PeaceTech is Good for Business

PeaceTech is Good for Business

VantagePoints

Disruptions and regional unrest in today’s world have far-reaching implications. Increasingly, it is becoming clear that peace is not just a social ideal, but a necessary condition for international commerce. Dr. Rohini Srihari is Chief Data Scientist at PeaceTech Lab, housed at the United States Institute of Peace. Her work has spanned the areas of artificial intelligence, multimedia information retrieval, computational linguistics and text mining. Dr. Srihari spoke with us regarding a multi-purpose technological solution she has developed that delivers critical data for international business and peacebuilding. This technology is called groundTruth, and it provides not only real-time monitoring of disruptive risks across the world, but also historical trends and predictive forecasting across a multitude of factors.

Afghanistan's Great App Escape

Afghanistan's Great App Escape

OZY

Security issues shut down businesses in the Western world, but Afghans are increasingly using technology to keep work going. An explosive boom in mobile phone usage and in apps is shaping the way people communicate, stay safe, keep informed and fill governance voids. This fast growth has spawned some concerns within the Afghan government over the possibility of terrorists also using technology. But the wide support these web-based platforms tailored to Afghanistan’s specific needs enjoy has stymied government efforts to overregulate the internet.

It Takes a Tech Village to Tackle the World's Energy Crisis at Scale

It Takes a Tech Village to Tackle the World's Energy Crisis at Scale

SILICONANGLE

It sounds like a fairly basic solution for today’s energy crisis. Take large amounts of organic waste, convert it to biogas, generate electricity and heat, and store the excess for later use, making life easier for millions of people without access to sources of reliable energy. Simple.

Yet, behind this basic approach from a startup called SEaB Energy Ltd. lies a more complicated and fundamental issue. The world is a big place with a lot of people and many problems that can’t be quickly or easily solved. How exactly can technology play a role and make a meaningful difference in the lives of citizens around the globe?

Startup Increases Accountability for Charitable Micro-donations

Startup Increases Accountability for Charitable Micro-donations

SILICONANGLE

Washington, D.C. is becoming a hotbed for collaboration among government agencies, non-profit ventures, charitable foundations and private investors, all looking to drive social change through technology. The third cohort of the PeaceTech Accelerator, an accelerator dedicated to reducing violence and scaling peacebuilding efforts through technology, includes OneRelief, a non-profit charitable donation platform that is taking an innovative approach to micro-donations.

Unleashing the Power of Data Analytics for African Business

Unleashing the Power of Data Analytics for African Business

SILICONANGLE

Like air or water, people tend to take data for granted. A gigabyte here or there generally doesn’t add up to a lot of money. But what if one gigabyte of data cost more than nice percent of a person’s average monthly income? Read how SuperFluid Labs, a member of the PeaceTech Accelerator's 3rd cohort, is working to solve this problem.

Report on the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression in South Sudan Since the July 2016 Crisis

United Nations Mission in South Sudan and the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner

This report from UNMISS and OHCHR analyzes the right to freedom of opinion and expression in South Sudan from July 2016 to December 2017. PeaceTech Lab Africa's integral work on hate speech in South Sudan is referenced on page 30.

1,055 Terrorist Attacks Took Place in 2017, Resulting in 6,123 Fatalities

1,055 Terrorist Attacks Took Place in 2017, Resulting in 6,123 Fatalities

DAILY NEWS EGYPT

The death toll from global terrorism-related attacks accounted for approximately 6,123 fatalities in 2017, including the Friday Rawda mosque attack in Egypt, according to data from the “terrorist attacks map”, a collaboration between the Esri Story Maps team and PeaceTech Lab, made to present a chronology of terrorist attacks around the globe.

Accelerators Help Fuel Over 1200 Startups with $17m in 2017, Reveals Data

Accelerators Help Fuel Over 1200 Startups with $17m in 2017, Reveals Data

Venture Burn

Looking for some big money in exchange for support and recognition? You could try a business accelerator. In all, 19 South African and international accelerators tracked by Ventureburn have so far this year given out a total of $17-million in funding to 1,241 startups. At about $37,000 per startup, that isn’t anything to sniff at.

Gaza Instagram Stars Want World to Get the Picture

Gaza Instagram Stars Want World to Get the Picture

Yahoo News

Sheldon Himelfarb, CEO of US-based PeaceTech Lab which has researched how social media impacts political awareness, said social media can help break down barriers between people across the globe.

But he warned researchers were still trying to assess whether the selective nature of what is published helps or hinders efforts to gain a fuller picture.

"I believe in my conversations with university students. They seem to imply they are more aware about parts of the world than certainly their parents were. But whether or not they are more accurately informed I don't know."

Report Indicates Evolving Trends in Hate Speech on Social Media

Report Indicates Evolving Trends in Hate Speech on Social Media

Radio Miraya

A report by PeaceTech Lab, operating under the United States Institute for Peace, shows that words that were once used against a specific ethnicity in South Sudan are now being used to target different groups to match the changing context of the conflict. Theo Dolan, Director of PeaceTech Lab Africa, says abusive and dangerous language continues to be disseminated across various social media platforms.

Podcast: PeaceTech and Data Collection for Rule of Law

INPROL

In this podcast, INPROL Director Lelia Mooney and Senior Program Assistant Chelsea Dreher discuss data collection technologies with Derek Caelin, Senior Specialist for PeaceTech Lab. Derek works on the Lab’s PeaceTech Exchange program, an initiative to connect peacebuilders in conflict zones to media, technology, and data for them help them achieve their objectives. Working with local partners, Derek and the PeaceTech Exchange team have put on workshops in countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan to address issues such as Transparency & Accountability, Countering Violent Extremism and Gender Based Violence.

PeaceTech Lab Unites Bright Minds in Pursuit of Peace

PeaceTech Lab Unites Bright Minds in Pursuit of Peace

Mashable

As an independent nonprofit, the Lab brings together do-gooders that run the professional gamut: engineers, entrepreneurs, activists, conflict experts, social scientists, data scientists, and more. The concept is simple: Bring together bright, optimistic minds in order to find solutions that will bring peace and prosperity to communities around the globe.

C5 Accelerate Enters into Partnership with SAP NS2™

prweb

C5 Accelerate (C5A), the Cloud Innovation Centre for best-of-breed startups, has today announced that it has entered into a new Innovation Partnership with SAP National Security Services, Inc. (SAP NS2™) the independent, US subsidiary SAP, and leading provider of national security enterprise technology. This partnership will further strengthen the work being done by C5A’s Washington PeaceTech Accelerator to identify and nurture rising stars within the global peacetech market. The Peacetech Accelerator is operated in partnership with Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) and PeaceTech Lab, and is focused on attracting and monitoring companies seeking to tackle national security issues and address the root causes of conflict, particularly in crisis zones.