The Lab's Roundup highlighting stories on technology, media, and data in peacebuilding.
View this email in your browser


Working for individuals and communities affected by conflict, using technology, media, & data to accelerate local peacebuilding efforts. 

Special Announcement!

Applications are currently open for our second PeaceTech Accelerator cohort through March 31. We encourage you to send us your peacetech innovation and to share the announcement with other entrepreneurs!

The PeaceTech Accelerator, created in partnership with C5 Capital Limited and Amazon Web Services, is an 8-week program that provides the mentorship and training needed to scale both for- and not-for-profit peacetech initiatives rapidly, securely, and cost-effectively. The first cohort will begin this April at our headquarters in Washington, DC. 

PeaceTech Pulse

What we're listening to, reading, watching, and following this week.

As data becomes more and more integrated with our daily lives, it’s necessary to take a pause and reflect. With data comes a type of ethos that offers to cut through rhetoric and framing to tell the accurate story. However, overconfidence in this ethos can lead to being manipulated or misinformed. In today’s data-driven age, there’s a need for increased data literacy so that individuals can draw their own conclusions, instead of automatically accepting what’s being offered to them. You might not like it, but a cornerstone of such literacy is knowledge of statistics.

Even understanding the importance, many people groan at the thought of statistics. Realizing this, there have been efforts to teach the “need to know” parts of statistics in a straightforward, groan-free way. I Hate Statistics is a Dutch startup aimed at doing just that. They offer paid online modules and other tools to educate people on the essentials for data literacy and have been featured at the UN Data Forum with the tagline “Making Statistics Sexy”.

Another favorite of mine is Seeing Theory by Daniel Kunin with the support of Brown University’s Royce Fellowship. Seeing Theory is a very smooth and streamlined interactive portal where users can learn about the fundamentals of statistics in an interesting and interactive way (plus it’s fun, try it).

Matt Coates is a biomedical engineering student at Drexel University, and part of the Lab’s Peace Engineering Co-Op program. Learn more about Drexel’s Masters in Peace Engineering degree here.


F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on T W I T T E R
F O L L O W on I N S T A G R A M

PeaceTech in Action

Stories from the field. 

CyprusInno was founded on the belief that economic freedom and entrepreneurial capital are tools for peace and prosperity. Steven Stavrou, a Greek Cypriot, and Burak Doluay, a Turkish Cypriot, banded together to connect and lift Cyprus through entrepreneurship and innovation. Together, they created CyprusInno, the first bicommunal digital platform that connects Cypriot entrepreneurs, startups, and innovators.

The CyprusInno website holds the largest database of startups in Cyprus and is the first and only to include startups from both the North and South. Entrepreneurs, innovators, and investors can register to connect with each other. The site also features a startup jobs board, a comprehensive and curated calendar of business events island-wide, and a digital magazine with useful resources for Cyprus entrepreneurs, among other features.   Currently, there are over 1,100 users; a significant number considering the relatively small size of Cyprus.

CyprusInno’s model is supported by economic analysis and opinion from thought leaders that backs the benefits of a Cyprus solution. Unification is estimated to increase the GDP of the entire island, boost employment opportunities, and create growth in various sectors such as tourism, professional services, and higher education. By increasing collaboration between Greek and Turkish Cypriots, particularly entrepreneurs and innovators, the founders hope to create a path for a peaceful and prosperous nation. Burak states, “Political agreements are mostly based on economics. If we create these economic bonds between each other personally, we’re going to make it easier for leaders to prepare these kinds of relations in the future as well.”

Steven and Burak hope to expand CyprusInno’s capacity by offering mentorship, online training and education, in-person bi-communal events, and more. Furthermore, they hope the CyprusInno model can be used to address other conflict regions across the eastern Mediterranean. Stavrou states, “The premise of entrepreneurial capital and economic opportunity as peace building mechanisms is something we want to build this platform on. Business brings people together; economic opportunity brings people together; job creation brings people together.”

In the News

The EU must keep up with new technologies

Advances in technology can help citizens keep their governments accountable but it can also put activists at risk. The European Parliament is working to mitigate this problem.

More trouble for Google: Verizon and AT&T pull some Google ads as concerns mount about hate content

Verizon and AT&T have removed their advertisements from some of Google's platforms after their ads  were placed next to sites and videos that promote terrorism or hate.

Scots technology firm helps Unicef to focus refugee aid

Satellite imagery and data analytics are being used to track internally displaced people in Somalia in order to provide more effective aid.



The United States Institute of Peace published Electing Peace this year which uses case studies from recent elections in Honduras, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malawi and Moldova to examine methods for preventing election violence. The graph depicts the correlation between election violence and the utilization of prevention tools  in the five countries. Negative values indicate reduction in election violence while positive values indicate a rise in election violence. According to the study, security-sector engagement and election management had the highest correlation with reduced election violence. The researchers explained the seemingly poor efficacy of peace messaging, youth programming, and preventative diplomacy with flaws in their implementation. These are longitudinal prevention tools and may effectively reduce election violence if they are introduced well before an election. 
Copyright © 2017 PeaceTech Lab, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list