What is r0g_?

The term ‘r0g_’ is the digital code culture derivative of the English word ‘rogue’. The term is used in its reference to that of the ‘maverick’, one who applies innovation, independence of thought in conjunction with unconventional or non-conformist methodologies for societal progress. It is named after the American politician and U.S. cattleman Samuel A. Maverick (1803-1870) who refused to brandmark his cattle, thus letting them graze freely and openly.


As a collaborative and internationally networked organisation, r0g_ supports sustainable and hybrid forms of cultural innovation and social enterprise in regions undergoing rapid and fundamental transformation. Following a philosophy of ‘open knowledge for open societies’ r0g_ acts to put into practice the mechanisms of sustainable open source methodologies using appropriate and community based technologies (i.e. FOSS, OER, Open Data and related Open ICT4D). It sees these as tools for empowering citizens, where exchange, collaborative production and access to open knowledge are of fundamental importance in creating free and open societies. Our particular focus is on how these mechanisms can held enable peace and foster innovation in crisis and post-conflict regions.


The agency operates as a connector, initiator and producer within a global network of organizations and advocates that develop and implement projects and strategies in fields such as open source hard-­ and software, social media research, education, journalism, E-­government, media arts, urbanism, cultural hacktivism, networked collaboration and digital forms of work. It runs workshops, seminars and conferences, developing its programming worldwide.


r0g_agency works with both grass-roots as well as with governmental and international organisations – often with an interest to bridge gaps between policy and real action on the ground. We are engaged with communities in the equatorial regions of Africa and South East Asia. Currently we are working primarily with communities and organisations in the Republic of South Sudan, Uganda, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Ethiopia and Pakistan. We seek to connect and transcend geographical constraints, eliminating digital divides, creating common vocabularies of communication, mobility and access to open knowledge – bringing DEEP NORTH into creative dialogue with DEEP SOUTH.


Open Technology

OPEN TECHNOLOGY Within all our projects we apply Open Technology to develop open source software, open standards, and open hardware. Contact Timm Wille timm@openculture.agency r0g_OPEN TECH Outcomes OPEN TECH events and initiatives Let’s make technologies accessible Support us

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Open Knowledge

OPEN KNOWLEDGE Open knowledge is knowledge that one is free to use, reuse, and redistribute without legal, social or technological restriction. Open knowledge is a set of principles and methodologies related to the production and distribution of how knowledge works in an open manner. Knowledge is interpreted broadly to include data, content and general information. The concept is related…

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Peacebuilding Peacebuilding is an intervention that is designed to prevent the start or resumption of violent conflict by creating a sustainable peace. Peacebuilding activities address the root causes or potential causes of violence, create a societal expectation for peaceful conflict resolution and stabilize society politically and socioeconomically. The activities included in peacebuilding vary depending on…

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Hate Speech in Germany

October 22, 2020

The widespread growth of hatred and agitation on the Internet has transformed hate speech from an underestimated phenomenon into a persistent threat to democratic communication cultures in Germany. The largest representative study to date on the topic of hate speech #Hass im Netz reveals that more than half of the people in Germany are less…

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Migrant Media Network holds training of trainers to discuss verifying migrant messaging

September 1, 2020

Diaspora plays a crucial role in creative ways to share information to potential migrants reported by Nicholas Bruce What is a migrant was one of many topics discussed at the Training of Trainers workshop organised by Migrant Media Network (#MMN) on 17-21 August. #MMN is one of many projects of r0g_agency, a Berlin-based agency for…

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Refugees as Innovators? How #ASKnet is Empowering Young East Africans

April 21, 2020

Reported by Sara Shedden Casanovas The Access To Skills and Knowledge as a Weapon of Peace He wasn’t raised in a wealthy household. His home town has been destroyed twice. He lost both parents as a child. Life has been very tough, he admits, but when he tells his story, there is no gloom in…

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COVID19 _#StopCorona

April 3, 2020

Common Measures to Stop the Spread of Corona Virus Wash your hands (20 seconds) with soap and potable water Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth Use a hand sanitizer / hydro-alcoholic gel when you’re out Maintain social distance – at least 1.5 metres Don’t hug, kiss or shake hands when you meet Use a…

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International Women’s Day Feminist Café: SHE RHYMES!

