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Information and communication technologies in peacebuilding : implications, opportunities and challenges.

Tellidis, Ioannis and Kappler, Stefanie (2016) 'Information and communication technologies in peacebuilding : implications, opportunities and challenges.', Cooperation and conflict., 51 (1). pp. 75-93.

Abstract

Despite the volume of research exploring the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for destructive purposes (terrorism, crime, war propaganda) on the one hand, and development (ICT4D) on the other hand, very little has been said about the role that traditional, and especially new social media, can play for the transformation and prevention of conflicts. This paper recognises ICTs as a tool, thus accepting their multi-level and multi-dimensional potential in the transformation as well as the intransigence and promotion of conflict. The paper seeks to explore: (a) whether ICTs can empower marginalised actors to transcend the peacebuilding and statebuilding processes, and lead to a more locally-owned, more representative transformation of the conflict; (b) whether ICTs can foster more hybrid forms of peace; and (c) whether they can be co-opted as a platform by donors to promote their agendas and impede resistance.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Communication, Empowerment, Information, Peacebuilding, Technology.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0010836715603752
Publisher statement:Tellidis, Ioannis and Kappler, Stefanie (2016) 'Information and communication technologies in peacebuilding : implications, opportunities and challenges.', Cooperation and conflict., 51 (1). pp. 75-93. Copyright © 2015 The Author(s). Reprinted by permission of SAGE Publications.
Date accepted:02 August 2015
Date deposited:27 January 2016
Date of first online publication:24 September 2015
Date first made open access:No date available

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