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Denning, Dorothy. “Cyberwarriors: Activists and Terrorists Turn to Cyberspace.”
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Denning, Dorothy. “Cyberwarriors: Activists and Terrorists Turn to Cyberspace.” Harvard International Review 23, no. 2 (2006).
Dorothy Denning looks at how people with a social or poltical message are using the Internet, not just to garner support, but to perform activist and terrorist activities in cyberspace, including hacktivism and cyberterrorism.
MacKinnon, Rebecca. “Flatter World and Thicker Walls? Blogs, Censorship, and Civic Discourse in Chin
JOURNAL ARTICLE: MacKinnon, Rebecca. “Flatter World and Thicker Walls? Blogs, Censorship, and Civic Discourse in China.”
Public Choice. (2008) 134: 31-46. Springer Science+Business Media.
MacKinnon argues that the permission of blogs in China will not directly lead to short-term political revolution; rather, they will create a space for collaboration and can contribute to long-term political evolution.
Schneider, Andrea Kupfer. “International Media and Conflict Resolution: Making the Connection”
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Schneider, Andrea Kupfer. “International Media and Conflict Resolution: Making the Connection” Marquette Law Review, 93, Fall 2009.
Schneider asks questions about the role of journalists and the media in society generally, and more specifically in the context of conflict. Do the media have a responsibility to report all sides? Do they have a responsibility to withhold incendiary information?
Wehrenfennig, Daniel. “Communication Technology, Conflict Resolution, and the North
JOURNAL ARTICLE: Wehrenfennig, Daniel. “Communication Technology, Conflict Resolution, and the North-South Divide.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, San Diego, California, USA, Mar 22, 2006 (2009).
Wehrenfennig discusses the idea of the “network society” and what this reorganization of the world means for conflict resolution and global dynamics.
Barry, Ellen. “Protests in Moldova Explode, with Help of Twitter.”
NEWS ARTICLE: Barry, Ellen. “Protests in Moldova Explode, with Help of Twitter.” New York Times. (2010)
This article details the role of Twitter and cell phones in igniting violence in Moldovan protests in April 2010. The story highlights how many of Moldova’s current social struggles are propelled by youth, who are also more likely to engage with new media technology.
Gladwell, Malcolm. “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be tweeted”
NEWS ARTICLE: Gladwell, Malcolm. “Small Change: Why the Revolution Will Not Be tweeted” The New Yorker, October 4, 2010.
Gladwell, as others have done, questions the significance of social media in bringing about social change. He argues that it is “not the enemy of the status quo,” and is really just a means of making “the existing social order more efficient.”
Parker, Kathleen. “Facebook and social media offer the potential of peace.”
NEWS ARTICLE: Parker, Kathleen. “Facebook and social media offer the potential of peace.” September 5, 2010. Parker discusses the potential of social media for promoting peace in the Middle East. It will not “create peace,” she says, but it will “increase demand for it” by building virtual relationships between youth in each region.
Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, “Bridging Babel: New Social Media and Interre
REPORT: Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, “Bridging Babel: New Social Media and Interreligious and Intercultural Understanding,” Georgetown University, April 2010.
Students at the Berkley Center at Georgetown University helped to produce this report on the sometimes productive, sometimes counterproductive role of social media in intercultural and interreligious understanding.
Ernest J. Wilson III. “Globalization, Information Technology, and Conflict in the Second and Third W
REPORT: Ernest J. Wilson III. “Globalization, Information Technology, and Conflict in the Second and Third Worlds: A Critical Review of the Literature.” Project on World Security: The Rockefeller Brothers Fund (1998).
This report provides a general review of the rise of information technology vis-à-vis conflict. It is particularly useful in assessing early predictions of conflict.
Frohardt, Mark and Jonathan Temin. “Use and Abuse of Media in Vulnerable Societies.”
REPORT: Frohardt, Mark and Jonathan Temin. “Use and Abuse of Media in Vulnerable Societies.” October 2003. This report suggests a means of analyzing how media is used or misused in “vulnerable societies” and provides some policy suggestions for the international community.
Heinzelman, Jessica and Carol Waters. “Crowdsourcing Crisis Information in Disaster-Affected Haiti.”
REPORT: Heinzelman, Jessica and Carol Waters. “Crowdsourcing Crisis Information in Disaster-Affected Haiti.” September 2010. Heinzelman’s and Waters’ report discusses how crowdsourcing information from social media (like blogs, Facebook, and Twitter) was used to gain reliable information in Haiti in the aftermath of the January 12, 2010, earthquake.
Himelfarb, Sheldon. “Can You Help Me Now? Mobile Phones and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan.”
REPORT: Himelfarb, Sheldon. “Can You Help Me Now? Mobile Phones and Peacebuilding in Afghanistan.” United States Institute of Peace Special Report (2010). Himelfarb offers an overview of the role of mobile phones in Afghanistan: their increasing prevalence, the challenges to the market’s growth, their usefulness in financial sector security, potential future uses, an assessment of needs, and the role of international organizations in supporting the positive effects of mobile technology.
Horton, Forest Woody. “Understanding Information Literacy: A Primer.”
REPORT: Horton, Forest Woody. “Understanding Information Literacy: A Primer.” IFAP – Information for All Programme, UNESCO (2008).
