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MEDIA & MAKERS: JUBA 2012 aims to develop scenarios for a sustainable civil society in South Sudan, with an emphasis on openness, accessibility and transparency. Let’s create the world’s first Open Source Country – a new model for Africa and the world!

In collaboration with leading African and international open source and open knowledge specialists the event will explore potential elements of a new ‘open source culture’ in South Sudan that can tackle issues of post-conflict transformation, ICT innovation, education, resource management, policy transparency and economic development.

>>> The “OPEN KNOWLEDGE” Stream

The ‘Open Knowledge’ or ‘Makers’ stream at MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA 2012 builds on the groundwork of #OSJUBA and TEDxJuba in exploring the means and structures of contemporary open culture in South Sudan, with a focus on open data & open knowledge, ICT, and innovation. Using mechanisms readily available in the public domain, tools that access open data, networks, opinions and methodologies such as crowdsourcing, eLearning, social networking and open technologies, open systems allow citizens to have a say in their future.

#MMJUBA PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION

MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA2012: Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum, December 11-13th, Juba, South Sudan

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MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA2012: Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum Dec 11 – 13, 2012 Juba, South Sudan

>>> The “OPEN KNOWLEDGE” Stream The Open Knowledge or Makers stream of MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA 2012 builds on the groundwork of #OSJUBA and TEDxJuba in exploring the means and potentials of contemporary open culture in South Sudan, with a focus on open data, knowledge, ICT, and innovation. As ‘Makers’- active and hands-on people who innovate by creating, testing and implementing new solutions to complex challenges – the participants in this component of the event work through a strategic visioning process to identify needs and opportunities around the practice and implementation of ‘open’ solutions in South Sudan (including: open source, open data, open knowledge, open ICT, etc). Using the means and methodologies of the world’s open source and free culture communities, in particular those of leading African Open Source initiatives, participants will look at how South Sudan can capitalise on its historic window of opportunity to create a new identity for itself as a leading nation in the open source movement. To achieve this, the stream is constructed around a series of interconnected focus rounds informed by the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach – a dialogue and capacity-building process that helps groups identify their collective hopes and visions, using a 4-D model of discovery, dream, design, and delivery. This format invites participants to actively collect a diverse range of ideas and opinions from and then jointly develop plans and strategies that are relevant and useful to the community at large. This process will focus on established and prospective South Sudanese open knowledge, development and cultural collaboration projects with an aim to create a strong, sustainable and open civil society. The results of the various working groups will be formulated and presented in an open plenary session together the Sustainable Media stream on the third day of the event, with an aim to identify cross-sectoral synergies and global priorities, creating ‘delivery strategies’ for Open Knowledge in South Sudan. Focus Group O1: Open Sourcing South Sudan Tuesday, December 11, 2012 part 1: 11.30 – 13.30 Introducing Open Cultures part 2: 15.00 – 18.00 Open Cultures as Catalysts for an Open Society Lead-in Contributors Ela Kagel, Free Culture Incubator, Supermarkt, Berlin Dorothy Gordon, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT / FOSSFA, Accra Guest Specialists Hon. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Government of South Sudan (tbc) Davide Storti, UNESCO Knowledge Societies Division, Paris Peter Lasu Ladu, Civic Engagement Centre, Juba Moderator / Facilitator Asteway Negash, FOSSFA, Addis Ababa Overview & Objectives The Open Sourcing South Sudan Focus Group is intended to introduce the concepts behind the global open source movements and the broader realm of ‘open cultures’ as generators of knowledge, capacity building and citizen empowerment for the democratic and social development of society. Leading international open culture organisations such as the Free and Open Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) are playing major roles across Africa in helping to create stable and open civil society structures. Their missions in promoting the adoption of Open Source in national policies, or to help empower citizens, and harness the power of new technologies to make government and civil society structures more effective are powerful models to be considered in South Sudan’s path towards building a strong and independent voice among nations. One of the major barriers to achieving such goals across all sectors of society is the acute lack of access to knowledge and data, and the means to process this material into meaningful information. With more focussed implementation of open source solutions and collaborative technologies, existing organisations that lack adequate internet connectivity and technical infrastructure such as the Juba Civic Engagement Center could more effectively fulfil their mandate and vision to provide such access and opportunities. Using open source solutions including free software, public domain resources, and the power of active international peer communities these initiatives have the potential to become key players within a network of partners that includes government, media, education and civil society organisations. Open Source tools and methodologies such as those employed by UNESCO’s Open Knowledge Communities are also recognised by the United Nations as key resources in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The focus group will examine how Open Source concepts using innovative, often African-based open source and ICT solutions relate to the future of South Sudan as an active contributor to regional development alongside its international neighbours. Following the introductory talks, participants will break into groups by sector to complete a participatory mapping and visioning exercise, designed around the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) process. The exercise will focus on the “Discovery” and “Dream” components of AI, supporting participants to understand the collective reality of ‘open systems’ in South Sudan and, in turn, develop a shared vision for the future in this space and region. While breakout groups will focus on their respective sectors, a round-up session at the end of the discussion will identify areas of shared need and opportunity for data & knowledge across sectors – synergies that can be built upon in the subsequent Open Data and Open Innovation focus rounds. Guiding Questions: How can Open Source and Open Government models be applied to South Sudan’s unique emergent situation? How can Open Source and Open Data solutions help to empower civil society, foster innovative development and work to generate transparency and accountability in Government? How do these factors act as catalysts to secure social and economic development? What role could South