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Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding


To increase public understanding of the role of social media in both promoting hate and division, and in fostering greater understanding and democracy.

Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WeChat are playing both a positive and negative role in social cohesion, conflict dynamics, and broader social issues. Social media can incite hatred and violence, fuel polarization, and build support for authoritarian leaders. Social media can also help people combat hate speech, increase awareness through online dialogue and accurate information, and empower social movements to support democracy and social change. Yet few understand how social media works, how it uses a new “surveillance economy” and the extent of the threats social media poses to societies around the world. Understanding social media algorithms, bots, echo chambers, and the “attention economy” require a new set of capacities.

The Toda Peace Institute’s programme on Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding aims to achieve the following goals:

Researchers and writers who would like to write for the Toda Peace Institute should reach out to Lisa Schirch at

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