ICT4Peace wiki featured in Communications Initiative’s ICT4D section

The ICT4Peace Foundation's ICT4Peace wiki, that I manage, was featured in the Communications Initiative ICT4D section recently. As noted on the wiki, the "inventorisation" process revolves around the use of an edit-able wiki to share information about how ICTs - e.g., personal computers, mobile phones, and the internet - are being used to facilitate effective and sustained … Continue reading ICT4Peace wiki featured in Communications Initiative’s ICT4D section

ICT Update article – Bringing peace to life

"Peacebuilders everywhere are convinced that a better world is possible. They are devoted to that dream and can imagine peace, unlike so many others around them. There is no single epiphany that shows them the way to peace, or what to do to strengthen and sustain it. Many peacebuilders are killed or, through fear for … Continue reading ICT Update article – Bringing peace to life

Technology for Peace: Ideas from the Trenches

I'm excited to be conducting a workshop for peacebuilders from across the world on how Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) can help strengthen their work next week, as part of the GlobalPeaceBuilders Peacebuilders Summit from 6 - 7 May 2008 in Belfast.  My presentation Technology for Peace: IDeas from the Trenches is online and can be downloaded. It … Continue reading Technology for Peace: Ideas from the Trenches

Papers and research on ICT in peacebuilding, Online Dispute Resolution, Conflict Early Warning, Disaster Mitigation and Response

A collection of papers I've written over the years on ICT4Peace, ODR and the use of technology in disaster warning, mitigation and response.   Daring to Dream: CSCW for Peacebuilding This study will examine research around the areas of Computer Supported Cooperative Frameworks (CSCW) and in particular, the Locale Framework, to examine the possible use … Continue reading Papers and research on ICT in peacebuilding, Online Dispute Resolution, Conflict Early Warning, Disaster Mitigation and Response

“The Truth Can Be Adjusted” – Communications and media censorship in Sri Lanka

I watched the brilliant Michael Clayton yesterday, a movie with a tagline that's deeply resonant in Sri Lanka. The obnoxious Sri Lankan President and his government, over the course of 2007 and particularly this year, has censored media and communications in Sri Lanka violently and with complete impunity, adjusting the "Truth" as they see it … Continue reading “The Truth Can Be Adjusted” – Communications and media censorship in Sri Lanka

Questions on ICT4Peace: A response to Paul Currion

Paul Currion's blog post in response to one on the ICT4Peace Foundation that appeared recently in Fortune Magazine is delicious food for thought. There are a whole range of questions and challenges Paul addresses and proposes, of which I thought I would respond to a few in my capacity as a practitioner of ICT4Peace in … Continue reading Questions on ICT4Peace: A response to Paul Currion

Critique of “Virtual Diplomacy” workshop at GKP touches a raw nerve

My earlier post on the workshop on Virtual Diplomacy at GKP seems to have touched a raw nerve with, strangely yet tellingly, the folks from Diplo Foundation who moderated and organised the session far more than some of those in the panel itself. Clearly, the prissy and defensive responses that are found in response to … Continue reading Critique of “Virtual Diplomacy” workshop at GKP touches a raw nerve

Virtual Diplomacy Workshop at GKP GK III: A missed opportunity

I attended Diplomacy Goes Virtual: Opportunities and Limitation of Virtual Diplomacy, a worshop at the recently held Global Knowledge Partnership GK III conference in the hope that I would learn more than I knew and had already done using tools, mechanisms and platforms such as blogs, Skype, mobile communications, the XO laptop and Second Life, … Continue reading Virtual Diplomacy Workshop at GKP GK III: A missed opportunity

ICT4Peace and Humanitarian FOSS featured in PeaceIT!

The latest issue of Peace IT!, a journal for conflict and crisis management professionals published by the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is out and can be downloaded here. The journal explores how ICTs can be used effectively to prevent, manage and resolve crisis to the benefit of peace and security. This issue features an article … Continue reading ICT4Peace and Humanitarian FOSS featured in PeaceIT!