On the 25th of November, from 6 PM we invite tech experts, product designers and other innovators in Norway to meet with peacebuilders from 5 conflict-affected countries in Africa to a 24-hours friendly competition at Sentralen in Oslo. Closure of the event will be from 4 to 6 PM on the 26th of November.
After an inspirational opening by Myanmar’s icon singer, songwriter and actress Ah Moon, participants will be challenged to design improved digital and hybrid processes that boost considerate dialogue.
The outcome will be used in Norwegian Church Aid’s peacebuilding work in conflict-affected communities and disseminated to other actors of peacebuilding worldwide.
The world witnesses a sharp increase in violence resulting from intolerance. Hateful messages about religious, ideological, and nationalistic differences become an everyday reality.
Digital channels like social media play an instrumental role in this, by amplifying fake news and polarizing content.
Governments and tech actors have reacted: focusing on surveilling, censoring, deleting content, and blocking users. In doing so, they often restrict fundamental freedoms and accentuate marginalization.
In times of uncertainty, we choose not to listen to each other.
As a response, Norwegian Church Aid, together with its civil society and faith-based partners in over 20 countries calls for sympathetic listening.
Norwegian Church Aid appeals to Tech actors in Norway to support our work to confront hate speech with improved digital tools and spaces for mutual understanding.
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