WEB EVENT - Thursday, 20 May 2021, 2.00-3.30 pm (CEST)

Peacebuilding in a Digital Age

Which Role(s) for Civil Society?

Organized by the German Platform for Peaceful Conflict Management and the Institute for Development and Peace (INEF) at the University of Duisburg-Essen

The wide availability of digital technologies is increasingly impacting the work of peacebuilders, altering both peacebuilding practices and conflict dynamics. Digitalization has also brought major innovations to the work of peacebuilders, establishing a new field of practice: ‘digital peacebuilding’. Many of the innovative uses of peace technologies – for conflict prevention, transformation and reconciliation – have been driven by civil society organizations, who are at the forefront of addressing the rising threat of digital conflict drivers, too.

Julia-Silvana Hofstetter, author of a newly released report on “Digital Technologies, Peacebuilding and Civil Society” will present her insights on how digital tools alter the role(s) of civil society and how digital conflict drivers urge peacebuilders to expand their fields of action. Together with practitioners from civil society organizations we will also talk about the opportunities and challenges of digital peacebuilding in practice.

You are invited to enter into a dialogue with the author and the invited practitioners from civil society organizations.

Download PDF -  Digital Technologies, Peacebuilding and Civil Society

Note on the speaker

Julia-Silvana Hofstetter M. A., is Senior Advisor at the ICT4Peace Foundation. She previously worked at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). Her research focuses on innovations in peacebuilding, the impact of emerging technologies on peace and security, and the women, peace and security agenda.

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Julia-Silvana Hofstetter 
ICT4Peace Foundation
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Resource Persons

Lisa Schirch
Senior Research Fellow, Toda Peace Institute
Visiting Scholar in Peace Engineering, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University
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Adam Cooper
Senior Programme Manager, Cyber-Mediation, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
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Angela Oduor Lungati
Executive Director, Ushahidi
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