The role of ICTs in Community Building and Reconciliation in Post Conflict Northern Uganda : A case of #Let'sTalkUganda

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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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TitleAnnual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research 2019 (IAMCR 2019)
LocationUniversidad Complutense de Madrid
PlaceSpain
CityMadrid
Period7 - 11 July 2019

Abstract

There are relatively few studies that examine the use of ICTs media as tools that can be used or have been used to bring about reconciliation in war torn or conflict prone regions in Africa. In particular Uganda, that has positioned itself as a lead troop contributor to the UN-AU Regional Task Force in different conflict management and reconciliation initiatives. The #Let’sTalkUganda was a 2016 initiative that aimed at engaging people of northern Uganda and Kampala in dialogue, with a focus on the youth, on issues faced by post-conflict societies in order to promote understanding and reconciliation, to further transitional justice process in Uganda. In this study, we examine how use of ICTs such as social media platform of twitter was and is being used in post conflict societies to contribute towards community building and reconciliation processes in once war ravaged northern Uganda. Started in 2016 during the trial of Dominic Ongwen trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC), #Let’sTalkUganda has enabled post conflict societies in northern Uganda to share different viewpoints and also contribute to how best the community can recover from suffered war atrocities. Using NodeXL a social media analysis application, data of 27 months (June 12, 2016-September 9, 2018) was extracted to analyze how social media platform of twitter was and is being used to reconcile and build a post conflict community of Northern Uganda. Findings from a semantic analysis evidence that from the 1625 users/nodes present in the data collected, the interconnectedness of users was 0.00103 and modularity evidencing the separation of clusters at 0.681. The interconnectedness and modularity evidence that the use of twitter platform in the #Let’sTalkUganda enabled communities in Northern Uganda to follow ICC proceedings in the trial of Ongwen and also contribute on issues of transitional justice and reconciliation in Northern Uganda

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The role of ICTs in Community Building and Reconciliation in Post Conflict Northern Uganda : A case of #Let'sTalkUganda. / Kasadha, Juma.

2019. Paper presented at Annual Conference of the International Association for Media and Communication Research 2019 (IAMCR 2019), Madrid, Spain.

Research output: Conference Papers (RGC: 31A, 31B, 32, 33)32_Refereed conference paper (no ISBN/ISSN)peer-review