Exploring Arsenic danger awareness in the Polish Copper Basin – simulation of engagement in online networking





Aim. In cases of environmental danger, the information spread plays an important role in risk

management. We have considered recent arsenic environmental danger in Głogów and Legnica (Copper/Cuprum Basin) according to the available data (2015-2017) from social network analysis and agent-based modelling point of view.

 Thesis. In case of danger of unknown consequences, there are at least 2 different strategies of

information management:

1) information spread that leads to awareness of the whole society;

2) keeping the whole information in secret under control that leads to a partial social awareness, available to a small number of people only.

 Methods. In our model, the probability of information spread between two nodes is inverse

proportion to connectivity of the susceptible node because people who have a lot of connections are more immune. We have applied theoretical agent-based modelling on Barabasi-Albert networks to explore various scenarios of information spread in Social Media. We have investigated the function of hubs within that concept.

 Results. We have considered various levels of environmental danger and draw possible projections for the  future. Oscillations according to temporal socio-political conditions as well as increase in attention in 2018 have been revealed.

 Conclusions. Despite blocking of information by hubs, the successful information spread is possible when levels of danger are high enough. The perception and impression of information spread by society is also discussed.


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Author Biographies

Andrzej Jarynowski, Interdisciplinary Research Institute, Oriona 15/8, 67-200 Głogów, Poland

Andrzej Jarynowski is a Polish computational epidemiologist and has an interdisciplinary background combining computational and natural science, sociology and medicine. Andrzej serves as a trainee in at Military Institute of Epidemiology in Warsaw. He is also scientific fellow at Warsaw University and  statistical consultant for the Polish National Sanitary Inspection in Cracow and he is co-founder of Interdisciplinary Research Institute in Wrocław.

Andrzej Buda, Interdisciplinary Research Institute, Oriona 15/8, 67-200 Głogów, Poland

ANDRZEJ BUDA - Polish physicist and data scientist involved in econophysics. CEO of Interdisciplinary Research Institute. He published 21 international articles and 9 books that sold over 32 000 copies, including The history of hip-hop culture in Poland (2001) and The life-time of correlations and its applications (2010) that introduced the definition of life-time of correlations. His PhD dissertation is devoted to correlations in phonographic and financial markets.




How to Cite

Jarynowski, A., & Buda, A. (2019). Exploring Arsenic danger awareness in the Polish Copper Basin – simulation of engagement in online networking. E-Methodology, 5(5), 58–71. https://doi.org/10.15503/emet.v5i5.439



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