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Step-Up Juba Media Lab

r0g_agency and icebauhaus support the implementation of a community-based media training centre in Juba, South Sudan in a common project since August of 2015. The initiative to create a media lab or hub stems from the Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC) collective, an independent group of young designers, film makers, IT professionals and artists who have come together to help solve the acute post-independence social, political, educational and environmental challenges arising from 21 years of fought civil war.

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Already constituted as the ad-hoc ‘Kapital Virtual Academy’ which focuses on self-directed training in film and video production, use of software and related technical systems and methodologies, the initial focus is now on knowledge development through the creation of professional capacity building workshops and hands-on production. Addressing themes that define specific challenges, such as post-conflict national transformation and the building of an open, democratic, and socially just South Sudan, J-HUB’s mission will also be, through seminar and debates, to provide an open forum to discuss, identify and develop solutions to these challenges.

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One result of the initiative is the Juba_Open Learning Guide:

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Supporter:
this project is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through it’s programme “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”.

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5.workshop_ Juba December 2015

#Defyhatenow
Youth Outreach Challenge
December 19, 2015

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Youths are ambassadors of peace, Youth Empowerment Scheme is conducting one day workshop on December 19, 2015, the theme: #Defyhatenow Youth Outreach Challenge with the focus on the perception and awareness of online hate speech. Online hate speeches had negatively and indirectly fueled the escalation of December 15, 2013 crisis, thousands of photos, images, and distorted messages were circulating in every corner of the social media, particularly “Facebook”. The December 15, 2013 crisis with it elements including social media had sharply divided communities along ethnic line.

As the country is recuperating toward peace, healing and reconciliation #Defyhatenow in collaboration with Ebony Center for strategic Studies is launching an online hate speeches awareness and challenge youth to counteract online hate speech with online peace building campaign messages and photos.

youth Empowerment scheme under the umbrella of Ebony Center for Strategic Studies had done many peace building mobilization campaigns, youth skill acquisitions and entrepreneurship workshops with the overall objectives of rebuilding fragmented social fabric in South Sudan. Youth at the Youth Empowerment Scheme Resource Center work collaborative as brothers/sisters, unity within diversity is paramount.

 

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Defyhatenow Youth Outreach Challenge

1 Opening Remarks and tea break
2 Presentation online hate speech Hon. Malual Tap
3 Questions, comment and reflection online social media hate speech
4 Group will be divided into five groups to identify, define and develop amicable solution proposals.
5 Lunch break
6 Presentations, each group will be given 10 minutes presentation
7 Consensus building solution
8 Two minutes each group giving statement on documentary video
9 Closing Remarks

4. workshop_ Juba november/december 2015

#PeaceHackCamp Juba 2015
Monday November 30 to Wednesday Dec 02, 2015
Free and open to the public.

Bringing together peacebuilders, tech innovators and open culture advocates from across South Sudan and beyond to hack, code, make and collaborate for peace! Visitors are invited to participate and collaborate during the event, in workshops taking place in the format of a “barcamp”.

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24722635036_e337a70537_z#PeaceHackCamp programmes on mitigating social media hate speech and online incitement to violence form part of the #defyhatenow initiative by the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH, in collaboration with the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO.

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What happens when Social Media becomes a channel of hate and intolerance?

Social Media is used as medium of choice of most hate groups today, however, the Internet. And its reach, Social Media allows members of hate groups from all over the world to engage in real-/me conversa/ons with each other

Encouraging intolerance, violence discrimina/on and suppression against groups they despise. Social media and the internet has been a windfall for the spread of these messages and recruitment of new members.

How can people take ac/on to stop hate speech using the medium for peace and innova/on?

1. Real /me monitoring of social media and this should include an ac/ve takedown of facebook pages and violent pos/ngs,

and also working with civil society organiza/ons to establish counter-narra/ves to combat and contest hate narra/ves that are being mediated online.

2. Cast a wide net to reach a diverse audience. Encourage respected community members, students, ar/sts, NGOs, nonprofits, and local business leaders to par/cipate in

The campaign group, following TwiMer feed, and join the social-networking page. They’ll bring a variety of talents and perspec/ves to the conversa/on, and their online presence will send a powerful message to the criminal elements in the community: ‘We are united against you’.

