Thank you to all the participants and programme supporters for making the first #DefyHateNow workshop in Juba a success! The workshop was marked by inspiring and thought provoking discussions enabling us to better understand the mechanisms and many facets of media induced hate and how these can lead to further violence exacerbating South Sudan’s conflict. Local South Sudanese civil society and international media development organisations, including Ebony Center for Strategic Studies, CEPO, Search for Common Ground, E.R.A.D.A., Freevoice, Internews, the South Sudan Women’s Peace Network, UNESCO and the Council for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation joined local media representatives and civil society advocates in exploring how to raise awareness around the effects that online incitement and social media hate speech can have on communities who themselves are not necessarily participants on social media platforms. We now look forward to strengthening cooperation to develop activities, enhance media literacy and awareness of the online mechanisms of dangerous speech, in a concerted effort to #DefyHateNow and support the peacebuilding process in South Sudan.
image credit: Hakim George Hakim … #DefyHateNow workshop group photo on the banks of the Nile River, Intra-Africa Hotel, Juba, South Sudan, April 25th 2015.
#DefyHateNow is an urgent community peacebuilding, training and conflict reconciliation project aimed to strengthen the voices and support the actions of emergent, primarily youth oriented civil society organizations in South Sudan. Initiated by the Berlin-based r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, in collaboration with the Juba-based Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO South Sudan), #DefyHateNow aims to raise awareness of and develop means to counter social media based hate speech, conflict rhetoric and directed online incitement to violence. The project responds to South Sudan’s ongoing civil crisis by addressing the roles played by a wide range of social media users incuding diaspora South Sudanese in either exacerbating or helping mitigate issues, particularly since the eruption of crisis on December 15, 2013.
On July 8th 2014 the ‘South Sudan Inside-Out: Rebooting the Peace’ conference, opened by Christoph Strässer, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid was held simultaneously in Berlin and Juba. Hosted by r0g_agency for open culture in collaboration with the German Africa Foundation and Talk of Juba the event acted as an initial #DefyHateNowdiscussion on the role of social media in the current conflict.
This first #DefyHateNow program development workshop in Juba on April 25, 2015 is aimed to bring partners, correspondents, potential further stakeholders, community leaders, and experts working in South Sudan on issues of (social) media and conflict resolution together in an initial exchange on building the project’s strategic framework. It will discuss issues of social media literacy and verification (groudtruthing), community media interaction (including within UNMISS PoC sites), freedom of expression and means of fostering a ‘culture of peace’ with concrete practice examples, resources and the ways with which to implement social media based violence mitigation strategies.
Additionally, #DefyHateNow seeks to support and see those voices acting against the conflict go ‘viral’ both within and outside the country – also bringing the South Sudanese diaspora into the online peace building framework, bridging gaps of knowledge and awareness of social media mechanisms between those that have access to technology and those that do not.
The workshop is designed as an ‘off-the-record’ project development meeting with a small number of partners and colleagues. Although we will document the event for internal development of the project Chatham House Rules* of engagement will be adhered to
The #DefyHateNow pilot is funded by the ‘zivik – civil conflict resolution program’ of ‘ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen’, with means of the German Federal Foreign Office.
Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation
On Thursday January 22, 2015, r0g_agency for open culture gGmbH, Digital Unite e.V. and the Centre for Internet & Human Rights at European University Viadrina (CIHR), presented Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation, or #DoDevDif. The event, hosted by the Embassy of Canada and supported by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is aimed at strengthening and better defining the notion of ‘Open Development’. Part of the CIHR’s wider workshop series on Digital Alternatives and Social Innovation, #DoDevDif brings together innovative development practitioners including open culture and ICT4D advocates, researchers, policymakers and social activists. Discussing the opportunities open data, ICTs and collaborative citizen-based methodologies pose for a new form of international development practice, #DoDevDif welcomed practitioners interested in Doing Development Differently to an open exchange at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin. The event included an open bar camp format, a focussed debate and a special screening of the documentary film ‘Made in Africa‘ by Geraldine de Bastion and René von der Waar.
Doing Development Differently / #DoDevDif January 22, 2015
Please R.S.V.P. for the event before Jan 10! You will be automatially directed to the Canada Embassy Marshall McLuhan Salon Event Registration page. The registration info is used solely in order to create a participant list with which to best prepare for the event.
Complete #DoDevDif info here!