Horton presents a report from UNESCO about the importance of learning and of mastering learning skills in coping with challenges and making better decisions. This can be applied to the “digital divide” and can highlight some of the meaning behind the proliferation of cheap technology.
Kinkaid, Sheila and Katrin Verclas. “Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in Mobile Use by
REPORT: Kinkaid, Sheila and Katrin Verclas. “Wireless Technology for Social Change: Trends in Mobile Use by NGOs.” 2008. This report from the UN Foundation examines how nongovernmental organizations are using wireless technology to meet their social, civil, economic, and political goals. It finds, among other things, that 86 percent of NGO employees are using wireless technology in their work.
Meier, Patrick and Diane Coyle. “UN Foundation Vodaphone Report: New Technologies in Emergencies and
REPORT: Meier, Patrick and Diane Coyle. “UN Foundation Vodaphone Report: New Technologies in Emergencies and Conflicts.” (2009) This report looks at the role of new technologies in crisis management and response, organizations that are utilizing new technologies, and efforts to increase the use of innovative technology and social networks.
Melone, Sandra, Georgios Terzis, and Ozsel Belei, “Using Media for Conflict Transformation: The Comm
REPORT: Melone, Sandra, Georgios Terzis, and Ozsel Belei, “Using Media for Conflict Transformation: The Common Ground Experience.” The Berghoff Handbook for Conflict Transformation (2002).
Melone, current executive vice president of Search for Common Ground, and her co-authors discuss “peace journalism” as a means of promoting pluralism and transforming conflict. They suggest that nongovernmental organizations can have a central role in supporting this kind of journalism.
UNESCO. “Power of Peace: Building Peace through Communication and Information,”
REPORT: UNESCO. “Power of Peace: Building Peace through Communication and Information,” Report of UNESCO Global Forum in Indonesia, January 2007. This UNESCO report from a 2007 conference is designed “to develop strategies to best harness the power of the media and ICTs in a practical and effective way for the purpose of building awareness, dialogue, harmony and peace.”
Hersman, Erik. “Erik Hersman on Reporting Crisis via Texting.”
TED TALK: Hersman, Erik. “Erik Hersman on Reporting Crisis via Texting.” April 2009.
In this Ted Talk, Erik Hersman describes how cell phones are being used to map crises in Africa and how Africa is leading the world in utilizing crowdsourcing technology. Through this, not only does the local and international community have access to new data that will help address conflict situations, but Africa’s capacity for innovation is also being developed.
Hodge, Nathan. “Visualizing the Underwear Bomber’s Online Life.”
BLOG POST: Hodge, Nathan. “Visualizing the Underwear Bomber’s Online Life.” January 7, 2010.
This blog post discusses a means of visualizing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s online activities over a three-year period and what the information can tell us about how his online life contributed to his actions.
WEBSITE: “Media, Conflict, and Peacebuilding.” 2010.
This website from the United States Institute of Peace provides a number of articles and resources on the nexus of media and peace. USIP considers communications and media to be one of its critical issue areas—a recognition of new media’s importance vis-à-vis conflict and peace.
“PopTech: PeaceTXT: Using Mobile Technology to End Violence.”
WEBSITE: “PopTech: PeaceTXT: Using Mobile Technology to End Violence.” 2010. This is the website of a coalition of organizations that are aiming to harness the power of mobile technology to end and prevent violence.
Finel, Bernard I. and Lord, Kristen M., eds. Power and Conflict in the Age of Transparency
BOOK: Finel, Bernard I. and Lord, Kristen M., eds.
Power and Conflict in the Age of Transparency. New York: Palgrave, 2000.
The editors point out that if wars occur as a result of misinformation, information technology proliferation that results in transparency could help prevent such wars. However, proliferation can also result in confusion and impede traditional diplomatic practices.
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Gorman, Lyn and David McLean. Media and Society into the 21st Century: A Historical Introduction
BOOK: Gorman, Lyn and David McLean.
Media and Society into the 21st Century: A Historical Introduction. (2nd edition): West Sussex, U.K. John Wiley and Sons Ltd., 2009.
Gorman and McLean’s volume looks into the role and development of media since the late 19th century. Most of the volume focuses primarily on traditional media, but the second edition includes chapters on new media and the role of technology.
Norris, Pippa. Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty, and the Internet Worldwide
BOOK: Norris, Pippa. Digital Divide: Civic Engagement, Information Poverty, and the Internet Worldwide. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Norris examines Internet access on both a global scale, as well as within societies. She explores the question of whether the Internet represents a revolution and “great equalizer,” or whether it reinforces the existing order.
Weimann, Gabriel. Terror on the Internet: The New Arena, the New Challenges
BOOK: Weimann, Gabriel. Terror on the Internet: The New Arena, the New Challenges. Washington, DC: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2006.
Weimann looks at “cyberterror” as the latest front in modern warfare. Not only does the internet facilitate the coordination of terrorist activities, it is also a medium for attacks on information and infrastructure.
“Common Craft—Our Product is Explanation.” 2010. (accessed December 22, 2010).
This website provides videos that explain sometimes complex concepts in simple ways (for example, how to use various forms of social media). To access relevant videos, click on “Browse Videos,” then the “Technology” tab.
“PeaceMedia | Find, Engage, Share Peace.” 2010. Created in conjunction with Georgetown University’s conflict resolution program, PeaceMedia is USIP’s clearinghouse of online media related to the promotion of peace.