This digital-age reconfiguration of responsibility for public safety is seismic in democracies worldwide. In means, in effect, that cities must learn to think and act as cities - as large, connected communities - in order to make themselves safe. It also means, among other things, that a city's media, as its public communications system, have one or more critical new roles play in helping a city make itself safe. In addition to its traditional roles of "covering" violence by reporting on incidents of violence and commenting on the effectiveness of a city's efforts to address it, media may play - and assume responsibilities for - connecting and facilitating or even mediating the efforts of components 1 through 4 to make their city SAFE FOR ALL RESIDENTS.
Chicago's digital-age challenge is for all five of these components to devise ways of sharing responsibility for public safety. This seismic change the sources of power and authority itself changes forever they way cities (and nations) govern themselves. In Chicago and with respect to public safety and the role the city's media in "covering" it, it means that In addition to simply reporting and commenting on violence, the media that comprise Chicago's digital-age public communications system will now connect, facilitate and even mediate the efforts of components 1 through 4, above, to address violence in ways that make Chicago SAFE for all residents.