Secondment report #07: From Kristiansand to Australia

On November 15, 2019, Kim Henrik Gronert, Dag Morten Frantzen from Kristiansand kommune and Kari Anne Røysland from UiA, travelled to Brisbane Australia. Their secondment to Australia consisted of visits to both QUT in Brisbane and University of Sydney, where they met with the subgroups Fake News and Narratives and Crisis Communication.

They are working on a case study of a recent incident that took place in Kristiansand. In this case study, the group is looking at converstions in social media channels like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Also, they are looking at the comments related to news articles in mainstream media. The results from this case study will be relevant to be aware of similar incidents in the future. So far, the conversation has escalated after the incident, and the word has spread to other parts of the world. This could possibly lead to new dangerous situations, and it would be a great benefit for the municipality and police to be aware of conversations and possible conflicts like these.

During their secondment they have been participating in relevant workshops and met with researches at the two institutions. Further research will within the research group Fake news and Narratives consist of a research paper on spillover effects and and a research paper on the YouTube videos.