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We rely on the media to understand key issues and remain grounded to our essence of supporting peace through tech. It's part of why we are working to prevent violence against journalists around the world and why we advocate for the media as a catalyst for social change. 

This week, we are bringing you three important conversations about peacebuilding. These discussions are relevant to our work, and reveal how technology can make a real difference during these challenging times.

How Will the Coronavirus Reshape Democracy and Governance Globally?
Frances Z. Brown, Sasika Brechenmacher,  Thomas Carothers | Carnegie Endowment 

These scholars explore a question that might be on all of our minds -- to what extent, if at all, is the pandemic leading to better leadership from governments and more participation from citizens? Through nuanced analysis, and with the opinions of several experts, this article explores the complexity of governance during and after COVID-19.

Why Skim: This organized report offers analysis of key issues and trends in global governance that give insight into the effects of the pandemic on peace. Skimming through this document can expose us to the many ways governments are reacting to COVID. Data and accurate reporting can be used to measure the merit of these trends or assumptions about peace. 

How we are taking this on: Because we saw the need to understand how the pandemic will affect global governance, in February, we started tracking government response, violence, and conflict across the globe.  We are compiling data that can show how COVID-19 is reshaping our world -- and you can help by contributing to our tracker today.

Yes, we can meet online. But can we negotiate peace there?
Juan Diaz-Prinz | USIP 

An expert mediator outlines what should be considered when deciding if peace can be negotiated online. His comments assess how trust can be built, meaningful conversations facilitated, and how safe spaces can be designed in the digital world.

Why Read: Diaz-Prinz uncovers the concerns that peacebuilders have about the use of digital tools to achieve peace. He identifies areas of improvement that can be addressed by those on the ‘other side of the bridge’-- tech experts. With technology as a facilitator, peace through digital means is possible. 

How We are Taking this On: In the past, our PeaceTech Exchanges have facilitated in-person training in 19+ countries to empower local communities on how to use low-cost, easy-to-use technology to tackle social and political problems. Today, we are virtualizing this program so that we can share our resources with a wider audience and coalesce around strategies to combat COVID-19.

COVID-19's Unequal Impact on Global Development Professionals
Emma Smith, Vince Chadwick | Devex 

Peacebuilders around the world are concerned about the longevity of their organizations as in-person programs are suspended and funding is reallocated. Smith and Chadwick get to the bottom of this concern by identifying where in the world peacebuilders are most uncertain and what factors might cause that uncertainty. 

Why Discuss: Program insecurity seems to be a broad issue that is felt by many peacebuilders. Take into consideration our ‘skim’ and ‘read’ picks -- how do governance and democracy affect uncertainty in this age? How can digital meeting softwares and communications (tech!) help peacebuilders?

How we are taking this on: By maintaining meaningful discussions with our on-the-ground partners around the world, we are staying attuned to the changing needs and priorities of peacebuilders. We are working alongside local organizations and tech companies to counter misinformation and hate-speech that threatens peace and development everywhere. 

Let us know what you think! How did your discussion go? Email us your thoughts on any one of these articles or respond to our call on Twitter, we might showcase your insights in our next newsletter!

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