As Canada’s leading research and advocacy institute for genocide and mass atrocity crimes prevention, the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (MIGS) at Concordia University conducts in-depth scholarly research and proposes concrete policy recommendations to resolve conflicts before they degenerate into mass atrocity crimes. MIGS has achieved national and international recognition for its national interest approach to the prevention of genocide and mass atrocity crimes from policymakers, academics, leading research institutes, and the media. Today, MIGS is Canada’s leading voice and international partner on Responsibility to Protect issues.
MIGS wants to establish a spearheading Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab, or DMAP Lab. Working at the cutting edge of social sciences and technology, the DMAP Lab will be the first of its kind in the world, dedicated to critically analyzing the impact of social media and new technologies on the prevention of mass atrocities world wide.
The Lab wishes to establish a network of “digital fellows” to provide expert analysis and commentary on early warnings of genocide, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and serious war crimes. By monitoring and analyzing the new social media of vulnerable countries for incitement to hate likely to catalyze violence, it will gather visual and textual evidence of crimes against humanity and genocide for use in eventual prosecution.
The Will to Intervene (W2I) Project is a crucial research initiative that focuses on the prevention of genocide and other mass atrocity crimes. After the terrible events that took place in Rwanda and Kosovo, genocide experts seek to understand how to pressure political leaders to act in a preventive manner to halt massive human rights abuses before they escalate into genocide.
The W2I project has identified practical steps to raise the capacity of governments, legislators and the general public to prevent mass atrocity crimes. W2I fosters public policy debates about mass atrocity prevention and makes key recommendations to government officials, civil servants, media, NGOs and civil society in the United States and Canada to generate the political will to prevent and mitigate current conflicts. Since 2009, W2I has been working to disseminate its findings and secure the implementation of its recommendations in both countries. All of MIGS work on current humanitarian crises (research, advocacy, media interviews and commentary) fall under the W2I project.
The Digital Mass Atrocity Prevention Lab will deepen our understanding of the “power of witness” through the use of technology and innovative digital communications media to detect, document and deter mass atrocities. Not only are potential victims of mass atrocities empowered by these digital tools, but state, non-state actors, and civil society groups, are using digital technology and social media to build political will for mass atrocity prevention. This initiative needs your help.
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