Digital Peace: Syrian Conflict Mapping

Faculty: 
Michael L. Best
Students: 
Rodney Funk, Komal Hirani, Hanna Kim, Emma Logevall, John Murphy, Patrick Nelson, Thanawit Prasongpongchai, Asra Yousuf, He Zhang

Since 2012 The Carter Center has analyzed open-source information related to the Syrian conflict with the goal of assisting mediators and conflict responders. Our project aims to build a digital platform that will visualize this data in a way that informs about the Syrian Conflict and helps achieve conflict resolution and peace. Our focus is on providing maximum flexibility in how the data can be visualized using a dynamic selection of date range, region, conflict event types, and groups. This level of granularity will allow mediators to focus on the data that is most relevant to them. We have created a dynamic and interactive event map which allows users to view all conflicts over a specific period of time, drill down on event details, and apply additional filters to maximize the impact of this visualization. We expect it will significantly improve our user's ability to gain understanding from this conflict data, and ultimately enhance their capacity to work towards peace.

 

 

Lab: 
Faculty: 
Michael L. Best

The lab's research focuses on information and communication technologies for social, economic, and political development. In particular the lab studies mobile phones, the internet, and internet-enabled services and their design, impact, and importance within low-income countries of Africa and Asia. The lab researches engineering, public policy, hci/usability, and sustainability issues as well as methods to assess and evaluate social, economic, and political development outcomes. They are also interested in the impact of information and communication technologies on the development-security nexus and in post-conflict peace and reconciliation.