“Empowering and transforming the life of the community through the power of media and film” Lagu Stephen Samuel
r0g_agency supports Kapital Virtual Academy (KVA), a Juba based grass-roots film and video training initiative founded by independent film-makers and medical students Lagu Stephen Samuel and Richard Dratu in 2013. → read more
By utilizing an Open Source philosophy including the use of OERs (Open Educational Resources), FOSS / open source software and open technologies, KVA aims to build local capacity and community empowerment through the power of film and media production. As such KVA’s aim is primarily two-fold:
1. skills training and professional capacity building in IT and media production 2. advancing the ideals of securing a vibrant open civil society in South Sudan
KVA current course load touches upon a diverse range of topics related to technology, design and media production including:
Basic computer skills
Digital computer graphics
Sound and video editing
But in order to be truly successful, and sustain its independence, express its cultural values and spread their open culture philosophy the KVA now needs real support and partners that share their vision by, for example:
enabling professional guest mentors on a regular basis
equipment and technology
facilitating access to quality educational resources
helping pay staff and cover administrative, travel and location costs
Center for Peace and Development Studies
University of Juba, South Sudan
19.30 CEST (Berlin GMT+2)
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Mülhauserstr. 6. (Hofgebäude 1. OG)
stream archive (event begins at ca. 24 min.):
South Sudan: #DeepDive
Please join us for a special evening with our guest Prof. Leben Nelson Moro from the Center for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba, South Sudan. At a time framed by the extremes of humanitarian crisis, immense pressures on equitable development and great uncertainty in its future political path South Sudan: #DeepDive is a unique opportunity to have an in-depth presentation on the economic situation on the ground in the country’s predominantly rural regions, as well as in its rapidly growing cities. Prof. Moro, who teaches in the areas of development, conflict, forced migration and humanitarian affairs will introduce the major players and discuss the conditions of the very heterogenous population of “Africa’s youngest country”.
South Sudan: #DeepDive is hosted by Dmytri Kleiner and Baruch Gottlieb from the ThoughtWorks Werkstatt in Berlin, in collaboration with r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation.
On July 8th 2014, the eve of South Sudan’s third anniversary of independence, the Germany Africa Foundation in collaboration with r0g_agency and Talk of Juba is hosting at Berlin’s Humboldt University as part of the #DefyHateNow initiative, with a simultaneous event node in Juba, South Sudan. The discussion explores the role of social media in aggravating the current conflict, yet perhaps providing a path to peace and reconciliation.
join the live online discussion
via Talk of Juba. Online moderator Brett McKenna will relay questions and comments for the panelists from wherever you are located!
Thanks to Baruch @telekommunisten for facilitating the stream!
On July 8th 2014, the eve of South Sudan’s third anniversary of independence, the Germany Africa Foundation in collaboration with r0g_agency and the Talk of Juba online community will be hosting South Sudan Inside-Out: Rebooting the Peace in Berlin. As part of the #DefyHateNow initiative, the event explores the role of social media in aggravating the current conflict in South Sudan, yet perhaps providing a path to peace and reconciliation. read more…
Date: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 Time: 19.00 – 20:30 CEST Berlin (UTC / GMT +2) Venue: Senatssaal (Humboldt University)
Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin
In the runup and development towards a first global ‘Summit of Critical Making’ to be held in Yogyakarta Indonesia in 2015, the newly formed Culture Arts Technology Collective CATEC in collaboration with r0g_agency and the HONF Foundation are hosting a [proto:type] event, The Yogyakarta Meeting on Open Culture and Critical Making.
[proto:type]Y2014 highlights the unique and innovative forms of open culture practiced in Indonesia fusing art, open technology and education with grass-roots community interaction. Continue reading [PROTO:TYPE] Y2014→
The Humanitarian Open Media Repository / #OSIDP is a r0g_agency initiative to create an easily accessible and rapid use repository of ‘open licensed’ or ‘free to use’ documentary film, video, audio or other forms of digital media work. The #OSIDP is aimed for use by educators, media professionals, development organizations and local CSOs for urgent crisis and humanitarian assistance. Currently in an ’embryonic’ state, the idea for the #OSIDP was initiated by the UNESCO South Sudan team’s call for copyright-free documentary films to support their “urgent psychosocial activities in the Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps, as well as the Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites of UNMISS (UN Mission in South Sudan).” Continue reading Humanitarian Open Media Repository #OSIDP→
Following up on the MEDIA & MAKERS ‘Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media’ Forum and the #OSJUBA discussions on the role of Open Source in South Sudan’s Post-Conflict Development r0g_team members Stephen Kovats and Clemens Lerche returned to South Sudan on a research and project development trip in November 2013. This continues a dialogue begun earlier in 2013 with H.E. the Governor of Warrap State, Nyandeng Malek Dielic on the #OSWARRAP Open Systems Strategies for Peace, Innovation and Development. r0g_ had the opportunity to engage in more precise discussions on open education, development, security and empowerment issues with a broad range of government officials, civil society organisations as well as students and other citizens.