Wired Palestine looks at the role of the internet in the Middle East peace process.
Oxfam and Community Aid Abroad in Jerusalem are involved in a project to wire up refugee camps in Palestine so that young Palestinians can talk to refugees in other parts of Palestine and around the world.
In Western Sydney, Enda Murray has been working with young Palestinians aged 16 to 25 for 4 months to construct a creative youth portal for young Palestinians on the world wide web. The project has thrown up some very interesting ideas about identity and how the internet will mediate identity in the future.
For so long without a nation state, how will the creation of a community in cyberspace affect a people’s sense of who they are and where they belong?
Wired Palestine explores these issues by visiting Palestinian communities in Western Sydney and in Palestine itself. The program talks to the young participants in the projects and find out what they think of the new communication tools they now have access to.
The program also speaks with political activists on both sides of the divide, and the NGO’s and media organisations behind the internet initiatives to see what informed the creation of the cyber community. What difference have these initiatives made to the search for peace? Has it brought the warring communities together? What lessons are there for other diasporic communities in using these technologies to preserve a connection with the lives they have left behind?