Terror alerts and risk communication

The DIGICOM project is well under way. We recently had a breakfast meeting  on terror and risk communication where the panelists counted the head of the Norwegian Police Security Service, the highest ranked bureaucrat in the Ministry of Justice, a lawyer specializing on privacy issues and yours truly. The background for the breakfast meeting was a terror alert issued in Norway this summer. I made an attempt at forwarding two insights from the literature, namely that terror alerts ideally should be focusing on concrete incidents and motivate the public for specific action. Furthermore, while it is not always possible to give out information, there needs to be a debate on the principles for the information policy in this regard. The ensuing panel debate seemed to illustrate that no such policy is in place for the time being.

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