Thursday, September 6, 2012

Other organizations working on interactive technologies for peace

Looking for other perspectives on technologies for peace? Two successful organizations include the Peace Innovation Team at Stanford University, and the ICT for peace foundation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

HCI for Peace on the cover of interactions magazine

HCI for Peace is the cover story for the September-October 2012 edition of interactions magazine. Let us know what you think about the story, and share your own ideas about how to promote peace through interactive technologies.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

HCI for Peace Workshop at CHI 2012

We had a wonderful workshop on Saturday at the CHI conference. The papers presented at the workshop included a wide range of work, from calming technologies aiming at self-awareness and self-regulation, to  the visualization of data (from detecting land mines to see patterns behind human behavior), to the gathering of data and media from individuals, with the challenges of curation, and finding common narratives that can lead to peace. We also discussed how patterns in the way people experience and share information on conflict can lead to more conflict or to peace. Themes that emerged for further discussion included the high complexity of the challenges, the importance of context and different viewpoints, and the role of design.

We also had a chance to explore issues of professional ethics, making (non-violent) conflict constructive, and tensions with the use of the word "peace". In particular, we agreed that the efforts we discussed were directed at preventing, de-escalating, recovering, and minimizing the damage from armed conflicts.