New app lets public help map disasters, conflicts and outbreaks

By Lin Taylor LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Swiping right or tapping on a mobile phone are not typical ways of helping poor communities, but a new app launched by a medical charity on Friday aims to use technology to help aid workers map areas at risk of conflict, disasters and disease. Using the latest

Facebook’s Free Basics Incubator

Facebook and its initiative (now called ‘Free Basics’), have faced their fair share of criticism, but I’m guessing that neither is going away anytime soon. So, here’s something that may be of interest to folks working with and/or designing mobile tools for lower income populations or those with lower end phones. Praekelt Foundation is partnering with Facebook on an open source toolkit of technologies and strategies that will open the Free Basics platform to more organizations and/or tech developers to adapt existing services or create new ones for distribution through the web and the Free Basics platform. Praekelt Foundation will be running this incubator for Free Basics. It will provide 100 social change organizations with tools, service and support worth a total of $200,000

Community Survey: Use of Digital Clinical Resources

Digital clinical resources are on- and off-line tools that are used in the context of medical education and/or care delivery with the overarching goal of Read More


2016: End of year review

Dear colleagues and friends, For many across the world, 2016 was a year of unexpected turbulence, from on-going violent conflicts and the plight of refugees, to violent terrorist attacks in cities across the globe, to unexpected voting patterns the outcome of which raise challenging questions about the future of democracy. Unfortunately, news that helps us understand and media that helps frame and contextualise these and other developments, remain elusive. The ICT4Peace Foundation, which celebrated in March 2016 its 10 Year Anniversary, continued this year its core mission – in cooperation with its many partners –  to promote peace and security in cyberspace, through inter alia efforts to promote norms of responsible behaviour and confidence building measures as well as capacity building,  to respond to the use of the internet for terrorist purposes, to prevent violent extremism online, to verify social media content, and to promote better use of ICTs in the domains of refugees and protection of civilians as well as peacekeeping and peace building operation

When your best might not be good enough.

As most people working in global development will know, poverty isn’t a static state. It’s not ‘simply’ a case of helping lift people out and then moving on to other things. Poverty as a state is fluid, one which the majority of people repeatedly drift in and out of over time. Problem-solving more broadly in international development follows a similar pattern. Some problems seem solved, only for them to return later.

Workshop on International Cyber Security Policy and Diplomacy for OSCE Field Staff

ICT4Peace was invited by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna to conduct a workshop on 14 and 15 December 2016 for OSCE field staff on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the context of regional and international security. The objective of the training was for OSCE cyber focal points to have a better understanding about: (1) international/regional discussions, efforts and tools to counter the misuse of ICTs as part of promoting international peace and security; (2) the application of international law, norms of responsible state behavior as well as confidence building measures related to cyberspace; (3) potential activities that could support efforts to enhance cyber-stability between States and/or reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the use of ICTs as well as national cyber/lCT security resilience in line with key OSCE commitments.

ICT4Peace lecture at the University of St. Gallen on Building an International Governance for…

ICT4Peace’s Dr. Daniel Stauffacher was invited to give a lecture at the University of St.


Press Conference at the UN, 2 December 2016 Left: Daniel Stauffacher, Ambassador (ret.), Founder and President, ICT4Peace Foundation, Rapporteur Middle: Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate Right: RasmusWandall, General Counsel to the Intl Association of Prosecutors & Affiliated Research Fellow, Uni of Bergen, Norway On the occasion of the Special Meeting of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee held in New York on 1-2 December 2016, ICT4Peace and the UN Counter Terrorism Executive Directorate (UNCTED) presented an initial Report on the findings of a joint project on ‘Private Sector Engagement in Responding to the Use of the Internet and ICT for Terrorist Purposes: Strengthening Dialogue and Building Trust’. The report can be accessed here. The UN CTED Technical Session that marked the first day of meetings featured a panel on “International cooperation and public-private partnership while respecting international human rights”, during which members of the UNCTED-ICT4Peace project Advisory Group from Microsoft, Facebook and Telefónica presented on how their companies are responding to terrorist use of their technologies and services, and the normative framework guiding that response

ICT4Peace briefs the UN Security Council on Cybersecurity and International Peace and Security

ICT4Peace was invited on 28 November 2016 to brief the members of the UN Security Council on Cybersecurity and International Peace and Security. The Arria-formula meeting was co-chaired by Secretary of State Félix Sanz (Spain) and Ambassador Fodé Seck (Senegal), President of the Security Council in November 2016 and co-organized by these two countries. Daniel Stauffacher, representing the ICT4Peace Foundation urged the UN Security Council to engage more actively in conflict prevention in cyberspace, – as the first destructive acts of offensive cyber operations have occurred – and not wait that new threats materialise and violent conflicts erupt

