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Folder Peacebuilding and New Media/Technologies

Resources related to new media and technologies, such as social media.

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pdf Handling Harmful Content Online: Cross-National Perspectives of Users Affected by Conflict

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Handling Harmful Content Online: Cross-National Perspectives of Users Affected by Conflict

Search for Common Ground undertook a study to examine how users in conflict-affected societies handle harmful content online, and to identify barriers that they face in using existing mechanisms such as content reporting to make their online spaces safer. The study was possible with financial support from Facebook.

pdf How do we foster human connection? Tips and tricks for facilitating peacebuilding online

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How do we foster human connection? Tips and tricks for facilitating peacebuilding online

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: July 2020

“Peacebuilding always begins in the midst of crisis; challenging situations push us to get creative, strategic, and think beyond the way we’ve been doing things. How do we continue to build and nurture relationships with our partners, when most of us are now in zoom rooms instead of meeting face to face?”
Emma Leslie, Executive Director

The Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPCS) has adapted our approach to peacebuilding to adjust to the “online” world we currently all live in. In consultation with our colleagues and partners, and reflecting in our teams on what this experience has been like, CPCS has identified key lessons learned, principles, and tips for peacebuilding online, captured in a series of learning papers to answer the question: What happens when peacebuilders go “online”?

pdf Social Media, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: Issues and Challenges

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Social Media, Conflict, and Peacebuilding: Issues and Challenges

Violent conflict is on the rise, and increasingly, social media is playing an important role: political actors have used social media to target critics with disinformation, while COVID‑19 misinformation spread online has spurred hate speech to stigmatize groups. Current off-line and online approaches and tools to address these challenges seem insufficient to the task. Moreover, there are real dangers inherent in some current responses, such as exposure of human rights defenders to attack and restrictions on speech by governmental authorities.

This paper, the product of a working group of NGO and academic experts, aims to be a practical statement about the ‘weaponization’ of social media and peacebuilding responses to it. It attempts to articulate an emerging consensus among peacebuilders about what we know about working in this area, and very practically, what approaches are effective or promising. The goals are to provide a common starting point for addressing social media drivers of conflict for practitioners, both local and global; suggest some priorities for organizations, donors, and governments; and serve as a foundation for other related discussions.

Source: https://www.mercycorps.org/research-resources/social-media-conflict-peacebuilding

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