PeaceTech Lab, a nonprofit working to reduce conflict using tech and data, has launched a strategic partnership with London-based law firm Hogan Lovells.
Hogan Lovells selected the nonprofit as its new global citizen partner for a three-year period. Over this time, the law firm will support PeaceTech Lab — which is an arm of the U.S. Institute of Peace and headquartered near the National Mall in D.C. — through pro bono legal advice, fundraising and volunteering opportunities.
. @HoganLovells picked us as its new global citizenship partner! The Global law firm will support us through pro bono legal advice, fundraising & skilled volunteering for the next 3 years. We're so proud of this #partnership🤝
Learn more about it 👉 https://t.co/04RKFy0uGq
— PeaceTech Lab (@PeaceTechLab) February 5, 2020
Founded in 2014, PeaceTech Lab offers products, trainings and services to combat violent conflict ranging from online hate crimes to displaced refugees, with a network spanning 47 countries. It runs various programs including a division that produces radio and television content for communities impacted by conflict and an engineering master’s program in partnership with Drexel University. The nonprofit works directly with activists and non-governmental organizations in conflict zones.
“What impresses me most about PeaceTech Lab is their ability to approach the world’s oldest challenge — human conflict — through the new lens of technology, media, and data,” said Hogan Lovells Chair Leopold von Gerlach in a statement. “With simple technologies and training, they are helping the fight against corruption, misogyny, and violent extremism in some of the most dangerous places on earth. We are proud to support them.”
Another initiative this partnership will support is PeaceTech Lab’s D.C.-based accelerator for startups creating or working with tech to manage or prevent conflicts while promoting sustainability and peace. Hogan Lovells employees will also have a chance to partake in PeaceTech trainings, workshops and community-based activities worldwide.
“Today we have the unprecedented ability to send pictures, money, and information around the globe at the push of a button. This means that with a simple cell phone or laptop computer, anyone can be a peacebuilder,” said PeaceTech Lab CEO Sheldon Himelfarb. “We see Hogan Lovells’ 6,000 employees as 6,000 opportunities to put into action the motto we live by: that everyone has the power of PeaceTech.”-30-
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