Launch of the CyberMediation initiative – New technologies for political mediation: opportunities and risks

On 13 March 2018, the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD), alongside the United Nations (UN) Department of Political Affairs, DiploFoundation, swisspeace and senior researchers from Harvard University, will launch the “CyberMediation Initiative”, a joint project which seeks to explore how digital technology is impacting the work of mediators in preventing and resolving violent conflicts worldwide.

The Initiative

Digital technology is having an increasingly strong impact on our societies and professional lives, and will have deep consequences on the way we conduct business in virtually every area. Peacemaking is no exception.

As a traditionally low-tech, human-intensive field, mediation is facing opportunities and challenges stemming from the use and misuse of new technologies including smart applications, social media and big data. The CyberMediation initiative will initially look at the impact of new technologies on mediation, the use of social media by mediators, the relevance of digital data for mediation as well as artificial intelligence and text-mining for mediation.

The event

The CyberMediation Initiative will be officially launched in Geneva, Switzerland on 13 March 2018 at 12:30, at the World Meteorological Organization (Geneva Internet Platform, 2nd floor, WMO building).

Programme

12:30    Lunch and refreshments

13:00    Message by Mr Michael Møller, Director-General, UN Geneva

13:15    Presentation of, and discussion on, the CyberMediation initiative

14:45    Coffee and networking

Contact and registration

Registration for online and in situ participation is now open.

To attend the event, or participate in the webinar, please register here or contact Ms Barbara Rosen Jacobson at barbarar@diplomacy.edu.