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This research explores the ways in which technological advancements have impacted the methodology of non-state actors that conduct conflict assessment by using the Fund for Peace's Universal Network of Local Knowledge (UNLocK) project in Liberia as a case study. Through a comparison of content analysis and mobile reporting, as well as a participant questionnaire, this thesis finds that advances in technology have had a marginal impact to Fund for Peace's UNLocK in Liberia. Despite the incorporation of a crisis-mapping platform and increased mobile phone diffusion, reports actually decreased significantly between 2010 and 2011. The research demonstrates that Liberia suffers from extremely low levels of development and access to technology. However, most UNLocK participants do use mobile phones to report incidents, and mobile phone growth is on the rise in Liberia.

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