Will Information Technology Help Build Peace?

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Technology Start-Ups See Hope In Peace Building Applications

Ever watch the show “Silicon Valley”? The “startup guys” hard on their luck, go to a convention all about technology. They end up coming across an app, PeaceFare, which is a game built for peace. But let’s explain. Like sims, users “build peace” by giving out virtual currency to virtual homeless people or even virtual food for starving citizens. But this could be a bit of foreshadowing to reality.

The tech innovations for peace do not require real social impact to be successful. Rather, most people woud be more open to “changing the world” if it came without sacrifice. It sounds callous but makes a lot of sense when you really think about it. Therefore, a technology-based approach to fix conflicts could be a “quick fix” to real solutions.

One way to achieve this is by building a promotable indicator based on statistics. Here’s an example: The UN (United Nations)’s “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is made up of 17 Sustainable Development Goals and it sets out certain end points and milestones. It just doesn’t say how to analyze them. Forming indication methods that can actually tally up progress was handed off to the Inter-Agency and Expert Group.

Nevertheless, the science of peace needs to be understood and technology can be that guide. The goal should be how to understand how people can more effective contribute to society through peace.

This obviously suggests that people must realize how new forms of communication and technology can influence global policy and have everyone act accordingly. With this has come the next wave of tech startups who are scrambling to the “peacebuilding” arena. Government backing and high net worth foundations are helping to foster this recent surge of progress; that can’t hurt either.


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