From social media’s role in spurring unrest to new weapons for waging war and suppressing dissent, the rapid pace of technological change is transforming conflict. While these changes have in many cases facilitated violence, decentralised social media and messaging platforms have also enabled citizens and policymakers to organise for peace at unprecedented scales. Crisis Group’s field-based research and quantitative analysis on technology and war explores how governments, civil society actors and technology companies can mitigate the conflict-exacerbating risks of new and emerging technologies and pursue the possibilities for peace.
In order to silence opposition to the February coup, Myanmar’s military is vigorously policing the internet as it quashes street protests. Outside powers and technology companies should endeavour to keep the online space free of interference and deny the junta tools of virtual repression.