New Technology
Fig. 1. Courtesy of the International Peace Institute 2013.

The International Peace Institute, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme and the United States Agency for International Development, released its report titled New Technology and the Prevention of Violence and Conflict, edited by Francesco Mancini.

About the report:

In an era of unprecedented interconnectivity, this report explores the ways in which new technologies can assist international actors, governments, and civil society organizations to more effectively prevent violence and conflict. It examines the contributions that cell phones, social media, crowdsourcing, crisis mapping, blogging, and big data analytics can make to short-term efforts to forestall crises and to long-term initiatives to address the root causes of violence.

Five case studies assess the use of such tools in a variety of regions (Africa, Asia, Latin America) experiencing different types of violence (criminal violence, election-related violence, armed conflict, short-term crisis) in different political contexts (restrictive and collaborative governments).

Drawing on lessons and insights from across the cases, the authors outline a how-to guide for leveraging new technology in conflict-prevention efforts:

1. Examine all tools.
2. Consider the context.
3. Do no harm.
4. Integrate local input.
5. Help information flow horizontally.
6. Establish consensus regarding data use.
7. Foster partnerships for better results.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary
1. Introduction by Francesco Mancini
2. Big Data for Conflict Prevention: New Oil and Old Fires by Emmanuel Letouzé, Patrick Meier, and Patrick Vinck
3. Using Information and Communication Technologies for Violence Prevention in Latin America by Robert Muggah and Gustavo Diniz
4. Early Warning and the Role of New Technologies in Kenya by Godfrey M. Musila
5. Conflict Cure or Curse? Information and Communication Technologies in Kyrgyzstan by Anna Matveeva
6. New Technologies and Conflict Prevention in Sudan and South Sudan by Helena Puig Larrauri
7. Conclusion: New Technology in Conflict Prevention by Francesco Mancini and Marie O’Reilly

The full report is available for PDF download here.