The Syrian Conflict: What is Technology's Role?

by President M.a. Bradley on May 10, 2016

The Syrian Conflict: What is Technology's Role? 


Does the crisis of hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring into parts of Europe and the West sound familiar? How about the name Syria: does that ring any bells?  Certainly, most people have heard something about this crisis, or at least have heard the country’s name mentioned in the news recently.

 

What doesn’t seem to get as much time on your local news channel is the part that social media is playing to shape the opinion of the conflict around the world. In Syria, where information is heavily regulated, social media has become quite important to shaping how the crisis is portrayed and perceived. This is a new type of warfare being used by people on both sides of conflict, often at their own peril: over a hundred journalists have lost their lives in Syria since the beginning of the civil war.

 

How did social media get invovled?

 

Social media’s role in conflicts such as these has evolved over time. From the very beginning of the conflict, it was used to inform people of both true and untrue information about the state of affairs. Lately, it has evolved to become an avenue to support one side or the other and report certain aspects of the conflict that are censored by main stream media. This free flow of information that transcends local barriers to communications highlights both a massive shift in the narrative surrounding the conflict, and a new way of looking at secular conflicts in general.

 

In the Syrian Civil War (what is being regarded as the first Social Media War) social media is being used to facilitate and disrupt communication. However use of social media in armed conflicts underscores a larger opportunity – the mere existence of social media in areas of the world in transition creates the opportunity for economics to influence conflicts just as much as information does. Economists struggle to determine whether countries that experience internal warfare related to poverty are poor because they are violent, or violent because they are poor. There is an argument for both conclusions as war and conflict restrict access to education, which is a major link to economic empowerment. As a rebel leader in Sudan once said however, “life is so cheap, it pays to be a rebel”. Where does this notion come from, and how could social media help change this dynamic?

 

Communication and democracy

 

It is well studied that confidence in the responsiveness of the government is key to preventing internal conflicts; a confidence that is often lost because of economic displacement and uncertainty. A concept that is often overlooked is the ease of which information and communication helps bind a society to their respective economies and helps them get the most of out of it. Beyond informing concerned parties about issues and news, social media creates a channel through which ideas and concepts of understanding flow. This has been amplified by the spread of smart phones and mobile internet in even the most impoverished countries in the world. So what would happen if those same communication lanes could be used, not only as a lane for communication, but economic empowerment?

 

The concept of a democratic social economy like empowr (www.empowr.com) is to provide economic empowerment in the parts of the world that need it most. As has been proven, economic empowerment changes everything about how a society functions. These studies have shown that populations which are economically fulfilled are less likely to engage in self destructive behavior and operate outside of the laws of their nations. This dynamic makes solutions like empowr, which strive to infuse economic stability into the parts of the world that need it most increasingly important in a rapidly changing world. If social media and communication channels like mobile phones can be used to exchange information and misinformation; imagine the changes that could come from a solution that allows a collection of citizens to strengthen each other’s economic standing – without a single shot being fired.

 

So how do you think the economy effects the conflicts in the world? If an economy existed that made it less attractive to take up arms, how do you think that would change war torn societies? 

78 Comments

Le Thanh Kong

Thanks a lot for the article. Because of poverty, they make conflicts and because of conflicts, they are poor. The basic reason for all conflicts and wars in the world until now is because of economic benefits. When people can not harmonize the economic benefits among interest groups, there will be a war or conflict.
And nobody can ensure that the world can stop all the wars and conflicts, we can just reduce them by enabling opportunities for them to improve their lives, giving them hope and position.
That's our mission.
We believe that Mr. President of empowr will lead us to complete the Mission.
I trust you, Mr M.A. Bradley.

11 months ago
Le Thanh Kong

You're welcome. We are seeking the best way to change this world.

11 months ago
! T Weir

Poor is a definition that for hundreds of centuries has had no practical application to millions of communities. Poor becomes more defined when there is visible or tangible evidence of wealth disparity. When we are all the same whether we have food that day or not -- we are all rich!

