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Violent Extremism on-line: Drivers, Evidence and a Way Forward

What are the drivers of violent extremism on-line? What do we know about its impact? How do we engage industry and leverage the potential of modern analytical techniques to create capabilities to monitor for “risk factors” while remaining consistent with important principles as the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights?  One option is to...
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Introducing the Human Rights Documentation Toolkit

The SecDev Foundation is proud to introduce the Human Rights Documentation Toolkit. Developed in partnership with the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), the Human Rights Documentation Toolkit is a multidisciplinary, interactive online portal providing human rights documenters with existing documentation resources and tools, broadly accepted practices, and ongoing support from other documentation stakeholders. The online...
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Peacetech and the Syrian Conflict: New Report By The British Council

The British Council recently published a new report looking at peacetech initiatives responding to the Syrian crisis. Our own projects – SalamaTech and Be Heard – were featured in the study, which also quoted our Executive Director, Deirdre Collings. The report, entitled “Innovative Peacebuiding in Syria: A Scoping Study of the Strategic Use of Technology...
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Canada and the Digital Economy: Youth, Talent, and Innovation

Join the CIC National Capital Branch for Politics @ the Pub: Canada and the Digital Economy: Youth, Talent, and Innovation Monday, September 19th 18:00 – 20:30  On June 14, 2016, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) launched a consultation process in support of Canada’s Innovation Agenda. Key intersecting pillars of the Government of Canada’s new Innovation...
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Look Beyond the CVE Buzzwords; See the People

With all the talk of countering violent extremism (CVE), it can be easy to lose sight of the most important aspect of any conflict: people. To actually affect change and help at-risk youth, for example, to find an alternative path, those kids must become the focus of our efforts. Fostering earnest human connections across cultures...
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China’s Rising Cyber Power: Assessing the Implications

The Canadian International Council (CIC) National Capital Branch, Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) and the SecDev Foundation present: China’s Rising Cyber Power: Assessing the Implications Tuesday, September 13th China’s emergence as a major global power is reshaping the cyber domain. The country has the world’s largest internet-user community, a growing economic footprint...
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Why Helping Syrians is Harder than it Should Be

While the Syrian civil war continues to rage more than five years on, the challenges in helping Syrians caught in conflict grow. The U.N. estimates that 13.5 million Syrians are in need of assistance – their situations vary, and some, such as refugees, are easier to reach and help. But what about the estimated 4.5 million...
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