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Fri, Nov 13, 2009

Digital Media in Conflict-Prone Societies

A new report from the Center for International Media Assistance entitled Digital Media in Conflict-Prone Settings explores the unique conditions under which digital media operate in conflict settings. It was written by Ivan Sigal, executive director of Global Voices and a former senior fellow at the United States Institute for Peace. It makes for an interesting read.
image Here’s the website abstract that accompanies the report:
“Throughout history, war has affected media, with conflict often creating an information void. In the 21st century, media has begun to affect war more than ever before. Digital media technologies x96 particularly participatory, networked tools x96 have increased communication and information dissemination in conflict settings, affecting all sides and involving new producers of news coverage. These new tools can be used to foment violence or to foster peace, and it is possible to build communication systems that encourage dialogue and nonviolent political solutions. The international media development community must adapt its conflict-zone programs to fit a new media environment, designing projects that encompass digital media applications that encourage more open communities and states, provide venues for dialogue, and reduce control of information.”

  

Posted by: Bill Warters on 2009 11 13 | Filed under Conflict Resolution  

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