTNU, The Engine Room, University of Montreal, University of Westminster and Vrije Universiteit Brussel).

DIGICOM will focus on the promises and pitfalls of this digitalisation of risk communication. It analyses new actors in risk communication and explores how new technologies for communicating risks impacts the understanding of risk itself. The project formulates conclusions as to how risk communication can and should be best carried out in the Digital Age.

The RCN SAMRISK programme funds projects that increase the knowledge about the prevention of unwanted events and the strengthening of crises management, whilst respecting basic human rights and privacy. The new SAMRISK II programme on societal security aims to generate new knowledge and a deeper understanding of the risk and threats facing critical societal functions and the capacity within society to maintain and safeguard the life, health and basic needs of its citizens during disruptive events.