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Tuesday, March 12 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
New Technology for Conflict Prevention

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For decades, conflict prevention practitioners have searched for creative ways to bring about human connections that bridge opposed positions. Public information campaigns, reconciliation conferences and exchanges between groups all provide the reflective space for alternative narratives.
As online and mobile connectivity increases, new ways to connect people and build social cohesion are emerging. Peace messages delivered via SMS can have a wider and more timely reach. Reconciliation conferences can be supplemented with online collaborative formulation of peace agreements, drawing on one-texting practices. Exchange visits can be augmented by online interactions, building on existing social networks. Platforms for collaborative design and funding of community projects can be used to identify and deliver “peace dividends.”
This panel will explore how peacebuilding practitioners leverage new technologies to create virtual adaptations of traditional conflict prevention activities.
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Anne Kahl

Programme Specialist, Conflict PreventionUnited Nations Development ProgrammeAnne Kahl is Conflict Prevention Specialist with the Conflict Prevention Group, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). Her work with Conflict Prevention focuses... Read More →
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Helena Puig Larrauri

Peacebuilding ConsultantChange AssemblyHelena Puig Larrauri is a peacebuilding practitioner, with experience in the use of technology for conflict prevention. She served as peacebuilding specialist and analyst at UNDP Sudan until 2012, working with communities to identify conflict... Read More →
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Patrick Meier

Dir of Social InnovationQatar Computing Research Institute & PeaceTXTPatrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social... Read More →
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Margarita Quihuis

Dir, Stanford Peace Innovation LabStanford Peace Innovation Labsocial entrepreneur and mentor capitalist, Margarita Quihuis’s career has focused on innovation, technology incubation, access to capital and entrepreneurship. Her accomplishments include directorship of Astia (formerly... Read More →

Tuesday March 12, 2013 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB