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Social media technology could be a powerful tool to bring people together... or a powerful tool to isolate us and bring us into conflict. Using case studies, including the problem of hate speech in ...

Social media technology could be a powerful tool to bring people together... or a powerful tool to isolate us and bring us into conflict. Using case studies, including the problem of hate speech in Myanmar, this talk examines the potentials and pitfalls of new media and peacebuilding.

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    • Technology for Peace – Potential, not Inevitable Ethan Zuckerman (@ethanz) | Center for Civic Media, MIT | April 6, 2014
    • Nay Phone Latt
    • Paul Butler, 2010
    • homophily ! ! Flickr photo by Cobalt123
    • echo chambers ! ! “Handphone Table” by Laurie Anderson
    • technology is political
    • Left to our own devices,! we tend towards homophily.! ! Homophily leads to echo chambers,! which lead to extreme positions.! ! Technology, by itself, ! does not bring people together. ! It may do the opposite.
    • We can use technology to better understand! our biases and blind spots, ! and to address them.
    • globe.mediameter.org
    • worldaccordingto.mediameter.org
    • terra-incognita.co
    • whatwewatch.mediameter.org
    • We can use technology to create opportunities! for people to come together.
    • wearehappyfrom.com
    • Niamey, Niger
    • Beijing, China
    • Georemix is both a tour of the world and a way of asserting yourself as part of a global phenomenon…! ! …and it could be more.
    • Toliara, Madagascar
    • globalvoicesonline.org
    • meedan.org
    • We can use technology to confront! those working against peace.
    • Susan Benesch Umati (*iHub research)
    • Panzagar! “Flower Speech”
    • There are no guarantees that technology! will bring people together.! ! People make technology.! It’s our responsibility to use it for peace.
    • thanks!! ! @ethanz! ethanz@mit.edu