Full video at: http://jonathanstray.com/peace-conflict-and-data
We might be able to do better at conflict resolution -- making peace in violent conflicts -- with the help of good data analysis. There have long been data sets about war and violent conflict at the state level, but we now have much more.
There are now extraordinarily detailed, open-source event data streams that can be used for violence prediction. Conflict "microdata" from social media and communications records can be used to visualize the divisions in society. I also suggest a long term program of conflict data collection to learn, over many cases, what works in conflict resolution and what doesn't.
We're really just at the beginning of all of this. There are huge issues around data collection, interpretation, privacy, security, and politics. But the potential is too great to ignore.