International Business under Adversity
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International Business under Adversity

A Role in Corporate Responsibility, Conflict Prevention and Peace

Edited by Gabriele G.S. Suder

What is the role of international business in this dilemma? How and why do international corporations maximize value beyond core strategy and partners through corporate responsibility? This informative and accessible resource expands the readers’ understanding of the ways in which profit maximization, value creation and community benefit interconnect. How to respect the wider business settings and communities, the environment and encourage peace? Is this just another dream? This book clearly provides a starting point for upstream mitigation, in which collective action allows disruption to be avoided at its very roots. It shows the way into responsible business, as a downright condition for an enlightened self-interest for all parties to pursue.
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Chapter 6: Information Management and Communication Technology for Conflict Prevention and Peace

Jeffrey Soar


6. Information management and communication technology for conflict prevention and peace Jeffrey Soar 6.1 INTRODUCTION Information management and communication technology has much to offer to support public safety and policing in conflict prevention and peace. Police and public safety agencies have been using information and communication technologies (ICTs) for several decades for managing the processes of investigation and preparation of documents for prosecution. The processes of receiving calls for assistance and dispatching response vehicles are increasingly managed through intelligent systems linked to radio communications. These have been enhanced with the availability of GIS (Geospatial Information Systems) for interactive mapping of locations of events and GPS (Global Positioning Systems) for tracking of vehicles. Bio-identity, such as fingerprints and DNA, has been used for some time by public safety jurisdictions. Fingerprints are increasingly used for buildings access, border control and access to computer systems. Community use of ICTs for enhanced public safety include CC-TV (Closed-Circuit Television), and antitheft devices in retail. The current environment of international uncertainty requires both public safety agencies as well as international businesses to explore the adoption of new and emerging ICTs as well as to ensure that their security practices are current and appropriate to the changes. Much of the world’s business crosses continents and jurisdictions; many with increased risks of conflict, crises and terrorism. There is a corporate responsibility to contribute to world peace as well as to close gaps for or exposures to conflict or terrorism that might not...

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