Wealth disparity can breed discontent but to give humans a bit of credit it often takes significantly more than wealth disparity alone to make humans go to war. So, is the problem really the perception of being poor?

Or are the seeds of war not truly borne until a man is being told that his wife and children's welfare are being physically threatened by an aggressor who won't take no for an answer.

So, let me take a bit of liberty here and carry on being facetious with a touch of seriousness.
The 4 major reasons 'to begin wars' that stupid humans will answer to their Creator as to why war? -- may look like this
-- Because we needed their land ( Persians, Egyptians, Babylonia,Turks, French, English, Russians, Germans, Americans )
-- Because they wouldn't convert to our method of ideology/worship ( Stalinism/Hitlerism, Islam, Roman Catholics )
-- Because we liked it & and they will enjoy it ( Romans, French, British, Ghengis Khan )

I could be wrong but I don't see poverty here. Its very difficult for poverty to start, maintain or expand a war because it ain't got no resources.

10 months ago
Amada Marcelino

Thanks for the update, dearest Pres.Bradley...

11 months ago
Luningning Saguil

Thanks for sharing a very good post! Good day!

11 months ago
Soumitra Bhattacharjee

Power and greed have been the two main reasons for war in the past but at present it is a different game altogether.

11 months ago
Jeuti Nath

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace." - Jimi Hendrix

11 months ago
Ninja Model

I totally agree with you technology and education will surely bring peace in those areas..

11 months ago
Frankie (Gaining Momentum)

Happy for the post, but it seems that we are getting away from the issues of Empowr, that require major overhauls, to help foster the peace and hope and influence, that is discussed in the mission statement. The problems we have building the site causes despair, conflict, etc, with launches like, requiring mobile phones, for early cash outs, etc. when there are third world countries that cannot yet use the most up to date technology, this provides. Everyone here in the U.S. do not have the finances and capability to use it either, does that mean they are not deserving of the 97 percent revenue that Empowr's goal is to provide them? Success

11 months ago
Lance

Completely agree gaining momemtum

11 months ago
Tam Dieu

Thank you Marcus!

11 months ago
Manjot Singh

great post !

11 months ago
Ayman Abusaa

Education and knowledge is a weapon in itself in front of the challenges we face in the world.
I hope Syria get recovered soon and Syrian see the freedom again.

11 months ago
Bob Poster

Thanks for the blog!

11 months ago
Ciordas Lucia

Nimic nou! Mi-am pierdut timpul citind!

11 months ago
Kian Mark Celades

Thanks for the BLOG PRESIDENT

11 months ago
Katherine .

Conflicts are not only in terms of economy. It also about power. People want more than what they have, and must specially POWER the reason there is war. If everyone wants to be on top there is one who wants to be on the top of the top. Having different beliefs and opinion can also be a starting point of war. In my opinion, the world will be in peace if we will be guided by the TRUTH, no one else.

11 months ago
Clinton E.

Agreed...There are those who desire power over everything else no matter what the outcome.

10 months ago
Mohammad Hafiz

In which direction the honorable president going???

11 months ago
Valentin Besliu

Normal ar fi ca aceste postari sa se poata copia pentru a fi traduse !
Altele sunt problemele care ne framanta pe noi.
Viata merge inainte cu bune / rele .
Voi reveni cu precizari,multumesc.
It would be normal to be able to copy these posts to be translated!
Other issues that we knead us.
Life goes on with good / bad.
I will return with specifications, thank you.