3. The findings of the research will be used to sensi/ze the community members on the nature and forms of hate speech that exist in South Sudan and will be used to develop a strategic response mechanism to hate speech by iden/fying provisions in South Sudan legal frameworks and draws comparison to Interna/onal Instruments towards understanding of hate speech.

4. Tracing where hate speech is present in South Sudan and explores any shorLalls and finally make recommenda/ons to development of hate speech laws in South Sudan.

5. There is need to establish a plaLorm for local communi/es against hate speech by airing peacebuilding programming on local radio outlets. In other words, if South Sudanese have frequent and extended access to media content that is carefully designed to increase their knowledge and change their adtudes regarding conflict, such programming could shie their behaviors at the local level.

extracts of the presenation by Lokuto Bismark CEPO
complete download as pdf

The #defyhatenow initiative is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office

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3. workshop_ Juba september 2015

 


Peace starts within me

Celebrating UN International Day of Peace with a live social media PeaceJam in Juba #JubaPeaceJam Intra-Africa Hotel, Juba & online worldwide! #defyhatenow #PeaceDay

UN International Day of Peace Monday 21st September 2015

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed to strengthen the ideals of peace, within and among all nations and peoples. This year’s aim is to highlight the importance of all segments of society to work together to strive for peace, promote positive interaction between people online, and connect to those with no access or limited access to the internet or social media.

On UN International Day of Peace, the #defyhatenow initiative, through app developer and social media activist Eng-Lual Michael Mayen in collaboration with r0g_agency, brought together community groups, activists and peacebuilders at the Intra-Africa hotel in Juba to hold a social media “peacejam”.

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#jubapeacejam is an invitation to actively make South Sudan’s voice heard above the rhetoric of hate, violence and intolerance. Celebrating unity and independence, together we can take a stand against the forces ripping communities, friends, families and cultures apart.

Working by the Nile in the peaceful garden of the Intra-Africa Hotel, participants from local youth organisations, journalists, students and visitors designed their own ‘peace slogans’ and imagined ways to create lasting peace in South Sudan, and indeed around the world.

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Where social media has increasingly been a place used to stoke the flames of conflict, setting neighbours against one another, #jubapeacejam brings the builders of peace, dialogue and South Sudan’s unique, rich cultural diversity together.

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The #jubapeacejam was organised by Eng-Lual Michael Mayen, a young South Sudanese innovator and app designer. Lual created the Salaam Game, an Android app aimed specifically at conflict and hate speech mitigation amongst youth, and was introduced for the first time to the public at the #jubapeacejam.

The app is being developed in collaboration with the ‘peace mobilizers’ programme of the South Sudanese Committee for National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation (CNHPR), and is being supported by r0g_agency as part of the #defyhatenow initiative against social media hate speech and directed online incitement to violence.

Some thirty activists gathered for this first ever ‘social media peace jam’, including participants from peacebuilding organisations and projects such as Sawa Shabab, FreeVoice, Vistas / USAID, CNHPR, Internews, as well as IDP children from the Confident Children Out of Conflict (CCC) programme.

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Salaam Peace Game was developed by Lual Michael Mayen, a 22 year old software engineering student, and founder of the Computer Bridge for Innovation and Technology, South Sudan.

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Salaam is an Arabic word that means “peace.” The game provides participants the opportunity to play the role of parties in the conflict situations, and to play the role of a mediator who helps the parties reach agreement. You play the game by tapping the screen, and wait for your heart of peace to grow. When it is big enough, pop it to destroy the war symbols that drop from the sky, and the hate that comes from the side. When it pops, the heart releases a shock wave with the word “peace” in the middle and destroys the war and hate symbols. Salaam Game has good music in the background. The song is called “One people one nation,” and entertains the players when playing the game.

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There are so many ways of preaching peace, and Salaam Mobile game is one of them.

Coming soon! What you are saying about Salaam Mobile game:

‘‘Peace is not created with a one-time act: the cease-fire, accord, or reconciliation is just a public point on a timeline between war and durable peace. True peace is built over time, with many different processes and approaches that move conflict into lasting, peaceful relationships. It requires action at many different levels, by different people, in different ways, and at different points in a conflict.’’