Sudan play in setting new standards usable to other African countries and internationally if it were to implement Open Source or Open Culture policies? What is the feasibility of adopting Open Source in national policy and how can this enhance implementing Open Source solutions ‘on the ground’. Focus Group O2: Open Data for Open Knowledge Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11.00 – 13.30 Lead-in Contributor Philip Thigo, SODNET, Nairobi Guest Specialists David Chan Thiang, National Bureau of Statistics, Juba Mark Kaigwa, Afrinnovator, Nairobi Amrit Naresh, Open Oil, Berlin Peter Marino M. Pitya, Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning, Juba Moderator/ Facilitator Philip Thigo, SODNET, Nairobi Overview & Objectives Open Data is a cornerstone of civil empowerment, supporting economic and social development, improving government transparency as well as government’s own understanding of the world in which it operates. Open Data acts as a gateway to better education and knowledge, fostering communication and interaction between numerous communities across society. The Open Data for Open Knowledge focus group is designed to identify resources, opportunities and gaps in data & knowledge collection, sharing, and management processes in South Sudan, with a focus on specific sectors (e.g. education, health, economic development, media, culture & identity, resource and crisis management, food security & livelihoods, and emergency response). The session will begin with an overview of data collection and information management systems, followed by an introduction to the concepts of ‘open data’ and knowledge management for development scenarios. A series of brief talks or presentations will introduce key ideas and theoretical frameworks, and examine leading open data programs such as the Transparent Africa initiative of the Kenya Open Data portal. Open Source platforms such as Kenya based Ushahidi which creates tools to crowdsource, or collect, map and visualise diverse forms of citizen and government data (i.e. to monitor elections) to activist projects such OpenOil, which aims to publish the data in oil contracts help to ‘democratize information’, will be discussed in their capacity to increase transparency and lower the barriers for individuals to share their stories. The concepts behind Open Data, including making government more accountable to its citizens, providing open information to create public knowledge ‘commons’ which greatly impacts on citizens ability to develop new scenarios for generating income or expressing independent opinions through open and verifiable means. Initiatives such as the High Frequency South Sudan Survey being conducted by the South Sudan Bureau of Statistics create new forms of demographic narratives and cultural histories that are aimed at preventing renewed violent conflict by ‘closely monitoring economic, social, and political stress factors that can compromise the country’s path from fragility to stability.’ In addition to open data and knowledge management, the focus round will explore the themes of real-time data collection and the importance of actionable data, in relation to existing uses and potential projects. Speakers will be identified based on experience to-date (in South Sudan or elsewhere) and talks will mix general overview with concrete examples. Guiding Questions: What is the role and value of ICT, open data and knowledge management, as well as its sharing in development? What strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats exist in data and knowledge management in South Sudan? How would we like to see data and knowledge evolve in South Sudan—what is our vision? Focus Group O3: Open Innovation and ICT: Tools of the Trade Wednesday, December 12, 2012 15.00 – 18.00 Lead-in Contributors Eugenio Tisselli, Open Source Systems Developer, Mexico City Mark Kaigwa, Afrinnovator, Nairob Guest Specialists Kenyi Ndipa, IT Officer, Office of the President, Juba Iduol Ahang Beny, Children’s Pavilion, Juba Jay Cousins, icecairo/GIZ, Cairo Severin Peters, AgenZ/GIZ, Berlin Mikael L. Clason Hook, World Bank, Juba Moderator / Facilitator: Stuart Campo, Technology for Development / Innovations Team, UNICEF Juba Overview & Objectives: The Open Innovation and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) session is designed to build on the discussions and key outcomes of the Open Data for Open Knowledge focus group, identifying opportunities to leverage Open ICT in South Sudan as tools of social interaction, community development vehicles to address the country’s many challenges. As with the Open Data for Open Knowledge session, the Open ICT focus round will begin with a series of short talks to introduce key questions and themes, and share examples of Open ICT successes and challenges relevant to South Sudan, such as the economic and conceptual benefits of wide-scale open source software implementation. The session will explore ICT infrastructures and access and the notion of open source development of ICT tools, with a focus on the approaches needed for structural, government and citizen empowerment. The session will establish the principles of open innovation in relation to products, programs, processes, and partnerships. Using the examples of innovative projects using open ICT such as a proposed ‘interactive’ Children’s Pavilion to create and map out a network of African playspaces for children, to community-based initiatives such as the African iHubs or ICE (innovation – collaboration – entrepreneurship) network, to global initiatives to promote innovation and ICT for development in major bilateral institutions, such as UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, the key principles of openness and inclusiveness, user-based design, building on experience, scalability, and sustainability will be explored. In doing so, the session will also come back to the roles of the ‘Makers’ and how capacity building strategies using DIY (Do-It-Yourself) and DIWO (Do-It-With-Others) can generate new forms of innovation. The group will focus on identifying selected open ICT-based projects to realize their vision for Open Innovation and ICT, along with the related collaborative and management practices involved. After identifying a project, the participants will explore the processes, programs, and partnerships necessary to design, deploy, and scale their ideas with a focus on innovating within existing structures. The discussions and exercises constituting the Open Innovation and ICT session are designed to lay the groundwork for an overall (or inclusive) innovation ecosystem for South Sudan. The vision here is for partners leading and participating in the forum to define the potential framework for an Open Juba Innovation Lab (as part of a South Sudan Innovation Lab/Hub network), to be launched in 2013 Guiding Questions: What is the potential role and value of innovation—in products, programs, processes, and partnerships—in South Sudan? What opportunities exist for innovating and implementing open source solutions within existing structures that constitute the South Sudan development and humanitarian landscape? How can innovative products, processes, programs, and partnerships support the realization of a shared vision for Open Data & Knowledge and Open ICT in South Sudan? What commitments must we make to realize this vision for an innovation-driven South Sudan? How can any new structures for Open Innovation be inclusive and freely accessible to as wide a community as possible in South Sudan – particularly in regions where infrastructure and resources are minimal?

