ICT against corruption is an issue I've written on earlier, and it came as a surprise today that no less than Lawrence Lessig has set his mind on using ICT to combat corruption. "How will the Internet change the corruption of politics?" is one of the many questions Lessig answers and describes how the Internet … Continue reading Lawrence Lessig on ending corruption using ICT
"Images of saffron-robed monks leading throngs of people along the streets of Rangoon have been seeping out of a country famed for its totalitarian regime and repressive control of information.The pictures are sometimes grainy and the video footage shaky - captured at great personal risk on mobile phones - but each represents a powerful statement … Continue reading Using the web and Internet for democracy – Burma and others
In exploring the possibilities of constructing a mapping process for peace in Sri Lanka, this monograph engages with the theoretical aspects of process mapping and then explores possible ways in which such mapping exercises can be conducted. The author’s research into the creation of Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) systems to support negotiations and peacebuilding … Continue reading Towards a new cartography: Mapping a peace process using Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
"As humans we have the capacity to remember – and to forget. For millennia remembering was hard, and forgetting easy. By default, we would forget. Digital technology has inverted this. Today, with affordable storage, effortless retrieval and global access remembering has become the default, for us individually and for society as a whole. We store … Continue reading Teaching the Internet and Web to forget (and forgive)?
The New York Times today has a story written by a mother trying to keep tabs on her family's activities. Her travails with online calendering, group (in this case, her family) scheduling and information sharing are deeply resonant to anyone who has experienced the very same challenges in humanitarian aid and peacebuilding contexts. Michelle finds … Continue reading Technology, Context and Culture – The gap between intention and reality
The ICT4Peace Foundation announced the launch of ICT4Peace: An International Process for Crisis Management today. ICT4Peace aims to enhance the performance of the international community in crisis management through the application of information Communications Technology (ICT) - technologies that can facilitate effective and sustained communication between peoples, communities and stakeholders involved in crisis management, humanitarian … Continue reading Launch of ICT4Peace: An International Process for Crisis Management
A story on TechCrunch points to the discovery that the One Laptop Per Child initiative's technology was used for a purpose no greater than surfing for pornography on the web! What surprised me more was the response to this incident, where a representative of the One Laptop Per Child group was reported saying that the … Continue reading Porn on the “$100” PC
CNN has an interesting video of a real time translation device designed for combat operations where troops (aka liberators) don't understand the language of the native communities (aka the oppressed). While the language of violence is often deemed the only one terrorists understand, these devices spring from the need to be more "culturally sensitive" in … Continue reading Breaking the language barrier?
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, … Continue reading ICT as a tool for Peacebuilding, Conflict Prevention and Crisis Management: Some pertinent questions
The attacks against Estonia by the Russians would have constituted an act of aggression in military terms and even resulted in all out war were it conducted by conventional weapons. Estonia didn't hear a single bomb. And yet, it suffered the brunt of Russian wrath as system after system, and website after website was downed … Continue reading Terrorists also use Google: So what?