Conflict in a Connected World Roundtable Series

Director: Paul B. Stares, General John W. Vessey Senior Fellow for Conflict Prevention and Director of the Center for Preventive Action

Contemporary conflict is being increasingly shaped by information technology. The Internet has become a vital new battleground while social media and other mass communication tools now comprise a valuable virtual arsenal for waging war—not only for the immediate combatants, but also for interested parties beyond conflict zones. How is social media shaping and being shaped by conflict? How are repressive regimes taking advantage of these platforms to censor, surveil, and repress their citizens? And, how can governments use these tools to empower activists working in dangerous and draconian environments? CFR's Center for Preventive Action, in partnership with Google Ideas, convened a series of roundtables with technical experts, high-level policymakers, and those with first-hand experience leveraging technology in conflict settings to explore these questions.

Meeting Notes:

The Syrian Conflict in a Connected World (PDF)

Smarter Sanctions (PDF)

The Future of Digital Repression (PDF)

Conflict in a Connected World Series Summary (PDF)

Meetings

Roundtable Meeting

The Syrian Conflict in a Connected World

Presiders:

Paul B. Stares, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Scott Carpenter, Deputy Director, Google Ideas
June 20, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

Smarter Sanctions

Presiders:

Paul B. Stares, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Preventive Action, Scott Carpenter, Deputy Director, Google Ideas, Meghan L. O'Sullivan, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
June 6, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.

Roundtable Meeting

The Future of Digital Repression

Presiders:

Yasmin Dolatabadi, Principal, Google Ideas, Paul B. Stares, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Preventive Action
May 16, 2013

This meeting is not for attribution.