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...
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 m...
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 t...
thanks!!
!
@ethanz!
ethanz@mit.edu
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
Ethan Zuckerman Building Peace Keynote
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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 Myanmar, this talk examines the potentials and pitfalls of new media and peacebuilding.

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  1. 1. Technology for Peace – Potential, not Inevitable Ethan Zuckerman (@ethanz) | Center for Civic Media, MIT | April 6, 2014
  2. 2. Nay Phone Latt
  3. 3. Paul Butler, 2010
  4. 4. homophily ! ! Flickr photo by Cobalt123
  5. 5. echo chambers ! ! “Handphone Table” by Laurie Anderson
  6. 6. technology is political
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. We can use technology to better understand! our biases and blind spots, ! and to address them.
  9. 9. globe.mediameter.org
  10. 10. worldaccordingto.mediameter.org
  11. 11. terra-incognita.co
  12. 12. whatwewatch.mediameter.org
  13. 13. We can use technology to create opportunities! for people to come together.
  14. 14. wearehappyfrom.com
  15. 15. Niamey, Niger
  16. 16. Beijing, China
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. Toliara, Madagascar
  19. 19. globalvoicesonline.org
  20. 20. meedan.org
  21. 21. We can use technology to confront! those working against peace.
  22. 22. Susan Benesch Umati (*iHub research)
  23. 23. Panzagar! “Flower Speech”
  24. 24. There are no guarantees that technology! will bring people together.! ! People make technology.! It’s our responsibility to use it for peace.
  25. 25. thanks!! ! @ethanz! ethanz@mit.edu

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