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Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding Policy Brief  No.103 - February, 2021 • By Paul C. Heidebrecht

Policy Brief No.103: Peacebuilding and the Norms of Technological Change

This policy brief argues that, given the challenges of regulating emerging technologies, peacebuilders need to devote more attention to engaging the private sector in order to influence the culture and ultimately the norms of the organisations and individuals closest to the development of advanced technologies. Running throughout this analysis are references to two contrasting contexts: the innovation ecosystems in Silicon Valley, California, and what has at times been referred to as “Silicon Valley North” in Waterloo, Ontario (Canada).

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