Media, Tech, & Peacebuilding

As Senior Research Fellow with the Toda Peace Institute, I work full time on the nexus of peacebuilding and technology and direct the Institute’s Social Media and Peacebuilding program.

The Toda Peace Institute’s programme on Social Media and Peacebuilding aims to achieve the following goals:

  • To increase public understanding of the role of social media in both promoting hate and division, and in fostering greater understanding and democracy
  • To foster greater skill and capacity to use social media to support social cohesion, democracy and peace processes.
  • To document the positive and negative impact of social media on conflict dynamics in communities and countries around the world
  • To provide a menu of creative options for addressing social media threats, including recommendations for civil society, governments, and the technology and finance sectors.
  • To foster greater communication and joint problem solving between technology companies, governments, the financial sector, and peacebuilding organizations

Publications:

Mapping Responses to Social Media Threats. Lisa Schirch. Report. Toda Peace Institute. March 2019

Social Media Impacts on Social and Political Goods: A Peacebuilding Perspective. Lisa Schirch. Report. Toda Peace Institute. October 2018.

“A Peacebuilding Approach to Media and Conflict Sensitive Journalism” by Myriam Aziz and Lisa Schirch in The Ecology of Violent Extremism, edited by Lisa Schirch. London: Rowman and Littlefield, 2018.

Why and When to Use the Media in Peacebuilding” L. Schirch and V. Bratic. The Netherlands: Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict, 2008.

Media, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Framework. US Institute of Peace, 2008.