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Online Citizens, Missing Persons and the Police: Three Case Studies

Weeber, Stan (2013): Online Citizens, Missing Persons and the Police: Three Case Studies. Published in: Southeastern Social Science Journal , Vol. 2, (15. April 2012): pp. 5-15.

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Abstract

The mass mobilization of citizens on the Internet to support both conventional and contentious causes has been adequately documented. The Internet has proven to be a cost effective means to rally timely and widespread support for a topic of interest. Topics addressed by online citizens range from local initiatives to issues of global importance. One mobilization of interest to both social scientists and the public is the movement of online citizens seeking information about missing persons, some believed to be victims of foul play. Left mostly unexplored to date are the types of missing person cases that interest such citizens and the kinds of online tools that these people utilize to keep up with developments on the missing person case of choice. This paper is a preliminary examination of such questions.

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