UN Press Briefing with UNCTED, ICT4Peace and International Association of Prosecutors on…

In the context of the Special meeting of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee on Preventing the exploitation of information and communication technologies (ICT) for terrorist purposes, while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms on 1 December 2016 a press briefing was held by ASG Jean-Paul Laborde, Executive Director of the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), Ambassador (ret.) Daniel Stauffacher, Founder and President of ICT4Peace and Dr. Rasmus H. Wandall, General Counsel of the International Association of Prosecutors, on how terrorists can be prevented from exploiting information and communication technologies

Fake news in Myanmar: Social Media verification workshop

An informal workshop on verifying news and information spread across social media was held recently at Phandeeyar in Yangon, Burma, led by the Foundation’s Special Advisor, Sanjana Hattotuwa. Amongst the confirmed participants were: Media and Media Support Organizations Irrawaddy BBC Media Action Kumudra and Modern Journal Democratic Voice of Burma Myanmar Journalism Institute Civil Society Organizations PEN Myanmar People in Need Burma Human Rights Network Myanmar ICT Development Organization Center for Diversity and National Harmony Women Peace Arakan Network Funders, Researchers, INGOS Andaman Research and Advisory Peace Support Fund The Swedish Burma Committee Fortify Rights Humanitarian Dialogue Center Covering Google, Error Level Analysis for images, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and other topics, the workshop was anchored to the source evaluation module of a longer course run by the ICT4Peace Foundation on the use of new media in crisis management. The workshop also drew on Sanjana’s experience of countering-rumors and violent extremism in Sri Lanka.

Invitation to screening of ‘The Look of Silence’

The ICT4Peace Foundation is pleased to invite you to the screening of the critically acclaimed and award winning documentary, The Look of Silence, as part of the Human Rights Film Festival, Zurich. Sunday, 11th December 2016 Arthouse Uto Kalkbreitestrasse 3, Zurich 11.30hrs Q&A with Joshua Oppenenheimer at 13.15hrs (over Skype video) Released in 2014, the film is directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and is about the Indonesian killings of 1965–66.

What a Trump Presidency Might Mean For Global Health

Last week, the world was shocked by the news that Donald Trump would become the next United States President. In this post, Emory University’s James Michiel takes a first look at how this surprising result might influence global health in the coming years. ON Wednesday 9th November, America woke up to the shocking news that, after a long, bitter election cycle, Donald J. Trump, the reality television star and controversial businessman, had bested former Senator and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to become the next President of the United States. The news was a startling surprise to those who had trusted the statisticians and prognosticators who had predicted a sweeping victory for the Democratic nominee, and a terrifying shock to those who have been disgusted by Trump’s oftentimes violently racist and misogynist rhetoric throughout the campaign

An app. For my children.

It’s no secret to readers of this blog that for a while now I’ve been attempting to get back into coding. This, combined with a growing interest in building sustainability into many of my projects, has fuelled my interest in the potential of mobile apps to build out some of my ideas. Today sees the launch of my first experimental app. While I didn’t write the code it’s been a useful exercise in understanding the process of app design, app development, testing and publishing.

ICT4Peace at Munich Security Conference: Cybersecurity must be part of the Global Development…

ICT4Peace was invited to participate in Munich Security Conference’s (MSC) Cybersecurity Summit Silicon Valley 2016 on 19 and 20 September 2016. When discussing the issue of capacity building in Cybersecurity, ICT4Peace’s Daniel Stauffacher, speaking from the floor, reiterated the importance of capacity building to build a safer global cyberspace and especially the need to also include the developing and emerging economies in the debate at the UN and elsewhere, on norms, rules and principles of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace and the promotion of confidence building measures (CBMs) to prevent an escalation of cyber-attacks. He expressed his concern, that despite numerous efforts, cybersecurity capacity building has still not sufficiently entered the international development cooperation debate, neither in the context of the UN SDGs, nor e.g.

ICT4Peace Cybersecurity Policy and Diplomacy workshop for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam

In cooperation with the Government of the Lao PDR, ICT4Peace organised it’s Workshop on Cybersecurity Policy and Diplomacy in Vientiane for the CLMV Countries Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. Over 40 Diplomats and Officials from Certs and other Ministries, Academics and Private Sector Companies from CLMV countries as well as international experts participated in this two day Workshop on 31 October and 1 November 2016. The Workshop was opened by the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Lao PDR.

New Media Course: Tools & Techniques for Civilian Crisis Management

The challenge for journalists and experts working in civilian crisis management is finding a way to filter the information and determine what is relevant with the overload of information, and further, to communicate that effectively to the right people in an efficient manner. This course introduces participants to a variety of new and social media tools, platforms and apps used in the collection, presentation, verification and dissemination of information.

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