This project aims to investigate what people think and how people feel about Amber Alerts and the Alert Ready system in Canada.

Alert Ready is Canada’s national emergency alert system. It is a mandatory system (meaning you cannot opt in or out) that sends a message accompanied by a unique siren and vibration to all compatible cell phones near an emergency event. Alert Ready was launched in April 2018 and may be used to alert people of natural disasters, biological hazards, severe weather events, and Amber Alerts.

Amber Alerts are issued by law enforcement to advise the public when a child has been abducted or is deemed missing and at risk. They intend to ask for the public’s help to safely and swiftly recover the child.

Using a mixed-methods approach with quantitative survey data, and qualitative and qualitative social media data, this project seeks to understand the Canadian public’s response to mandatory Amber Alerts sent to individuals’ mobile phones.

This project is currently in the data collection phase, with a brief summary of the results to be made available on this webpage in approximately March 2020.

 

Contact Person and Associate Investigator:

Monique Lynn
PhD Student, School of Social Science
University of Queensland, Australia
m.lynn@uq.edu.au 

Supervisors

Dr. Suzanna Fay

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science

University of Queensland, Australia 

s.fay@uq.edu.au

Dr. Robin Fitzgerald

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Science

University of Queensland, Australia

robin.fitzgerald@uq.edu.au

Dr. Timothy Graham

Senior Lecturer in Digital Media and Communication

Queensland University of Technology, Australia

timothy.graham@qut.edu.au

Project members