13 Mar 2018
Geneva, Switzerland; and online


How can digital technology contribute to political mediation? The UN Department of Political Affairs, DiploFoundation, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, swisspeace and researchers from Harvard University joined forces to explore how digital technology is impacting the role of mediators in the prevention and resolution of violent conflict. The launch of the initiative will take place on 13 March 2018, from 13:00-15:00 CET, in Geneva.

The initiative

The development of digital technology is impacting our societies and professional fields. It is expected that the technology sector will continue to rapidly develop in the coming years. This trend will have deep consequences on the way we conduct business in virtually every area, and peacemaking is no exception.

As a traditionally low-tech, human-intensive field, mediation is facing new opportunities and challenges stemming from the use and misuse of new-tech manifestations, such as smart applications, social media, and big data sets, questions of transparency, spoilers and confidentiality.

Against this backdrop, the UN Department of Political Affairs, DiploFoundation, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, swisspeace and researchers from Harvard University have come together in Geneva to develop an initiative to explore how digital technology is impacting the mediators’ role in preventing and resolving violent conflict.

The event

On 13 March, an event to launch the CyberMediation initiative will take place. It will starting with lunch refreshments at 12:30 at the Geneva Internet Platform (2nd floor, WMO Building). Alternatively, the discussions can also be followed online, from 13:00.

In this initial phase, the CyberMediation initiative consists of four main thematic streams:

  • Impact of new technologies on mediation
  • Social media
  • Data for mediation
  • Artificial intelligence, including text mining


12:30                       Lunch and refreshments

13:00                       Message from by Michael Møller, director-general, UN Geneva

13:15                       Presentation and discussion on the CyberMediation initiative and themes

14:45                       Coffee and networking

Contact and registration

Registration for online and in situ participation is now open. For more information, please contact Barbara Rosen Jacobson at barbarar@diplomacy.edu


Issues: Convergence

The Geneva Internet Platform is an initiative of the Swiss authorities


Members of the Steering Committee are FDFA, OFCOM and the Canton of Geneva

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