The Toda Peace Institute and the Alliance for Peacebuilding are hosting a series of policy briefs discussing social media impacts on social and political goods. Over the next several months, top experts and thought leaders will provide insight into social media’s threats and opportunities.
This policy brief outlines twenty-five spheres where technology can contribute to peacebuilding goals and describes five generations of thinking related to the evolution of technology’s impact on peacebuilding. Digital peacebuilding contributes to democratic deliberation, violence prevention, social cohesion, civic engagement, and improved human security. Digital peacebuilding contributes to the wider field of digital citizenship and “tech for good.” The policy brief concludes with seven recommendations to build social cohesion, civic engagement, and improved human security, which emerged out of a recent Peace Direct global consultation and a Toda Peace Institute workshop.
Build Up is a global non-profit working beside local organizations through participatory interventions, research and training to combine peacebuilding best practices, participatory methodologies and digital technologies to identify and address emergent challenges to peace.
Dialogic is a game developed by MPI alumna Zon Vanel. It provides lessons on negotation and conflict resolution interspersed with match three games.
From the Goolge Apps Store:
A fantasy game about words of peace, packed in simple and fun match three game.
This game let you choose one of five characters, you can choose wheter become a human, elf, dwarf, satyr or siren. Each character has their own unique power.
The dialogues will tell about the conflict escalation and how they will solve it after you solve the game.
The match three game will be limited by time, you should fulfill the lower spherical bar by match the tokens before the time is up.
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DM@E for Peace and Build Up "will showcase innovative uses of technology in peacebuilding and development, best practices and thought leaders in this space, and ways to utilize technology to transform our field." It "will also shine a light on peacebuilding pioneers who are using technology to create cutting-edge forms of interaction between stakeholders, responses to digital human rights issues, and innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues."
The Digital Security First Aid Kit for Human Rights Defenders a contribution from activists for activists to help us be more secure in our digital practices. It’s designed to help activists deal with the most common security issues that might jeopardize the integrity of our devices and communications. Any at-risk user who encounters security-related problems can use this kit to mitigate the immediate consequences and find guidance to address ongoing security issues.
This Toolkit is intended for mediators. Together with its accompanying Report, it assesses opportunities and risks related to the use of digital technologies in mediation contexts. It also provides concrete examples and advice from practitioners and experts. See the introductory video below:
We build games that educate and change the attitude and mindset of children and youth in order to prepare them for a peaceful future. South Sudan is a country where two generations have grown up during civil war.
Liyla and the shadows of war is not actually about peacebuilding. Rather, according to its creator:
Liyla and the shadows of war is a game based on actual events, it tells a story of little girl lives in Gaza during the war in 2014.
When you live in war zone and death is hunting everyone, things will look different and choices become harder. Face your fate in an unjust war to survive with your family from the shadows of war.
Time is running against you, your family is in danger and there is nowhere to hide or to do but to get them out of home through a hero journey to a safer place.
Shooting and bombing everywhere and it will hunt you unless you make fast decisions as you progress through different events. These events are real and they will make you choose the hard way. Live or die!
A story based on Actual events.
Witness the actual events of war from different point of view.
Emotional experience that will touch your heart.
Provoke different feelings in a short space of time.
Explore amazing atmosphere.
Challenging decision, events and puzzles awaiting for you.
Epic music and Sound effects.
So, while it is not directly about peacebuilding, it is a game that can lead to serious discussions about war and peacebuilding. The game is available for both Android and iOS.
This is probably one of the most immersive online games for honing peacebuilding skills you will find. If you are going to try this out, make sure you have the time! Unfortunately, the characters maintain the cultural narrative that a white westerner goes to a country in the global south (in this case, an invented African nation) to bring justice. Perhaps a future version will give options for the characters and even for insider-partial mediators. In any case, if you are looking for an online game to develop your analytical skills, give this a try and let us know what you think.
Imagine being sent to Zhobia, a country you never visited before, with a mission to develop the rule of law there. How will YOU maneuver through the complex socio-political environment? Will YOU be able to bring peace to Zhobia?
ABOUT THE GAME
PeaceMaker is inspired by real events in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Be a leader and bring peace to the region before your term in office ends.
PeaceMaker is two games in one: play both the role of the Israeli Prime Minister or the Palestinian President.
Play the news: how would you react to the events in the Middle East presented using real news footage and images?
Depending on what you bring to the table, we have three difficulty levels to choose from including calm, tense and violent.
PeaceTech Lab works to reduce violent conflict using technology, media, and data to accelerate and scale peacebuilding efforts.
Get connected to the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) and the field of strategic nonviolent action with an iPhone/iPod Touch app. The People Power App is a free mobile app giving you access to all of ICNC's educational and research materials, information on its latest activities and news on nonviolent conflicts and struggles around the world. Watch lectures and interviews on our YouTube Channel, sign up for one of our webinars, read the latest news, check out our online resource library and stay in touch via Facebook and Twitter. The new People Power App is the best way to explore our vast resources of information on strategic nonviolent action!
