The Role of ICT in Preventing, Responding to and Recovering from Conflict

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AUTHORS:
ICT4Peace - Daniel Stauffacher, William Drake, Paul Currion and Julia Steinberger

SUMMARY:
In past years, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have helped to improve the well being of individuals and communities at risk. They have given a new meaning to human rights, in particular the freedom of expression and information. They have allowed the creation of better communication and coordination mechanisms, the establishment of early warning systems as well as the development of other tools in the service of the humanitarian, human rights and peace communities. While every technology can be used for good or evil, and no technology is a magic remedy for human problems, understanding the potential and proper use of technologies can allow us to work more effectively and in ways that would not otherwise be possible.