Data for Peace Dialogue: Future of Mediation and Peacemaking with Emerging Technologies

In the world of emerging technologies, efforts to end conflict such as mediation and peacemaking are increasingly impacted by digital tools. Traditionally the “low tech” field of mediation, where emotional intelligence, communication, and interpersonal skills had the highest value, is now exploring the potential benefits of emerging technologies. While the growing impact and importance of emerging technologies on mediation and peace processes is not new, the current pandemic emphasizes the urgent need, while also revealing many additional challenges and opportunities that come with the new landscape.

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
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Here are some questions for consideration:

  • How can machine learning make analytical work of peace mediators faster, smarter, and cheaper while increasing the efficiency of peacemaking?
  • How can mediators use big data to predict behavior of conflicting sides?
  • Should the use of social media and machine learning models be part of the agreement between conflicting parties?
  • How can Natural Language Processing with text mining and graph analytics enable inclusion of civilians and amplify their voices in peace processes?
  • As data is never apolitical and new tools can be applied with different what are the current and future risks of applying some of these tools (for example: seeing a rise in new forms of digital colonialism)?


Join this month’s Data for Peace conversation to hear more on the latest and potential future applications of emerging technologies and tools to advance the mediation and peacemaking and discuss challenges and risks they are bringing.


10:00 – 10:10  Welcome and Intro

Paige Arthur, Deputy Director, NYU Center on International Cooperation

Branka Panic, NYU CIC Non-Resident Fellow, AI for Peace Founder 


10:10 – 10:40 “Future of Mediation and Peacemaking with Emerging Technologies”

Katharina E. Höne, Director of Research, DiploFoundation

Daanish Masood, DPPA Innovation Cell Co-Lead, United Nations


10:40 – 11:00    Q&A

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