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In 2019, the Toda Peace Institute’s research program on “Social Media, Technology and Peacebuilding” published a series of policy briefs exploring the impact of social media technologies on conflict dynamics in 13 countries.

On November 13,2019, ten of the authors met together with 30 practitioners, scholars, professionals, faculty and students working at the intersection between technology and peacebuilding at a workshop at the University of San Diego Joan B. Kroc School for Peace Studies. The Toda Peace Institute hosted the workshop in collaboration with Build Up, University of San Diego, Mercy Corps, Activate Labs, BSR and JustPeace Labs.

During the facilitated workshop, the group of 40 mapped out the themes and patterns shared across the case studies, as well as the policy recommendations for tech companies, governments, media and civil society emerging from the reports. This book synthesises the key findings of the policy briefs and the workshop.


The research for this book was commissioned by the Toda Peace Institute, in their program on Social Media, Technology, and Peacebuilding.

The Toda Peace Institute is an independent, nonpartisan institute committed to advancing a more just and peaceful world through policy-oriented peace research and practice. The institute commissions evidence-based research convenes multi-track and multi-disciplinary problem-solving workshops and seminars, and promotes dialogue across ethnic, cultural, religious and political divides. It catalyses practical, policy-oriented conversations between theoretical experts, practitioners, policymakers and civil society leaders in order to discern innovative and creative solutions to the major problems confronting the world in the 21st century.

The Toda Peace Institute (formerly called the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy Research) was established on 11 February 1996 by Daisaku Ikeda, a Buddhist philosopher, educator and a prolific writer and poet. The institute was founded in honour of Ikeda’s mentor, Josei Toda, and his vision for sustainable peace.

The authors would like to thank the Toda Peace Institute Board, Director Kevin Clements and Toda Staff Hiroshi Morita, Ria Shibata, Mie Nakamura and Satoko Suzuki for their support. Special thanks to Rosemary McBryde for assisting with the bibliography and notes throughout the book.

The editor would also like to thank her parents, Verne and Carol Schirch, for reading, editing and commenting on the book in its draft form, and her partner Bill Goldberg, for supporting and helping with the book writing process.

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