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Global Outlook: Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding

Artificial Intelligence Is a Threat to Society

By Don Byrd  |  23 November, 2023

Many things that AI is being used for now or is likely to be used for soon bother me. Some actually scare me, and I hope they scare you!

Building Tech “Trust and Safety” for a Digital Public Sphere

By Lisa Schirch  |  10 October, 2022

The first annual “Trust and Safety” conferences took place this week in Palo Alto, California. Tech platform staff from Zoom, Meta, TikTok, and DoorDash met together with researchers studying how to reduce the harmful content on social media platforms.

Disinformation: A Growing Threat for Faith-Based Organisations 

By Prithvi Iyer and Zoe Skoric  |  08 August, 2022

From hindering public health efforts to disrupting election cycles, it is clear that disinformation threatens public trust and democratic principles worldwide. Yet, despite disinformation becoming a more prevalent topic within the international community, its impact on the operations and public image of faith-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs) remains relatively unexplored. With nearly 60% of U.S.-based foreign assistance organisations being faith-based, it is essential to not only understand the impact of disinformation on these organisations, but also to examine the strategies used to counter disinformation so that it does not adversely impact their humanitarian work.

The Taliban's Social Media Warfare Operation Toward Seizing Kabul

By Iria Puyosa  |  17 October, 2021

In their advance towards Kabul, the Taliban were anticipating their military victory through WhatsApp's voice notes, tweets, and Facebook posts. The Taliban insurgency crafted transmedia storytelling on how Afghan army soldiers were surrendering without much fighting. On the eve of the seizure of Kabul, images shot by mobile phones and drones were transmitted to the world, showing scenes of the Taliban's march toward victory.

Digital Violence Prevention During the Pandemic

By Lisa Schirch  |  13 August, 2021

Even before the pandemic, social media was creating a “techtonic shift” in human relations by acting as a vehicle for organising violence, amplifying disinformation and xenophobic conspiracies, and polarising public discourse.

Using Social Media and #ENDSARS to Dismantle Nigeria’s Hierarchical Gerontocracy

By Medinat Abdulazeez Malefakis  |  29 January, 2021

On October 3 2020, a video of a Nigerian Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) attack on a victim began to spread on social media, showing a young man shot and SARS operatives driving away in a Lexus SUV. The attack sparked public outrage, and the #ENDSARS hashtag became the most popular Twitter trend in the world, garnering about 28 million tweets on the first weekend. Young people took to the streets, beginning on October 8 2020, to peacefully demand the abolition of SARS.

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