“The Fires Within: Sri Lanka at War” – A waste of web media

Got an email from Steven Pong at Asia Society to take a look at The Fires Within: Sri Lanka at War, described as a "project, which attempts to document the humanitarian costs of the civil war, shows the work of photojournalist Ron Haviv, who has worked in conflict areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan, and … Continue reading “The Fires Within: Sri Lanka at War” – A waste of web media

G.ho.st and online operating systems: Much Ado About Nothing?

I was forwarded a recent New York Times article on G.ho.st by Patrick Meier. Perhaps Patrick thought I would be interested in this because of the references to peacebuilding in the Israeli-Palestinian context. . Even before I clicked on G.ho.st I knew what I was in for when I read this quote by Zvi Schreiber, the creator of … Continue reading G.ho.st and online operating systems: Much Ado About Nothing?

Peace and Conflict Timeline (PACT)

Disclaimer: I was heavily involved in aspects of the design of the new PACT website and gave advice on the development of many of its current features and functionality.   The Peace and Conflict Timeline (PACT) website by the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) is one of the most innovative I have encountered. It's idea … Continue reading Peace and Conflict Timeline (PACT)

Complex Political Emergencies and humanitarian aid systems design

Missing entirely in the discussions I was part of at the UN OCHA +5 Symposium and also the draft statement current on the Symposium website for public review is the manner in which complex political emergencies  (CPEs, herein used to also cover violent ethno-political conflict) influence the design and deployment of ICT support architectures and … Continue reading Complex Political Emergencies and humanitarian aid systems design

Understanding terrorism better through technology?

As I wrote in a recent article: "The central disconnect between conflict resolution theorists and the essential nature of terrorism lies here – we do not really know the logic that drives terrorism, a logic so alien to us that we cannot even imagine it. It is a logic that driven by a rationale and … Continue reading Understanding terrorism better through technology?