IGF 2021 Networking #93 Global PeaceTech: how can good governance help societies avoid risks and exploit the potential of digital technologies?

Wednesday, 8th December, 2021 (11:45 UTC) - Wednesday, 8th December, 2021 (12:45 UTC)
Ballroom B

EUI School of Transnational Governance
European University Institute – School of Transnational Governance CEPS – Center for European Policy Studies European Commission University of Lucerne MetaLAB (at) Harvard OECD – Trento Centre for Local Development Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) (tbc) Stanford Peace Innovation Lab (tbc) Oxford Internet Institute (tbc)


Andrea Renda, EUI School of Transnational Governance Pier Luigi Sacco, IULM University, OECD Trento, MetaLAB (at) Harvard Peter G. Kirchschläger, Director of the Institute of Social Ethics ISE – University of Lucerne

Online Moderator

EUI School of Transnational Governance


EUI School of Transnational Governance


The session will be divided into two parts. In the first half we will have several short interactive presentations aimed at introducing the main social, ethical, legal and political challenges associated with the use of digital technologies and present some concrete case studies on the use of digital technologies for peace across borders. The second half will consist of a 'Digital Coffee Break' where online participants can join different discussion rooms and engage other participants on different topics of their interest. There will be two rooms dedicated one to exploring the case studies presented in the first half and one to discuss the creation of an institutional network on peace tech. The other rooms will be open, and participants will be able to come in and out of the conversation at their convenience, as they would in a real coffee break.

Duration (minutes)



This networking session will revolve around the following IGF21 issue area and policy question: • IGF21 issue area: Economic and social inclusion and human rights • Policy question: Promoting equitable development and preventing harm – How can we make use of digital technologies to promote more equitable and peaceful societies that are inclusive, resilient and sustainable? How can we make sure that digital technologies are not developed and used for harmful purposes? What values and norms should guide the development and use of technologies to enable this?

This networking session is open to research institutions, organizations, and public and private sector actors who are interested in learning more about the application of digital technology for peace, and in particular what policy tools can be used to foster sustainable use of digital technologies for the well-being of our societies. Our aim is to start a conversation and build a network of stakeholders in the peace tech area, a bridge between public and private institutions and academia, where theoretical reflection can be translated into concrete policy proposals and projects substantiated by the participation of private actors.

In the first part of the session, we will use interactive presentations (Prezi Video) with the use of complementary engagement tools such as online polls and Mentimeter. In the second part of the session, we will use the Zoom Breakout Room feature to recreate the experience of a 'coffee break' where participants can join different conversations at their convenience and with complete flexibility. Two rooms will be assigned to specific topics. The others will only have a number, which the participant can refer to in order to split into smaller groups and continue the conversation with other participants or on a specific topic of their choice. Chat and raise-hand functions will be used throughout the session to facilitate participant interaction and engagement.