Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict, a webcast

Blogs and Bullets: Evaluating the Impact of New Media on Conflict
United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Please note: This event will be webcast live beginning at 9:00am EDT on July 8, 2010 at www.usip.org/webcast.html. Online viewers will be able to engage panelists and each other through live chat and Twitter discussions (hashtag: #usipblogs).

The Center of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding at the U.S. Institute of Peace and George Washington University’s Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication are hosting a public event exploring the role of new media in contested politics around the world. From Iran to Kenya to Colombia, the impact of new and social media on movements for political and social change has been the subject of much discussion, and controversy.

In a USIP Special Report to be released at the conference, a team of scholars from GWU, in cooperation with scholars from Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society and from Morningside Analytics, take a fresh theoretical, and empirical approach to answering this question.The report critically assesses both the “cyberutopian” and “cyberskeptic” perspectives, and proposes a new framework for assessing the role of new media in contentious politics.

This event will explore these themes in three panels. In the first morning panel, Alec Ross of the U.S. State Department, Berkman’s Ethan Zuckerman, and GWU’s Marc Lynch will engage in a discussion of these topics moderated by USIP’s Sheldon Himelfarb. The second morning panel will feature bloggers and citizen journalists from around the world to offer a ground-view perspective. The final panel will bring together tech firms like Google, eBay, and Facebook to explore their perspectives on new media and conflict.

Agenda

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Registration/ Breakfast

9:00 am – 9:10 am: Introductory Remarks: Sheldon Himelfarb, Executive Director, Center of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding, USIP

9:10 am – 10:15 am: Panel 1

  • Alec Ross
    Senior Adviser for Innovation, Office of the Secretary of  State
  • Marc Lynch
    Director, Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University
  • Ethan Zuckerman
    Senior Researcher, Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Sheldon Himelfarb
    United States Institute of Peace (Moderator)

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 11:45 am: Panel 2: International Bloggers

  • Mialy Andriamananjar (Madagascar)
  • Raed Jarrar (Iraq)
  • Onnik Krikorian (Armenia)
  • Nasseem Tarawnah (Jordan)
  • Hamid Tehrani (Iran)
  • Abu Aardvark (Moderator)

11:45 am – 12:00 pm: Break

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Panel 3

  • Colin Rule
    Director of Online Dispute Resolution, eBay
  • Bob Boorstin
    Director of Public Policy, Google
  • Facebook
    [Personnel TBD]
  • Sheldon Himelfarb
    United States Institute of Peace (Moderator)

Partners

George Washington University Institute for Public Diplomacy and Global Communication

Karen Ang

A plebeian who is trying to make small changes in this world.