ICT as a tool for Peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management: Some pertinent questions

I was invited to attend a panel discussion on “ICT as a Tool for Peace, Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management” on 17 July 2007 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Participants of the panel were asked to respond to questions that pushed them to address the realities of using ICT in conflict prevention, mitigation and transformation. Time permitting, I hope to answer these in a far more comprehensive manner, but for now, some thought pointers to content on this blog that flesh out in detail some of the vital issues raised by these questions.

Do ICT have a special role in promoting peace and if so, how do you see the future of ICTs in conflict and crisis management, what will the priorities and challenges be in coming years? Can ICT be used in other ways, by other actors, to diffuse a situation leading to conflict, help end a conflict, or allow the stabilization of a post conflict situation?

ICT4Peace before ICT4D: Why it is important to look at ICT for peacebuilding and conflict resolution

Negotiating extremism – How to talk with terrorists…
Writing in pacifism to technology – An impossible vision?
What is ICT4Peace?
Academic research on ICT4Peace
Is technology neutral – Redux

How can we enable a greater degree of cohesion, transparency and accountability to processes of conflict transformation? Can ICT augment existing stakeholder interventions, enable marginalized actors to participate more fully in peacebuilding processes, empower grassroots communities, and bring cohesion to full-field peacebuilding activities?

Untying the Gordian Knot: ICT for Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
Thoughts on ICT, ODR and Peacebuilding
Discussions on International Applications of ODR and/or Use of Mobile Technology in Conflict Transformation
How can IT be used for pol. conflict transformation? (Cyberweek 2005 discussion)
Discussions on Information Technology and Disaster Relief and Mitigation – Cyberweek 2005
Discussions on on Information Technology and Disaster Relief and Mitigation – Cyberweek 2006
Humanitarian aid and peacebuilding

Establishing computers and internet connections is insufficient if the technology is not used effectively, if people are discouraged from using it or if local economies and patterns of access cannot sustain long term application. How do we make sure that a strong political will supports these transformations?

Desperate for a revolution
Humanitarian aid and peacebuilding
Discussions on International Applications of ODR and/or Use of Mobile Technology in Conflict Transformation
How can IT be used for pol. conflict transformation? (Cyberweek 2005 discussion)
Wikis, Webs and Networks: Creating Connections for Conflict-Prone Settings

One important application of technology is enabling communication and connection between people beyond their immediate environment. Modern communication technologies such as live satellite broadcasting, the Internet or video cameras have the potential to create empathy and understanding on a global scale. Depending on how technology is deployed, can enable or disable public expression and elaboration of contending interests and give voice to the differences of identity, experience, values and histories that inform conflicts. Does this open up new possibilities for an international public sphere of understanding and solidarity?

Citizens + Media: Amplifying voices for peace through citizen journalism
Citizen Journalism and Peacebuilding: Is there a connection?
Public Service Broadcasting – using technology for democracy
Terrorists also use Google: So what?

How do we integrate ICT in enhancing the competency and profesionalism of the international community in crisis management?

Interview with Information Technology and Crisis Management (ITCM) on ICT4Peace
Technology for humanitarian aid – 6 mantras
Diplomacy and blogs
Open Source Disaster Recovery: Case Studies of networked collaboration

How do we improve inter-agency interoperability and collaboration within the international community (UN system, EU/EC efforts, etc.) to harnessing ICT for peace-keeping, conflict prevention and crisis management?

Strong Angel III
Soldiers and State-Building
How much information should we share in peacebuilding and humanitarian operations?
SSTR – Observations and Recommendations from the Field
The military and the use of technology

How do we promote information-sharing in places of conflict and/or crises?

Building peace through ICT – Ideas for practical ICT4Peace projects
Looking back, moving forward – ICT4Peace in Sri Lanka
SSTR – Observations and Recommendations from the Field
Darfur through Google Earth: The reality of conflict through “Crisis in Darfur”
Darfur is Dying : Using games for political activism

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