May
7
Tue 6:00 PM

Technology for Conflict Prevention: Cyprus, Iraq, Libya, and Sudan

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When: Tuesday, May 7, 2013
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  
Where: Harris Hall, #108
1881 Sheridan Road  
Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: - Faculty/Staff - Student - Public
Contact: Krzysztof M Kozubski  
Group: Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies
Co-sponsor(s): Program of African Studies
Category: Lectures & Meetings

As online and mobile connectivity increases, new ways to collect conflict data, connect people and build social cohesion are emerging. This talk will discuss the main questions that emerge in the use of new technologies for conflict prevention. Questions will be presented in the context of four case studies that the speaker has been directly involved with: two-way communications in Sudan, early warning in Iraq, protection mapping in Libya and a digital space for peacebuilders in Cyprus.

Helena Puig Larrauri is a freelance peacebuilding practitioner. Her work focuses on the use of technology for conflict transformation and social cohesion. She is currently working on projects in Sudan, Iraq, Libya, Cyprus, Macedonia and Romania. Helena advises the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) on the use of innovative technology for conflict prevention. She is also on the Board of Advisors of the Standby Task Force, an online volunteer technical community for crisis response that she co-founded in 2010. She holds a Master in Public Affairs (Economics) from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelor’s degree from Oxford University. She blogs at http://letthemtalk.org.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Forced Migration Studies (CFMS), Center for Global Engagement (CGE), Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights (NUCHR), Middle East and North Africa Program (MENA) & Program of African Studies (PAS).