Salaam game can be a portal to effective peacebuilding.

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Celebrating and amplifying cultural diversity, the #jubapeacejam facilitates open dialogue among cultures, artists and musicians – using the power of social media to #defyhatenow

#jubapeacejam works across as many channels and platforms as possible to bring online groups together, create slogans, exchange information, ideas and create new communities.

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#defyhatenow is an online platform for peace and solidarity through positive messaging

International #peacehackcamp barcamp / innovation lab takes place Nov 30 – Dec 02, 2015

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#defyhatenow is an initiative in collaboration with the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies and CEPO – Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation.

the project is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office

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2. workshop_ Juba may 2015

Workshop II by the Ebony Center in conjunction with 

YOUTH EMPOWERMENT IN SOUTH SUDAN THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT POLICY FORUM

9th -10th MAY 2015 JUBA GRAND HOTEL

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report extracts

Topics of the day 2: Leadership and combating tribalism

Presenters:
Edmund Yakani (Executive Director-CEPO)
Dr.Michael Roberto Kenyi (Ebony Centre)
Cosmas Khamis(CEPO)
Dr.Lual Deng (Ebony Centre- Moderator)

Presentation I
by Edmund Yakani
(Executive Director-CEPO Community Empowerment for Progress Organization)

Nationalism can be built through exposing citizens to the various cultures in South Sudan and people should move away from the tendency to identify each other based on negative stereotype. Mr. Yakani pointed out that leadership requires vision and as a former University of Juba student he noted that there were tendencies for student elections to go along tribal lines. He formed an organization and they called themselves ‘Reformists’ and their achievements were as follows:

  • They were the first group to elect a woman as the president of their group
  • First group to have a multi-tribal composition where membership was based along 
ideology and not tribal identity
  • They targeted new students in order to encourage them to have a different mindset 
from the more established discriminatory environment in existence

Youth should realize that they have allowed people to influence them to their own detriment rather than use their power as 75% of the population to influence important agenda. Leadership should be an act of governing and a lack of leadership is what makes a lot of people marginalized. There are three areas of leadership

  • Influence of others refers to people in higher levels of leadership influence the lower levels (governors dictating to county commissioners).
  • Interests of dominant groups (cliques with the same interest dominate the system in order to continue benefitting).
  • Public Interest (leadership is for the good of the people). Questions and Comments
  • South Sudanese youth do not have positive role models in government to look up to.
    Generational gaps are a challenge to the learning of history and important leadership 
skills
  • There should be issue based platforms and forums for the youth to address specific 
challenges 
 Peoples support for leadership should be based on ideology and not tribal or regional identity.
  • Democratic systems that support empowerment and delegation of duties to the youth will give the youth the power to do something.
  • Youth should demand for answers on their issues and can mobilize each other at the county or payam level in order build their power to effect change.
  • Leadership should be about serving the masses
  • There should be a program for university students to be mobilized during holidays to 
offer support to secondary schools around the country.
  • Presentation 3 by Khamis Cosmas (CEPO) Topic: Countering Hate Speech on social media
  • CEPO conducts surveys and tries to mitigate violence in social media by joining groups on social media platforms such as Facebook and countering postings of hate speech in the comments sections. CEPO also conducts research and surveys on local websites such as Gurtong, Tamazuj and Nyamilepedia to monitor patterns of hate speech.
  • Hate speech is a major obstacle to peace and stability in communities. Social media is one of the features of contemporary media. It presents opportunities for spreading of information beyond traditional media target audiences and on the other hand presents a formidable challenge to online governance when there is misuse or distortion of content to manipulate attitudes and incite violence.

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Topic: Tribalism

  • Leadership should be about bringing change. Tribal identities are not conducive to freedom of speech and physical safety of all citizens of a country. In the South Sudanese diaspora national associations are declining while tribal associations are rising. National Identities are not prioritized and more emphasis is given to regional or tribal affiliations.
  • 75%-85% take their tribal identity as national identity
  • 10%-20% take their regional identity as their national identity
  • 5%-10% take South Sudanese as their national identity

If there is no unity and people continue to believe in stereotypes about other groups then everyone becomes dehumanized in the others’ perspective.

