Risk assessment of nuclear terrorism is based on scientific/technical data, such as estimates of quantities and locations of worldwide stockpiles of fissile materials, the evaluation of physical protection measures at nuclear facilities, and the reported cases of thefts and illicit trafficking of materials, among others. Both risk assessment and its communication to the public carry great scientific responsibility. This presentation contains a survey of recently published articles in international newspapers, alongside with their public perception based on comments and responses by readers.

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Nuclear terrorism risk in the media
Public perception and response

Elena Rodriguez   UC Berkeley

Risk assessment of nuclear terrorism is based on scientific/technical data, such as estimates of quantities and locations of worldwide stockpiles of fissile materials, the evaluation of physical protection measures at nuclear facilities, and the reported cases of thefts and illicit trafficking of materials, among others. Both risk assessment and its communication to the public carry great scientific responsibility. This presentation contains a survey of recently published articles in international newspapers, alongside with their public perception based on comments and responses by readers.

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