Technology: using power for good

New technologies can enhance the work of development groups from grassroots to global, but with this new potential comes the responsibility to understand the risks.

Technology has huge potential to be used for social good. Mobiles and mapping software can be used to gather data, and visualize patterns and trends; predictive analytics can be used to help translate 'big data' into useful statistics; unmanned aerial vehicles can monitor real-time crises; and social media helps mobilize groups around the world.

If paired with the ability to disseminate information broadly and forge strong ties with local grassroots movements, technology can allow civil society to monitor, predict, and possibly deter mass violence, identify interventions that will be most effective and drive large scale movements to amplify the voices and actions of marginalized communities.

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