#OS SOUTH SUDAN

proposes to apply the means and methodologies of the international Open Source / FLOSS, free culture, accessible technologies and hacktivist communities in creating a vision for Juba – the new capital of South Sudan. Building a model to be applied in the broader context of an emergent, transparent and participatory democracy Open Systems methodologies also play a crucial role in fusing diverse cultural traditions into existing, established and highly engaged global communities.

#OSWARRAP Open Systems Strategies for Peace and Development in Warrap State
As a first step towards a comprehensive ‘Open Systems Strategy’ within the #OSJUBA – Open Sourcing South Sudan Initiative Warrap, the country’s largest federal state, has embarked on #OSWARRAP (Open Systems for Warrap State), as a model or pilot initiative to empower citizens, and strengthen peace and security through open source technologies and methodologies, open data and open government principles. The use of ICTs and open data are intended to act as implementation triggers for the open systems projects being developed in and for Warrap State in order to see and effectively create viable examples of what can be done on the ground in one of the most challenging post-conflict and nascent civil society contexts… → #OSWARRAP

#OSBACK – South Sudan Open Server Backbone
is a self-reliant South Sudan Open Server Backbone, as part of a
comprehensive South Sudan Open Systems based on Open Source technologies and methodologies, using renewable and self-sustaining energy sources. → #OBACK

#OSJUBA The world’s first open source city?
21-22nd June 2012, KOW & SUPERMARKT Berlin (event)
Open Systems in Post-Conflict Development. In many parts of the world, new governments and civic societies emerging from shattering conflict and revolution are facing the challenge to (re)construct nothing less than entirely new nations. Urgent calls to define political participation, state identity, economic development, self-determination and freedom to speak, learn, move and – very often- to reconcile among resolute opponents have transformed seemingly local conflicts into issues of global concern.
#OSJUBA proposes to apply the means and methodologies of the international Open Source / FLOSS, free culture, accessible technologies and hacktivist communities in creating a vision for the new capital of South Sudan. Building a model to be applied in the broader context of an emergent, transparent and participatory democracy Open Systems methodologies also play a crucial role in fusing diverse cultural traditions into existing, established and highly engaged global communities. → #OSJUBA

UNESCO ‘Knowledge Societies’ division to South Sudan to WSIS (World Summit on Information Society) Paris,
Mar 25-27, 2013 (conference)
Towards Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development; UNESCO First WSIS+10 Review Meeting Open Systems Solutions Open solutions for addressing global challenges: Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have changed the way people learn, socialize and participate in a global knowledge production process. In particular, open technologies and contents have contributed to the democratization of creativity and seen as key to social, educational and economic growth and greater digital inclusion.
Stephen Kovats, along with South Sudan’s Warrap State Governor, her Excellency Nyandeng Malek Dielic were invited to participate. Leading a session on Open Solutions for addressing global challenges they were joined by the Director General of Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT and FOSSFA member, Dorothy K. Gordon, the data artist and open cultures activist Irene Agrivina of the HONF Foundation Yogyakarta, senior Federal German Foreign Office representative Johannes Lehne and the President of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) Asha Kanwar.
Read or download the report:
Full Report
Executive Summary
report’s Appendix of ca. 130 case studies and exemplary projects

MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA2012 (#MMJUBA):
Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum,

December 11-13th, Juba, South Sudan (event)
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 systems 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