Media are important strategic channels for actors within conflict, peace, security and social processes – including governments, politicians, rebel groups, humanitarian aid organizations, and terrorists. Mass media, traditional media, digital media and ‘new media’ are platforms where actors try to harness media in their battle for winning 'hearts and minds'. But how do actors engage with their media environments? Do they see it merely as a platform? And how do media platforms affect social processes? Can media be a facilitator of change, or continuance? Of violence, or peace? 

New Project on Online Dangerous Speech and Violence (ODAS)

​​The ambition of the ODAS project is to explain how online dangerous speech contributes to communal violence in India. The ultimate ambition of ODAS is to test a causal connection between dangerous online speech and violence. To do so, speech and violence data must be merged.

This is one out of five PRIO projects that today have received funding from the Research Council of Norway.

Julie Marie Hansen Presents Paper on the Use of Social Media and the Prevention of SGBV

​Julie Marie Hansen, Doctoral Researcher at PRIO, presented a paper at the international conference ‘Social Media in Armed Conflict’ on 25-26 November 2020.

Extended deadline: Call for Papers: Social Media in Armed Conflict

​The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Myanmar Institute for Peace and Security (MIPS) invite submissions of abstracts for papers to be presented at the Social Media in Armed Conflict conference, to be held on 25-26 November 2020. The conference will focus on the broad theme of social media and digital information and communication technologies (ICTs) in armed conflict and peace processes, with a particular focus on Myanmar. The deadline for submitting an abstract is now 28 August, 2020 (extended, see submission details below). 

PRIO founding member of the Forum on Information and Democracy

​PRIO is one of eleven organizations from civil society who have created the Forum on Information and Democracy, a new international entity tasked with implementing the principles of the International Partnership on information & Democracy, an intergovernmental agreement signed by a coalition of 30 States on the margins of the UN General Assembly last September. It is the continuation of the international process launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in September 2018.

New Blog on Women's Use of Facebook in Myanmar

With so much attention on the destructive role of Facebook in Myanmar, Doctoral Researcher Julie M. Hansen points out the constructive side of Facebook by bringing in examples of how women in Myanmar use of the social media platform. She writes:

"The spread of hate speech and misinformation online that incites real-life violence are serious issues that deserve the media attention they have received, and the tech community must prioritise finding a solution. Yet, for a fuller understanding of the role of Facebook – which has become such a dominant tool in Myanmar for information and communication that is almost synonymous with the internet – we should also recognise the platform’s constructive side. And this becomes apparent when we look at how the social media platform is used by women."

Read the blog post in full here.

New Project to Study Social Media, Armed Conflict and Gender in Myanmar

​From early 2018, Julie Marie Hansen will start a three-year doctoral research project studying the gendered impacts of social media on armed conflict and peacebuilding in Myanmar.

NORGLOBAL Funding for Three PRIO Projects

​The announcement of the NORGLOBAL funds from the Research Council of Norway has been published, and PRIO is very happy to see three important projects receiving funding:

  • Refugee Education: Building Durable Futures (REBuilD) - led by Cindy Horst
  • The Impact of Security Force Assistance on State Fragility - led by Øystein H. Rolandsen
  • Social Media in Armed Conflict: The Case of Myanmar - led by Stein Tønnesson

More information about these projects will soon be available at the PRIO website.

Katrin Voltmer appointed PRIO Global Fellow

​Katrin Voltmer, Professor of Communication and Democracy at University of Leeds’ School of Media and Communication, has recently been appointed PRIO Global Fellow. Voltmer, a leading scholar of communication in democratic life, works with PRIO researcher Jacob Høigilt on a project about the role of Arab journalism and political polarization, funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

Reflections on 22 July

​On the five year anniversary of the 22 July terror attacks in Norway, PRIO researchers share their reflections.

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