11 months ago
Valentin Besliu

...dupa umila mea parere cred ca postarea nu are ce cauta aici ! la Wath's New?
Conflicte exista de cand lumea,doar nu o sa le rezolve acest... Empowr
Sunt altii care dirijeaza,speculeaza,aranjeaza.
Astept noutati interesante care sa rezolve problemele complicate din aces site !
Sa ne vedem de treburile noastre...fara a face exces de "limba de lemn" :)

11 months ago
Tita Tanta Muntean

Pentru a ajuta la combaterea saraciei mai bine neam ajuta pe noi cei de aici ,ingreunand aceasta pagina este defapt o stationare in loc ,simplitatea care era era pe masura de a ne ajuta acum stacnam sau dam inapoi , timp mai mult de lucru cistig mai mic ,se pare ca lipseste foarte mult ceea ce a fost .De ce atunci cand merge ceva bine trebuie remodelat pentru a ingreuna situatia .Multumesc de informatii de la noul presedinte cu bine

11 months ago
Mohamed Lyakoby

I think no technology can stop that confessional war in the Middle East. The solution is only education in those countries.And the worst is coming because the Islamic world is now devided into 2 entities, one is Chiit and the other is Sunnit, so, in my opinion, the conflict is using sofisticated technology that the West countries are providing, ignoring all the consequences of a such conflict on long run.

11 months ago
! T Weir

I more than half agree with Mohamed Lyakoby. No current or near future technology can stop the reasons that people go to war and at the moment, the focus needs to be on stopping it - prevention is a donkey that has long bolted its pen. We must put it back in the pen and make the pen an amenable place for said donkey to enjoy, lol.

Just some light humor. You can't put this one back in the pen. 1.3 Billion people should be doing more than saying "Tut, Tut, thats such a shame" But they are not.

Here is a radical idea. A 5 million man march with no weapons, logistically supported by neighboring countries could end this in 3 months. The task of the 5 million men & women - Take all weapons, explode all unexploded ground ordinances, dismantle all structures of war, then gently send the russians home, send the americans home, push back Turkey and Iran and leave the Sunnis, Shites, Babylonia, Native Jews, Native Christians and Zoroastrians, to work out their differences without weapons.

And since some stupid humans believe that love is a form of weakness, strafe those that would harm a hair on the head of the 5 million marchers with Apache gunfire. Yes, radical but workable and those that watch us from beyond our detection would clap and say - Look, the cockroaches have organized.

I believe truly in what you say when you write "economic opportunity (facilitated by technology) can solve many of the problems" however when a problem is based and rooted in religious differences that insist that war is how the religion will be spread if peaceful acquiescence doesn't work, well... technology in the wrong hands then becomes a facilitator for killing more people 'more faster'.

10 months ago
Ciordas Lucia

Vad ca raspunzi numai la mesajele in esti esti laudat domunle presedinte! Asta nu seamana cu lasitatea?

11 months ago
Ciordas Lucia

Fa ceva sa se plateasca munca noastra, a celor care muncim aici de ne sar capacele nu visa la cai verzi pe pereti!
Crezi ca cei care te-au votat doresc altceva?

11 months ago
Ciordas Lucia

Nothing said to us, nothing we can learn from others, reaches us so deep as that which we find in ourselves.
quote by Theodor Reik

11 months ago
Pete Moss

let's hope the system can be found to make it work - I imagine that would help to keep people from being unrestful

11 months ago
R.s Bhadra

thanks for sharing

11 months ago
Vincent Wamakowe

Economy vs Violence
First it starts with ATTITUDE. Like it doesn't count as to what you HAVE or DON'T Have, what matters is how are you putting it into use; to Build/Develop or to Destroy. The problem here is not the Economy but the People (Both the ones in power + the Citizens). If one calls for peace and works towards achieving the same (Prayer included), then it will actually come to manifestation since it starts with the PERSONAL - INTERPERSONAL - SOCIETY - CITY - NATION - WORLD.

When all these are put in place; Technology will come as a BOOSTING tool towards enhancing the subject matter to a much even BETTER state and so the Economy will change from BAD to GOOD (And even it Becomes a lifestyle for the Benefit of all)

ALL APPRECIATION GOES TO EMPOWER PLATFORM since it took the first step of not only promoting peace amongst it's users through E-Socializing, but it also create assured Democratic Social Income.

