Technology and Violence Prevention

Violence, technology, and design have always been intertwined. Arguably, this combination has in fact contributed to the rise of human civilization. But the question of how to design against violence is less commonly asked. Drawing on its core research activities to date, VIPRE is conducting a series of horizon scans of possible material-technological interventions into the conditions of possibility underlying political violence.

Based on its extensive basic research into the conditions of possibility underlying political violence, VIPRE’s core team is currently exploring the possibility of employing material and technological means to reduce instances of abuse in detention. This exploratory work has been carried out in collaboration with engineering scientists at EPFL, Lausanne, and a brief speculative VIPRE White Paper (No. 5, Austin and Leander) details some of our findings.

For further theoretical details see VIPRE Lead Researcher Jonathan Luke Austin’s recent journal article on this topic.