Responding to riverbank erosion in Bangladesh

Maruf Zaber, Bonnie Nardi, Jay Chen

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine riverbank erosion in Bangladesh, a crisis that affects millions of people, but has largely been overlooked in the ICT4D and crisis informatics literature. Through a two-month field study in four districts of Bangladesh, we explored how people managed the impacts of erosion. Our study reveals that riverbank erosion resulted in material loss, forced migration, and social displacement. Victims faced many challenges but received little institutional support. We combined the ethnographic field study with an online social media study to present a holistic picture of the activities of crisis response. In the field sites, we observed that ICT use was limited to phone calls because the internet was inaccessible. However, our analysis of online social media activity in two nearby regions revealed strong Facebook activism. Activists used Facebook to raise public awareness about riverbank erosion and push for political change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450358163
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 20 2018
Event1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018 - Menlo Park and San Jose, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2018Jun 22 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018

Other

Other1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018
CountryUnited States
CityMenlo Park and San Jose
Period6/20/186/22/18

Keywords

  • Bangladesh
  • Crisis
  • Crisis informatics
  • Ethnography
  • Riverbank erosion
  • Social media

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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    Zaber, M., Nardi, B., & Chen, J. (2018). Responding to riverbank erosion in Bangladesh. In Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018 [3209823] (Proceedings of the 1st ACM SIGCAS Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies, COMPASS 2018). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/3209811.3209823