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New Technologies for Conflict Prevention

SXSW 2013 presentation: Can a peace SMS change the course of a conflict? Explore how peacebuilding practitioners leverage new technologies to build social cohesion. With Anne Kahl, Patrick Meier and Margarita Quihuis. #tech4peace
by Helena Puig Larrauri on 24 March 2013

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We're building a community that works to leverage new technology in support of conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

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http://bit.ly/ZrejLG New Technologies for Conflict Prevention As online and mobile connectivity increases, new ways to connect people and build social cohesion are emerging.


Whether it's text messages for peace or mapping elections violence, peacebuilders around the world are leveraging new technology in their work. Four Framing Questions Virtual peacebuilding? Really? First, Do No Harm @patrickmeier #tech4peace 1. How do we combine tech-based and ‘traditional’ conflict prevention?

2. Are we limited to countries with high internet connectivity? Peace Innovation Lab UNDP's work on ICTs for conflict prevention Crowdsourcing and local conflict prevention Prevention of electoral violence UNDP is pioneering the use of ICTs in its conflict prevention work and is looking to partner with innovators @helenapuigl #tech4peace @msquihuis #tech4peace @anne_kahl #tech4peace 3. Are we limited to ‘early warning systems’?

4. How do we keep technology-enabled initiatives conflict sensitive? Is tech use safe?

Does tech promote connections and avoid divisions?

Are unrealistic expectations raised by use of tech? The Peace Innovation Lab is a new initiative from Stanford's Persuasive Technology Lab. The Stanford Persuasive Technology Lab researches how computing products–from websites to mobile phone software–change people’s behaviors, and how they can be designed to change people’s behaviors in intentional, beneficial, pro-social ways. Launched in Spring 2010, the PI Lab focuses on how technology is facilitating emerging and measurable social changes toward global peace. The PI Lab works to change society for the better by conducting research in:

- Innovation
- Mass collaboration
- Persuasive technologies
- Social networks

Peace Innovation is a new approach to conflict studies that focuses on real world interventions that leverage insights into technology and human interaction to reduce conflict and precursors to conflict. We can topple governments with social media… but can we wage peace? For the first time in human history we can measure inter-personal interactions at a very high resolution
Social sites and mobile devices passively record much of what we do
If we can measure it we can shape it peace.facebook.com The Peace Factory Some Human Violence Dimensions Engineering Peace? Lyft Rideshare Can technology reduce human atrocities? What if we approached this as a supply chain risk management problem? What if: There was a standard for measuring quality of suppliers similar to LEED for clean buildings?

New features were added to supply chain management systems that incorporated on the ground sensor networks that monitored labor conditions?

Companies that met these new standards were more profitable?

Consumers preferred ‘cruelty-free’ electronic products and energy sources? Big Data for risk management? Promotion of peace and social cohesion
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