Features of the App include:
Get introduced to the field of nonviolent action and watch our short video "Civil Resistance: A First Look"-Read more about the subject in the accompanying booklet
Get an updated stream of news on ICNC activities
Browse the latest News Digest on Nonviolent Action
Subscribe to our twice-weekly News Digest on news related to nonviolent conflict-Learn about nonviolent conflicts around the world by reading our Conflict Summaries
Watch our YouTube Channel, where you will find interviews, lectures and our exclusive Webinar Series.
Connect to our Resource Library and check out People Power: The Game.
Learn more about ICNC and connect with us on Twitter and Facebook.
About ICNCFounded in 2002, the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) is an independent, nonprofit educational foundation that develops and encourages the study and use of civilian based, nonmilitary strategies to establish and defend human rights, democratic self-rule and justice world wide. Acting as a catalyst to stimulate interest in nonviolent conflict, ICNC works with an extensive network of educators, organizers, journalists, and nongovernmental organizations around the world to develop and disseminate knowledge about strategic nonviolent action. For more information about our work or questions about educational and research materials, please visit our website: www.nonviolent-conflict.org
People Power is a game for either a PC or a Mac. As described on the website for the game:
People Power is about politics, about strategy and about social change. As a leader of a popular movement you fight against tough adversaries who control the police, the army and bureaucracy, even the media. The only weapon in your hand is your strategic skill and ingenuity.
People Power is more than a game. It’s an opportunity to join a community of others who want to learn about civil resistance and nonviolent strategies. Everyone can design scenarios and post them on the scenario page, available to the whole community. On our Forum, you can exchange ideas with other players and scenario designers.
As a social business, Rational Games uses playful methods to teach negotiation in order to then support initiatives and individuals that make creative use of games and play to resolve conflict. We measure our success by the amount of time and money that we invest in curating innovative initiatives that make a clear contribution to this mission.
A publication from
International Alert, this paper offers reflections in answer to that question, drawing on perspectives from interviews with peacebuilders in Lebanon, Nigeria and the Philippines, and survey responses, as well as the wider literature on the subject.
The SDGs in Action app has been developed to highlight the Sustainable Development Goals - the world’s to-do list to end poverty, reduce inequalities and tackle climate change. It is brought to you by the GSMA, which represents the interests of nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide, and Project Everyone, a non-profit global campaign to spread the messaging of the SDGs.
Don't forget that SDG 16 is
Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions.
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) has developed an app on the Sustainable Development Goals. They write the following:
The app will help you discover how each one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is directly related to the daily work of local and regional governments. With the interactive format you can be actively involved and see the important work being done by local and regional governments to achieve the SDGs.
For each goal, you will understand why local governments should not simply be viewed as the implementing bodies of the Agenda. Local and regional governments are indeed important policy-makers and catalysts for change and are best positioned to link the global goals to local communities.
The app’s content is based on this publication: “ The Sustainable Development Goals: What Local Governments Need to Know”
Tactical Tech is an international NGO that engages with citizens and civil society organizations to explore and mitigate the impacts of technology on society.
The Data Detox Kit is a guide to increase your online privacy, digital security, and wellbeing.
Exposing the Invisible is a project about the techniques, tools, and methods of digital and non-digital investigations.
Data and Activism is a research project that investigates the impact of data collection on activists, journalists, human rights defenders, and civil society organizations, exploring the potential impact and offering protection strategies and creative responses.
A holistic guide for human rights defenders for their psycho-social health, digital security, physical security, and organizational practices.
SECURITY IN-A-BOX: A digital security toolkit for activists and human rights defenders, developed alongside Front Line Defenders.
Umbrella is an app for Android designed to help human rights workers stay secure on and off line. Here is what Holly Kilroy says about the app:
Umbrella’s content has been sourced from best practice security manuals and digital security guides, and provides practical advice for everything — from how to make a secure phone call or protect files, to counter-surveillance or what to do in case of arrest.
Lessons give simple step-by-step actions of what to do in any given security situation, and show the best tools for it.
Levels allow users to choose their level of ability and also get answers that reflect the level of risk or the type of protection needed.
Checklists help mark the user’s progress and share with colleagues what actions have been implemented or have yet to be done.
Tools recommended in the lessons can be tricky, so a tool-guide gives step-by-step help on how to set up and use the tools suggested.
A dashboard provides real-time updates on possible security threats, and alerts the user if there is anything in the vicinity that she/he should be aware of – from physical security risks like protests or kidnappings, to environmental or health security risks like floods or disease outbreaks.
Umbrella is free, open-source, and has cleared a security code-audit – it doesn’t track users’ location or take any personal data on them. Once the app is downloaded it can be used without data – the only feature that needs Internet access is the dashboard.
The philosophy of Xchange Perspectives grounds itself in the law of eternal interconnectedness of our diverse human identities. We trust that knowledge is universal, and thus is meant to be exchanged amongst us all. Through this sharing and communication of trust, Xchange Perspectives foresees a future of unity in diversity, a vital expression of peace.
Our contribution through media is the way we choose to partner with all actors committed to development and peace processes, in our collective aspirations towards equal, just, sustainable and all-inclusive social change.