GENEVA – APRIL 21, 2021 – Enhancing its tools and analysis to address the digital dimensions of conflict, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD) has set up a high-level experts group to increase cross-sector understanding and collaboration around social media and peace agreements.
“As a field, mediation has not kept pace with the digital age. Without addressing these modern realities, peace agreements will only partially solve conflict,” said Maude Morrison, social media advisor at HD. “We have a great deal to learn from these experts, who are working at the cutting edge of social media and conflict.”
HD – an independent, non-profit organisation focused on private diplomacy, mediation and peacebuilding initiatives with teams in more than 50 conflict areas around the world – runs a two-part programme on social media and cyber dialogue. The experts group supports the social media and conflict mediation programme.
As social media is used to spread disinformation, incite violence and undermine peace processes, HD’s social media team and the experts group are tackling timely questions such as: How might parties be persuaded to put down their digital weapons? Can mediators broker peace agreements that reduce the corrosive impact of social media? If such agreements were brokered, who would have the legitimacy to monitor them?
Find out more about HD’s social media and conflict mediation programme here.
Members of the experts group – who will convene quarterly to provide technical advice, support HD’s pilots on the ground and foster collaboration between the tech and mediation communities – include:
This work is generously supported by the European Union’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).
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