Edinburgh Research Explorer

Truth, trust, and civic duty: Cultural factors in citizens' perceptions of mobile phone apps and social media in disasters

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Related Edinburgh Organisations

Open Access permissions



  • Download as Adobe PDF

    Final published version, 973 KB, PDF document

    Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution (CC-BY)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-305
JournalJournal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
Publication statusPublished - 14 Oct 2019


This study investigates how citizens perceive the role of mobile phone apps specifically designed for disaster communication, and how these perceptions may differ from perceived roles and functions of social media in disaster‐related tasks/situations. Focusing on trust in authorities and technology use, results suggest that social media use not only fosters trust via shared narratives and collective sense‐making but may also improve trust relationships through local authorities assuming the function of a trustworthy information provider. In disaster apps usage, trust between citizens and authorities is generated through perceptions of shared responsibility rather than shared narratives. Apps were seen as mechanisms that reveal authorities' general willingness to share control, which may help overcome citizens' perceptions that they are distrusted by authorities.

    Research areas

  • citizen summits, culture, disaster communications, mobile phone apps, social media, trust

Download statistics

No data available

ID: 116158956