In October 2013, Google Ideas, in partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations and the Gen Next Foundation, hosted the ‘Conflict in a Connected World’ summit. The summit brought together online activists, digital security experts, investigative journalists, government officials, and developers to expose current threats, explore future trends, and demonstrate new tools to empower individuals in the face of instability and repression.
Today, global connectivity is impacting the way conflict manifests itself. Technology can both imperil and protect information security. Social media can be used to communicate in ways never before possible, but also to persecute those who express different religious, political or social views. Digital platforms can be leveraged to provide a better understanding of conflict and better inform policymakers.