#MMJUBA

Media&Makers: JUBA 2012 – Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum brings together policy makers, journalists, researchers, open source developers, and civil society stakeholders to develop scenarios for a sustainable media sector and civil society in South Sudan, with an emphasis on openness, accessibility and transparency.

Let’s create the world’s first Open Source Country – a new model for Africa and the world! In collaboration with leading African and international open source and open knowledge specialists the event will explore potential elements of a new ‘open source culture’ in South Sudan that can tackle issues of post-conflict transformation, ICT innovation, education, resource management, policy transparency and economic development. The process will examine established and prospective South Sudanese open knowledge, development and cultural collaboration projects with the aim to create a strong, sustainable and open civil society.

#MMJUBA PROGRAMME

The “OPEN KNOWLEDGE” Stream

The ‘Open Knowledge’ or “Makers” stream of Media&Makers: JUBA 2012 builds on the groundwork of #OSJUBA and TEDxJuba in promoting open source solutions in South Sudan, with a focus on open data & knowledge, ICT, and innovation. A central objective of the “Makers” component of the conference is to work through a strategic visioning process with participants to identify needs and opportunities around open source solutions (incl. open data, open knowledge, open ICT, etc.) in South Sudan, and asks whether South Sudan can capitalise on its historic window of opportunity as it builds its new identity and become the world’s first Open Source Nation.

The event is hosted by r0g_agency and MICT in collaboration with UNESCO, UNICEF and partners in South Sudan including the Juba Civic Engagement Center (CEC), the Gurtong Network, AMDISS and the University of Juba. The meeting acts as a follow up to the #OSJUBA conference held in Berlin in June 2012.

