RTE: “In an era of social media, where everything is connected, it is vital for people to remain connected”
New South Wales state government’s integrated logistics department has issued a warning that the internet is now the “new social media”.
Key points:The state government has released an interactive map showing the locations of the people it is helping to care for in its emergency services in the state”This is not a new concept, it’s not even a new threat, but it is one we are going to deal with with,” Chief Commissioner Paul Stokes said on Thursday.
“There is a whole new world of connectivity now, and as soon as the internet became the new social media there was an increase in the number of people who were not able to access services,” he said.
“We are now dealing with this, and it’s an issue we’re going to address in the future.”
The interactive map shows the locations where state government and community agencies are assisting emergency services, and shows people who have contacted them using social media and apps such as Whatsapp.
Mr Stokes acknowledged that the problem was not unique to NSW, and said that a similar problem existed in other parts of the world.
“This will only continue to increase as the world continues to move on from this technology,” he told the ABC.
“In the United States and around the world there is a new phenomenon called social media.
It’s just so widespread, it can be very, very, disruptive.”
Mr Stoke said it was important that the government was prepared to deal quickly with the issues, and to ensure the department had a secure infrastructure.
“If it’s too late, we have got to move quickly to deal properly with it,” he added.
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