News & Announcements

The Social Dilemma

Oct 2020 - News

In September 2020, Netflix released a new documentary on the dangerous impacts of social media technology called “The Social Dilemma”. Toda Peace Institute Senior Research Fellow Lisa Schirch was asked by the Center for Humane Technology to watch an early release of the video prior to its release. “The Social Dilemma” offers a compelling explanation of why social media platforms are not being responsible about the addictive nature of these technologies, and their divisive and polarising effect on society, including links to the spread of violent extremism.

[SHARE] Environmental Law and Governance in the Pacific

Sep 2020 - News

Click here to read the article. A new volume has been published by Routledge, which addresses the urgent need to understand and analyse the role of law and governance in responding to the unique challenges and pressures in the Pacific. Environmental Law and Governance in the Pacific: Climate Change, Biodiversity and Communities includes a section on Climate Change, including one chapter by Dr Kirsten Davies, a Toda policy brief author and close associate of the Toda Peace Institute. Read more... [Quotation]

[SHARE] India-China border dispute: The curious incident of the a nuclear dog that didn't bark

Sep 2020 - News

Click here to read the article. Like the case of the dog that didn’t bark, which interested the great fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, the nuclear dimension of the recent India-China border clashes was conspicuous by its invisibility. Read more... [Quotation]


Aug 2020 - News

“The Impact of Global Pandemics and Economic Warfare on Global Order, Peace and Security in Northeast Asia” The Director and the Board of the Toda Peace Institute have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Tokyo Colloquium “The Impact of Global Pandemics and Economic Warfare on Global Order, Peace and Security in Northeast Asia” which was due to be held on 30 October. This decision has been taken because of the ongoing impacts of the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic, including travel and gathering restrictions that have affected many countries around the world. While the Director and Board deeply regret making this decision, Toda Peace Institute is continuing its work in many other ways. We thank you for your ongoing support and, like people everywhere, we hope that 2021 sees an easing of restrictions and a more hopeful global situation.

UNDP Panel on Covid 19 and Social Media Disinformation

Aug 2020 - News

Dr Lisa Schirch participated in a webinar (13 July 2020) hosted by the Pakistan National Dialogue Forum and UNDP titled “Fake News and Conspiracy Theories During Covid-19: Challenges and Opportunities for Development Programming”. Dr. Lisa Schirch discusses the various ways in which fake news is spreading and then motivations behind disseminating false information regarding Covid-19: Watch on YouTube Dr. Lisa Schirch discusses how polarization in the American society is being exploited in the pandemic, Humaira Mufti discusses the role of youth in curbing disinformation and Dr. Umar Taj talks about the need of "pre-bunking" rather than "debunking" false information: Watch on YouTube Dr. Lisa Schrich talks about the way the public can play a role in countering fake news by being "up-standers" rather than "bystanders". Fasi Zaka discusses the role of the local government as an effective response to the pandemic which has largely been ignored: Watch on YouTube