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The Technology of Nonviolence

Social Media and Violence Prevention

MIT Press

Tunisian and Egyptian protestors famously made use of social media to
rally supporters and disseminate information as the "Arab Spring" began to
unfold in 2010. Less well known, but with just as much potential to bring about
social change, are ongoing local efforts to use social media and other forms of
technology to prevent deadly outbreaks of violence. In The Technology of
Nonviolence, Joseph Bock describes and documents technology-enhanced
efforts to stop violence before it happens in Africa, Asia, and the United States.
Once peacekeeping was the purview of international observers, but today local
citizens take violence prevention into their own hands. These local approaches often
involve technology--including the use of digital mapping, crowdsourcing, and
mathematical pattern recognition to identify likely locations of violence--but, as
Bock shows, technological advances are of little value unless they are used by a
trained cadre of community organizers. After covering general concepts in violence
prevention and describing technological approaches to tracking conflict and
cooperation, Bock offers five case studies that range from "low-tech"
interventions to prevent ethnic and religious violence in Ahmedebad, India, to an
anti-gang initiative in Chicago that uses Second Life to train its "violence
interrupters." There is solid evidence of success, Bock concludes, but there is
much to be discovered, developed, and, most important, implemented.
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Bock, Joseph G.
Joseph G. Bock is Director of Global Health Training and Teaching Professor in the
Eck Institute for Global Health and University-wide Liaison with Catholic Relief
Services at the University of Notre Dame. He has more than a decade of experience in
humanitarian relief and development.

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