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Mr.Edmund Yakani (CEPO)
We are responsible for our globally and regionally. Since the December 2013 conflict South Sudanese have been labeled as savage arm bearers who are always ready to kill each other along tribal lines. In a recent Intercommunity dialogue (Bari and Mundari) held in Nyakuron Centre in Juba that Mr. Yakani moderating he noticed that people tend to react to words and not issues and thus these processes are very sensitive to use of language.

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Supporters:

the project is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office

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Partners:

Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (EBSS)

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#PeaceHackCamp 2015

#PeaceHackCamp

Juba, South Sudan … November 30 to December 2, 2015

Bringing together peacebuilders, tech innovators and open culture advocates from across South Sudan and beyond to hack, code, make and collaborate for peace! Visitors are invited to participate and collaborate during the event, in workshops taking place in the format of a “barcamp”.

We invite kids, teachers, trainees, youths of all ages, and all people, with all skill levels from anywhere in South Sudan and beyond to join us for the #PeaceHackCamp”, says director Lagu Stephen.

This is a unique opportunity for people in South Sudan to network with peer innovation communities from other African innovation labs, experience hands-on knowledge sharing and have the chance to exchange good practices from local peacebuilding initiatives.

#PeaceHackCamp takes place in Juba, Monday November 30 to Wednesday Dec 02, 2015. Free and open to the public.

#PeaceHackCamp is a project by Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC), Juba, South Sudan, a community interest based, non-profit organisation. It was formed in 2011 as a network of visionary youths committed to empowering the communities they live, work and study in through the power of media, ICT and open expression. The organisation is concerned with conflict mitigation, media literacy, and the development of peaceful methods of association to help cement the process of nation building, and community development.

KMIC is proud to present the #PeaceHackCamp in collaboration with the Central Equatoria Women’s Union (CEWU) and the Aggrey Jaden Cultural Center. Both organisations are the key venue partners of #PeaceHackCamp as well as curatorial and content partners.

For the preliminary program and to register for workshops go to https://peacehackcamp2015.wordpress.com

tweet #PeaceHackCamp with your Open Culture, Innovation, Open Knowledge, Media and Peacebuilding ideas @KapitalMovie!!

“As hacking means finding new and innovative solutions; in hacking peace, where peace is elusive, we want to help re-open the window of opportunity in the world’s newest country for a peaceful, just and prosperous future!” #PeaceHackCamp director Lagu Stephen Samuel.

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The South Sudan #PeaceHackCamp is an inter-communal peace-building project aimed at media literacy training and networking with people from all cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, literacy levels, including those with informal education, self-taught skills and people displaced by conflict. Initiated by a group of dedicated South Sudanese students, IT and media professionals, #PeaceHackCamp will address how to make and share media, not just consume it, while introducing and creating public awareness on the benefits Open ICTs, Innovation and Open Educational Resources (OERs) as vehicles for peacebuilding, development and national reconciliation.

The #PeaceHackCamp and its training workshops in media and ICT activism have been made possible with the generous support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Internews South Sudan USAID / iStream small grants programme for South Sudanese media organisations (April 2015 – March 2016)

The #PeaceHackCamp barcamp on ‘Innovation Hubs and Youth Empowerment’ forms part of the KMIC Step-Up Juba Media Lab project, in collaboration with icebauhaus e.V. (Weimar) and r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH (Berlin), funded by the German Federal Ministry of International Cooperation and Development (BMZ) through it’s programme of “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”.

#PeaceHackCamp programmes on mitigating social media hate speech and online incitement to violence form part of the #defyhatenow initiative by the r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH, in collaboration with the Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO).

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Supporters:

the #defyhatenow initiative is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office

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1. workshop_ JUBA april 2015

“Identifying, Mapping and Developing Mitigation Strategies against Social Media Hate Speech and Directed Online Incitement to Violence”

Saturday April 25, 2015
10.00 – 18.00  in Juba

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 organizations, 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 peace-building 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.


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Supporters:

the project is funded by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) with means of the German Federal Foreign Office

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Partners:

Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (EBSS)

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Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO)

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