As part of this initiative, the Center has put on major conferences that have brought together a wide range of leading academic and industry experts. It has produced two papers that laid out an influential framework for analyzing the impact of new media on politics and which took stock of the existing literature, methods, and data.
These conferences and reports have significantly advanced a broad, collective, and collaborative effort to develop policy-relevant and academically rigorous approaches to urgent questions about the impact of new media on conflict and peace.
2013 Events and Publications
- Peacebrief: Social Media Reporting and the Syrian Civil War
The “fog of war” that once obscured our view of conflict zones is quickly giving way to rich information environments due to vast amounts of social media data emerging from these places. But in places like Syria, where traditional news journalists have had little or no access, we have become increasingly dependent on these sources. USIP's Anand Varghese examines the implications of this trend for the field of peacebuilding.
2012 Events and Publications
- Public Event: Groundtruth: New Media, Technology and the Syria Crisis
- PeaceWorks: Blogs and Bullets II: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring
2011 Events and Publications
- Event: Sifting Fact from Fiction: The Role of Social Media in Conflict
- Event: Blogs & Bullets: Social Media and the Struggle for Political Change
2010 Events and Publications
- Event: Mapping the Russian Blogosphere
- Peacebrief: Mapping the Russian Blogosphere
- Special Report: Advancing New Media Research
- Event: Blogs and Bullets: Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict
- PeaceWorks:Blogs & Bullets: New Media in Contentious Politics
2009 Events and Publications
- Event: Online Discourse in the Arab World: Dispelling the Myths
- Peacebrief: Online Discourse in the Arab World: Dispelling the Myths
- Event: Blogs & Bullets: The Power of Online Media in Preventing or Igniting Violent Conflict