Photo Source: © Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Photo Source: © Qilai Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Relationship between Digital Technologies and Atrocity Prevention

7 March 2024

New and emerging digital technologies — including, among others, social media platforms, artificial intelligence, geospatial technology, facial recognition and surveillance tools — have and will continue to rapidly shift the space of human interaction in the modern world. As such, these technologies can both directly and indirectly impact how various actors may perpetrate or prevent mass atrocity crimes.

Due to the rapid pace at which these technologies are developing, there is a notable gap in the capacity of multilateral institutions, individual states, regional organizations and private corporations to respond to the threat, as well as harness the potential of various digital technologies.

Building upon an event hosted by the Global Centre and the European Union on 29 June 2023, this policy brief examines the relationship between digital technologies and atrocity prevention, highlighting several technologies that may directly contribute to the perpetration and/or prevention of atrocities. This brief also offers actionable recommendations for relevant stakeholders to address and mitigate the risks of emerging technology.


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