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[SSCI Journal] Information and communication technologies in peacebuilding: Implications, opportunities and challenges

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(2016) Information and Communication Technologies in Peacebuilding: Implications, Opportunities and Challenges


By Ioannis Tellidis, Stefanie Kappler

Journal Title : Cooperation and Conflict
2016, Vol. 51(1) 75-93
Published  September 24, 2015
ISSN : 0010-8367

Abstract

Despite the volume of research exploring the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for destructive purposes (terrorism, crime, war propaganda) on the one hand, and development (ICT4D) on the other hand, very little has been said about the role that traditional, and especially new social media, can play for the transformation and prevention of conflicts. This paper recognises ICTs as a tool, thus accepting their multi-level and multi-dimensional potential in the transformation as well as the intransigence and promotion of conflict. The paper seeks to explore: (a) whether ICTs can empower marginalised actors to transcend the peacebuilding and statebuilding processes, and lead to a more locally-owned, more representative transformation of the conflict; (b) whether ICTs can foster more hybrid forms of peace; and (c) whether they can be co-opted as a platform by donors to promote their agendas and impede resistance.

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0010836715603752?journalCode=caca


About Cooperation and Conflict 

Published for over 50 years, Cooperation and Conflict is a peer reviewed journal committed to publishing high quality articles that examines a broad set of research questions. It believes in academic pluralism and thus does not represent any specific methodology, approach, tradition or school. The mission of the journal is to publish work that is theoretically informed, empirically rich, and methodologically rigorous, and which advances the state of the art of the discipline through theoretical, conceptual and methodological innovation. Cooperation and Conflict has a tradition to publish on Nordic and European Affairs. The journal strictly adheres to a double-blind review policy.