EssentialTech’s role in peace promotion focuses on the field of PeaceTech, a relatively new concept. that aims to, on the one hand, preventing technology from being an enabler – intentionally or otherwise – of violence and conflict and, on the other, leverage technology as a driver of global security and peace. A promising example today is the combination of cutting-edge methods in artificial intelligence, big data and blockchain, which aim to monitor, verify and actively counteract online mis(dis)information. This enables a new form of “social witnessing”, supporting prevention of violence and conflict.
Our Peace promotion activities involve designing, developing and delivering projects and initiatives at the intersection of technology and peace. Guided by the principles of cooperation, interdisciplinarity and entrepreneurship, we help bridge international cross-sectorial experts and reinforce Switzerland’s role as a leading actor and pioneer in the emerging PeaceTech fields of e-governance, digital diplomacy and digital peace.