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Tech Rising: The Influence of Social Media and New Technologies in Afghanistan's Democracy

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The U.S. Institute of Peace invites you to join a discussion on the evolving role of media and new technologies in Afghanistan's democratic process. Experts from Afghanistan will discuss how new media and technology tools influenced the recent elections and how they can be used to promote better governance in the country.

Kabul Pilot Workshop-During Practice: Female trainer is directing the trainees about making social media account on facebook. Photo Credit: Flickr/Impassion Afghanistan

Since the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, the use of social media and mobile technology has proliferated in Afghanistan and the impact on the democratic process has been astounding. There are now four telecom companies offering 3G services, boosting internet access through mobile broadband. In the most recent presidential election, all candidates used Facebook, and most had Ttwitter accounts. Social media allowed political candidates unprecedented access to young Afghans who make up 68%of the voting bloc. Mobile phone penetration is at 89% and allowed many observers to capture episodes of fraud, reducing corruption during the elections.

On Thursday October 16, USIP will host an event that will explore the evolving role of media, technology and data use in Afghanistan's democratic process, particularly elections. Experts will discuss these topics and share important findings from a report summarizing community concerns in seven provinces around the 2014 elections and beyond.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #AFGNext.

Media Conflict and Peacebuilding
Scott Smith
Sheldon Himelfarb

U.S. Institute of Peace

2301 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC

Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:00am
Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 1:30pm
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