Vision. Opportunity. Future.
Creating Models of Open Development in South Sudan

As a model, Open Source is about the effective, free and unhindered sharing of information–using this for creative, sustainable and innovative solutions to challenges facing a community or nation. It helps provide access to and distribution of vast amounts of knowledge and experience that rightfully belongs in the public domain, and uses tools for collaboration and participation to create ‘open spaces’ for action and knowledge that in turn fuel social, economic and cultural development. Such “Open Spaces” are a key element in the complex establishment of democratic structures in post-conflict regions, and have the ability to act as powerful platforms for the empowerment of civil society, fostering open and better governance and more effective development by and for the population at large. At the most critical level, as noted during the global Social Media Week 2012 by South Sudan’s ambassador to Germany H.E. Sitona Abdalla Osman, they can ‘give a new voice to those members of society who have historically been voiceless, never having been able to exercise their rights to speak.’

These are also the fundamental elements of the global Open Source’ and Free Culture communities (i.e. among them the Free and Open Software Foundation of Africa (FOSSFA), the Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), and the Open Government Partnership (OGP)) that fuel innovation, education and social development, enabling and supporting citizen participation, access to information and freedom of expression. Using mechanisms readily available in the public domain, tools that access open data, networks, opinions and methodologies such as crowdsourcing, eLearning, social networking and open technologies, open systems allow citizens to have a say in their future.

How to merge both mandated government policy with informal or ‘grassroots’ initiatives, where information, communication and knowledge sharing are not necessarily applied with common goals or interests, forms part of the challenge that new governments like South Sudan face in creating stable, prosperous and effective civic institutions. Often, these goals and methodologies are abstract and difficult to conceive, especially where infrastructure is weak and access to information, technology and experience is limited or hindered. Practical scenarios for the implementation of open source methodologies – in government, education, health, urban, social or economic development – can be created with Open Source systems.

Open source tools, open data resources and open knowledge mechanisms work to narrow the digital divide by using systems and solutions that operate often with simple technologies adapted to unique, complex or remote environments, using resources efficiently, and lowering the thresholds of access and technical literacy. As such Open Source systems can form the basis for collaboratively ‘building’ a new and sustainable national entity – one that serves all in all regions, even with the naturally competing and divergent interests within society.

Hello r0g_world!

Welcome to r0g, the collaborative agency for open culture, art and critical transformation currently being formed in Berlin Germany. The agency, initiated by Stephen Kovats, with a team of friends and colleagues including Ela Kagel, Micz Flor and Therese Breyer, is currently being set up. We’ve recently wrapped up our third event #OSJUBA and as the agency continues to structure itself we’ll have more info, connections, updates and new ideas about projects, events and the various initiatives we are involved with and are working on!

Our first public mini-presentation was part of the Free Culture Incubator finale January 26th at our ‘home base’ the Supermarkt, located in Berlin’s Brunnenviertel (check out Jodi Rose’s excellent report here). As we work on researching and setting up the agency, we held our first major public event ‘CIRCUM / POLARITY: Art, Culture and Open Technology in the Changing Arctic‘ at the Embassy of Canada’s unique Marshall McLuhan Salon on Wednesday February 29th. CIRCUM / POLARITY, as a project within the transnational Arctic Perspective Initiative is aimed at developing the role of open source culture, art and technology in collaboration with Inuit and Nordic cultures, as a means of strengthening cultural autonomy in the circumpolar regions. There’s more info on this through r0g’s CIRCUMPOLARITY thread, and by following @arctic_init on twitter!

#OSJUBA
Juba, South Sudan. The world’s first Open Source City?

r0g and its partners SUPERMARKT, MICT, KOW and Sourcefabric held its preliminary event focussing on open source culture and post-conflict development #OSJUBA, on June 21st at KOW, and June 22nd at SUPERMARKT. In the age of participatory and social networks, creative hactivism, powerful collaborative media platforms and sustainable open technologies, #OSJUBA (aka ‘Open Source City Juba’) seeks to apply the methodologies of the world’s diverse open source communities in creating new forms of sustainable development. Taking the new state of South Sudan as prime example of the challenges faced by a radically new political, social, economic and societal order after decades of shattering, and indeed lingering conflict #OSJUBA proposes an Open Source Framework for Regional and National Development, which could lead to the establishment of the world’s first Open Source Capital City.

#OSJUBA was a great success, with a diverse and highly motivated group of participants – internationally recognised open source and development experts coming from artistic, activist, journalistic, policy and technological fields. It was also a great pleasure to welcome Jodi Rose back, this time in her capacity as Or0gPO *Official r0g_agency Prezi Officer* structuring #OSJUBA input, output and feedback into a comprehensive prezi sketchpad, available for anyone to access and use (CC/BY). For more information, documentation and links to the participants consult the #OSJUBA thread, follow us on twitter @intertwilight, or contact us via events at r0g-media dot org

r0g is building up … so please stay tuned and feel free to give us your feedback!