The global cost of armed violence is staggering. Cyberspace offers genuine opportunities to enhance community security and resilience, citizen participation, human rights reporting and inter-communal bridge-building.
Armed violence impedes development, prolongs underdevelopment, facilitates corruption and undermines institutions. Cyberspace is extending the capacities of violent actors – both state and non-state — to surveil, intimidate, recruit and act. New communication technologies offer unprecedented opportunities for armed violence prevention and reduction.
The SecDev Foundation’s directors drafted OECD’s 2009 guidelines on Armed Violence Reduction, with a strong focus on citizen and community security and resilience. The Foundation’s work on Open Empowerment includes a stream on violent non-state actors and community responses. Our work on Syria is expanding to leverage advanced analytics in support of inter- and intra-communal dialogue, and strategic communications for non-violent organizations. Since 2011, the Foundation has worked with the International Peace Institute, the Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Social Science Research Council to sponsor the International Expert Forum on the future of Peacekeeping. As of 2012, the SecDev Foundation is partnering with Igarapé Institute and others to develop new apps to track the use of force by police and crowd-reporting for community security.