Conflict Online

As part of my work on INCORE’s Conflict Data Service from 1994 to 1997 I set up a series of guides to Internet resources on certain conflict situations (the INCORE Internet Country Guides) . The first guide, on conflict and ethnicity in Sri Lanka, generated correspondence from activists complaining that I had given disproportionate attention and space to points of view that they opposed. The experience of producing the guides alerted me to some of the issues surrounding the use of the new technologies in conflict situations. I brought this experience and interest together with my work on conflict in Northern Ireland in the summer of 2001 when I took part in a collegium at UC Berkeley run by the Information Technology and International Cooperation programme of the Social Science Research Council. There I started to do research on the use of the Internet in relation to conflict in Northern Ireland.

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