Contribute to a draft set of ethical guidelines and provide feedback based on your peacebuilding experiences on the ground.

You have a great PeaceTech idea — but you have no idea how to avoid the ethical minefield that comes with it. At this workshop, you will use a “real life” PeaceTech case study and a draft set of ethical guidelines to discuss how you will address questions such as:

    How do we get informed consent in a way that users can truly understand?
    What data can we collect?
    What are rights to privacy in our jurisdiction(s) and for our user groups?
    How can we avoid digital tracking of our users and their data?
    Who “owns” the data we are using?
    Are we putting our users at risk?
    What hardware (smartphones/ tablets) should we acquire that are ethically sourced and “ethically programmed”?
    Is there anything we need to make sure our programmers do (or don’t) put into the code?
    Who is responsible? Users? PeaceTech organizations? Private tech sector companies? Software engineers?

We will work in groups on these issues and solicit feedback on the draft ethical guidelines to identify gaps, propose changes or additions, and discuss usability for peacebuilders.


Please register here.

Participants who register before the workshop will receive a copy of the draft guidelines in advance. We suggest reading through them before the workshop to familiarize yourselves with the guidelines and facilitate discussion.

About this workshop

Peacebuilders are rapidly turning to technology to augment their work. At the same time, some of the world’s largest ICT companies are beginning to operate in post-conflict countries. These developments raise wide-reaching ethical considerations and concerns regarding the protection of user security. Many have already noted the ethical challenges posed by the growth of the global tech industry, especially the rights of the world’s most vulnerable citizens, and have proposed ethical guidelines and good practices. However, few have focused specifically on the practical needs of peacebuilders and others working in conflict and post-conflict situations.

JustPeace Labs is developing a set of ethical guidelines for PeaceTech practitioners. Based on consultations with experts in the technology and peacebuilding fields, we are developing a practical tool that can be easily and quickly consulted when initiating an ICT project in a conflict-sensitive area. Our guidelines will also include a checklist for practitioners in the field on ethical considerations as well as a list of resources they can consult on ethics and security. JustPeace Labs will use the results of the workshop and feedback received to revise and augment its draft ethical peacetech guidelines.

Sipala Labs is a social venture that develops games and media products that teach and implement peace and conflict transformation skills in a fun and sustainable way for all stakeholders. In developing its first media property, a peace superheroes digital game geared towards 9 to 11 year olds, Sipala Labs has come up against many ethical questions which are shared by others in the peacebuilding, conflict transformation and development sectors. It is out of a desire to explore these questions with peers and hopefully find some answers to them that Sipala Labs offers itself up as a case study for this workshop.