THANK YOU MR. PRESIDENT.

EMPOWER IS THE BEST.

11 months ago
Vincent Wamakowe

Am glad of meeting and be part of Empowr Family Platform. All regards to you - Mr President.

10 months ago
Frayo Ikeakaonwu

In Nigeria where I am a citizen, Power and Greed have reduced our economy to nothing. This has led to the insignificant of the country's medium class. Our leaders are after power & money, the issue of patriotism is a forgotten case. It is horrible.

10 months ago
! T Weir

Nigerians are amongst the most adept, adaptable and insanely strong people that I know. When such superlatives are mixed in with an excessive dose of greed, power and lack of respect and love for fellow man at the top of the hierarchy, the entire continent of Africa suffers. Nigeria has a responsibility that it does not yet understand - it should lead Africa and not be led.

10 months ago
Dennis Daniel Ssemugenyi

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I reiterate, I am looking for members here willing to sign Affidavits such that we take to court and get our justice!
See the message my Success Coach just sent me with all jiggling threats! What a people we have here for Coaches and Presidents?! No democracy, this is a dictatorship and a big Scam!!
Join our Facebook platform for Empowr Users, we can join hands and demand that the USA government ensures that justice is done!


Thread from Success Coach: "Deborah Rolon Your Success Coach June 15 at 4:20pm


Hello Dennis,

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You are not helping yourself here, luckily my supervisor saw it and let me know as she is aware of your situation, delete or rephrase that comment immediately without the scam etc unless you are looking to get your account deleted as that is what will happen as they are quite specific regarding this.

Will you remove that immediately or rephrase?

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10 months ago
Maria Hrabovszki

Sajnálatos, ami Szíriában történik, menekültek áradata özönli el Európát, mind annak köszönhető, hogy ezek az úgy nevezett iszlamisták, akik elárasszák a világot, hatalmas vagyonnal rendelkeznek, és bárhol fel lelhetőek. De sajnos ez a háború, nagyon sok életet követel, de hogy megtudják e állítani őket, az nagy kérdés?, minden esetre örülök annak, hogy az empowr működik még, annak ellenére, hogy a világban ilyen konfliktusok uralkodnak, és remélem hosszú távú lesz ez a működés.
Ha mindenki betartaná a szeretett himnuszát, ami a 1Korintusz 13:13-n van leírva, hogy ezek között megmarad a hit, remény szeretet, és ezek között a legnagyobb a szeretett, akkor nem lenne ilyen konfliktus a világban. Bízom benne, hogy fognak tenni erről a nagyhatalmak, hogy megállítsák ezt a szörnyű háborút, hogy Szíria újból szabad legyen. Igen ez egy pénzforrás mindenkinek, aki az empowr kötelékébe tartozik, örülök, hogy már odáig eljutottam, hogy pénzt is vehetek ki belőle, továbbra is sok sikert kívánok a csapatnak, akik fáradoznak azon, hogy minél sikeresebb legyen az oldal.

10 months ago
Komlan Agnam

Thanks for this committment and the analysis of the situation Toghether we wil overcome the crisis

10 months ago
Carlos Gutierrez

ty for sharing

10 months ago
! T Weir

This statement included above sounds quite profound -- "Economists struggle to determine whether countries that experience internal warfare related to poverty are poor because they are violent, or violent because they are poor."

And maybe not profound at all.

There are literally tens of thousands of unheralded, poorly documented communities having all kinds of different hierarchies in terms of "who rules and who set up the ruler". Their people's may or may not be entirely satisfied but they do not break into war nor are they necessarily always violent, but by many, many standards they are considered to be dirt poor and live with very basic amenities, if any.

Perhaps, respect for structure, love for their fellow man and other types of community glue are more relevant than a raw discussion about direct correlations between poverty and war.

Just my 2 cents for the day.

10 months ago
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10 months ago
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10 months ago