Presentation on ICT4Peace at ACR Conference 2010


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Presentation on ICT4Peace at ACR Conference 2010

  1. 1. ict4peace: beyond the hype sanjana hattotuwa TEDGlobal Fellow
  2. 2. sri lanka
  3. 3. systemic problems • Post-war violence and repression still high • Violence against independent media and critical dissent • Legacy of 30 years of war: Communal distrust, no reconciliation, no political settlement, continued militarisation, national security mindset, repressive government, on-going censorship, poor rule of law, un-constitutional governance
  4. 4. my work from sri lanka
  5. 5. ict4peace blog
  6. 6. imparting new media skills to media
  7. 7. helping mainstream media leverage new media
  8. 8. one text peace negotiations platform
  9. 9. monitoring election violence
  10. 10. monitoring election violence Facebook, Flickr, Podcasts, Twitter
  11. 11. monitoring election violence
  12. 12. the politics of remembrance
  13. 13. human rights monitoring
  14. 14. mainstream media monitoring
  15. 15. mainstream media monitoring
  16. 16. helping CSOs and NGOs use new media
  17. 17. helping rural communities leverage new media casting-new-models-for-enduring-needs
  18. 18. visualising peacebuilding
  19. 19. groundviews
  20. 20. groundviews: end of war special edition From 19 – 27 May 2010, Groundviews ran a special edition on the end of war in Sri Lanka. Over this week alone, the site received over forty thousand readers and exclusively featured over eighty thousand words of original content, one video premiere, over a dozen photos, generating over one hundred and fifty thousand words of commentary. Tens of thousands more have read and commented on this content since, making the special edition a sui generis archive of intelligent debate, incisive critique and vital perspectives that mainstream media in Sri Lanka, even post- war, is too fearful to feature.
  21. 21. groundviews: civility code
  22. 22. so what’s the big deal? • ICTs help bear witness, in a country with a regime that seeks to erase inconvenient truths and kill those who document them. • Less about hype (e.g. regime change) more about documentation, narration, archival, strategic dissemination, capacity building, knowledge creation, oral testimonies • ICTs help advocacy. Web visualisations help render complex challenges in a manner that nourishes understanding, review and action. • ICTs help human rights. Ordinary citizens can bear witness. • ICTs help communities and individuals, marginalised in mainstream media and politics, create their own media and tell their stories, as they wish.
  23. 23. the future is anchored to and underpinned by • Geo-location and geo-referencing via Google Maps, Bing etc • New media and Web 2.0 technologies, including social networking • Mobiles, and especially smartphones • Broadband, especially wireless • Interoperable ODR systems / data portability initiatives
  24. 24. the enduring challenges will be • Privacy, in the age of Facebook • Culture and context, actors and process, physical vs. virtual • Transforming investments on PC based platforms, to mobile based platforms • Engendering the political will to transform complex conflict • The emphasis on the process, as opposed to the technology - people as opposed to the platform
  25. 25. thank you