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Violence Prevention and Reduction

Violence Reduction & Prevention

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 to 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.

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‘Social media can be used to power civil resistance in nonviolent movements that seek to end oppression and bloodshed” – Patrick Meier, iRevolution.net For more information about this event, visit the official website. Social media, big data, the Internet. They have changed the world. They have changed conflict. Revolutions are tweeted. Information is warfare. Citizen journalists...
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The SalamaTech Project builds the capacity of Syrian civil society to communicate safely online The SalamaTech project supports Syrian civil society and human rights defenders to operate safely and effectively online. Since the project launch in 2012, the SalamaTech team has helped tens of thousands of Syrians learn how to stay safe online in Syria...
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Human Rights Documentation Toolkit

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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Digital Report

Digital Report Digital Report is an online Russian-language source of news, analysis, statistics, and professional resources on information and telecommunication developments in Eurasia. Upholding the values of freedom of expression and respect for human rights, Digital Report relies on an extensive partner network of Eurasia-based experts to provide in-depth reporting and professional resources on politics, regulation, business, and rights and freedoms in the digital age....
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International Expert Forum

The International Expert Forum (IEF) promotes the exchange of knowledge between policy makers, practitioners and academics working on peace and security. It consists of a series of seminars held at the UN Headquarters in New York. The primary purpose is to improve practice by trying to identify what seems to be effective measures, by whom,...
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