ICTs in climate change communication in the Pacific Islands

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Harris, U.
Papoutsaki, Evangelia
Kailahi, Sandra
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2016
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Journal Article
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community engagement
climate change
information dissemination
Pasifika Islands
Pasifika
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Harris, U., Papoutsaki, E., & Kailahi, S. (2016). ICTs in Climate Change Communication in the Pacific Islands. Information Technologies and International Development [Special Issue], 12(4), pp.47-58.
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Community participation is essential to effectively address communities’ needs in relation to climate change. Conventional media forms that are easily accessible in the Pacfic Islands region, including digital media, require strategic integration of both message creation and dissemination with stakeholder inclusion. This article argues that use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) not only enables information dissemination, but also invites local participation in communicative processes. Greater citizen engagement in content creation improves community understanding of the issues around climate change by including local perspectives, cultural knowledge, and concerns specific to the area. Recording, sharing, and discussing these changes in community settings will inform new thinking, with the potential to change perceptions and attitudes toward this urgent problem.
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University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism
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© 2016 USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Published under Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. All rights not granted thereunder to the public are reserved to the publisher and may not be exercised without its express written permission
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