In partnership with the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), this project investigates the impact of social media on the dynamics of armed conflict and peacebuilding in Myanmar. Our researchers will conduct interviews, collect data through a specially designed mobile phone-based application, and monitor both social and traditional media sources to assess whether the rapid spread of social media leads to more or less violence. Myanmar is particularly suited for a study of the ICT-Conflict link given its long history of internal armed conflicts, rapid expansion of smartphone users since 2012, and ongoing conflicts. The research group at PRIO is headed by Stein Tønnesson, a full-time doctoral researcher with extensive experience in East Asian conflict and peace. The Myanmar team is led by Dr. Min Zaw Oo, Executive Director of MIPS. The project launched in February 2018 and will run for a duration of three years.

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