March 12, 2020

Reported by Susanne Bellinghausen To everybody who joined us on March 8, at our International Women’s Day Open Culture Feminist Café special program, ‘SHE RHYMES!’, we want to thank you for a wonderful, inspiring and very personal afternoon. Starting off with the personal and moving spoken words by Eilis Frawley, drummer and founder of the…

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DOTS The Impact Summit: Entrepreneurs from all over the world gather in Kenya to co-create open source local solutions to global issues

January 7, 2020

Reported by Sara Shedden Casanovas There is something Vicy Wenzelman can do with ease: cross-pollination. She is the co-founder of the Global Innovation Gathering (GIG), a global network of 190 social and technological innovators from 42 countries. For Vicy, “people from GIG are passionate, they are all burning for what they do, they are hackers,…

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Beyond Irregular Migration: #MMN and a Migrant‘s Perspective on How to Find Solutions to Challenges

January 6, 2020

Reported by Sara Shedden Casanovas Desmond Alugnoa understands very well why many young people in Ghana are embarking on a dangerous journey to Europe searching for a better future. A couple of years ago, he also considered crossing the desert to Italy. Like most of his fellow students, when he finished high school he had…

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January 2, 2020

we wish you all a very happy new year 2020 and want to thank our team, partners, supporters and funders for making 2019 such a successful year.

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Keynote Talk by Fortune Agbele – Migrant Media Network Public Presentation

December 20, 2019

The recent case of a Chinese national found dead in a lorry in England or the boat that sank near the Canary Islands, taking with it 60 irregular migrants from Africa, prove that irregular migration is a global issue. It is estimated that around 30,000 migrants died globally between 2014 and 2018, most of which…

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Reclaiming Self-Expression – African Feminism in Digital Spaces

December 18, 2019

Reported by Blen Desta  Once again our Open Culture Feminist Café featured the feminist movement in Africa last September, this time in a conversation with Rosebell Kagumire, a pan-African feminist journalist and socio-political analyst, on the theme of ‘‘Reclaiming Self-Expression – African Feminism in Digital Spaces.’’ Furthermore adding quality to this edition of the feminist…

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#MMN_Migrant Media Network Public Presentation

December 18, 2019

Reported by Sara Shedden Casanovas Migrant Media Network 2019 ended with a public presentation of the project, at the Haus der Statistik on December 13th. #MMN trainee and political scientist at the University of Bayreuth, Fortune Agbele, opened the event with a keynote talk. She highlighted the need for policy-makers and politicians to apply multiple…

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#MMN_Migrant Media Presentation 2019

November 19, 2019

PUBLIC PRESENTATION DECEMBER 13, 2019 11am – 3pm Werkstatt – Haus der Statistik Karl-Marx-Allee 1 10178 Berlin engaging diaspora communities in social media awareness e& open tech innovation to foster informed migration choices introduction by: Fortune Agbele – Political Science Researcher, University of Bayreuth Please join our team of Berlin and regional based Ghanaian trainers…

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open:fora feminist café – the personal is political !

August 30, 2019

reported by Blen Desta In May 2019, as part of our week-long “open: fora” event, we began our feminist café journey to exchange ideas and learn from different grassroots projects, causes, and social activism in a small afternoon gathering with friends and colleagues from the open culture community.  Themed ‘the personal is Political’; the feminist…

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Workshop: Migrant Media Network (Ghana)

July 9, 2019

4-day Workshop on Social Media Sensitization and Migration in Berlin WHEN: July 17-18 and 22-23, 2019 WHERE: r0g_agency for Open Culture and Critical Transformation, Knobelsdorffstraße 22, 14059 Berlin CONTACT: Thomas Gitonga Kalunge, thomas@openculture.agency, +491772426390 Aim: Training Ghanaian diaspora in Germany to become trainers on social media sensitization in the areas of regular and irregular migration. …

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open:fora showcases how open source can foster peacebuilding and sustainable development

May 25, 2019

open:fora was conceived by r0g_agency & OSEG both as an artistic action and as an open street meet welcoming the whole neighborhood. The event was funded by Guerrilla Foundation, a Berlin based organization that supports activists and grassroots movements in Europe. The organizers sought with this event to open the doors to grassroots change actors in Berlin and across all continents.

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open:fora – the open culture street meet!

April 23, 2019

Hosted by r0g_agency and OSEGDate: between 04.05 – 09.5.19Venue: openculture_officeKnobelsdorffstr. 2214059 BerlinProgramm: www.open-fora.org Welcome to open:fora weeklong neighbourhood open culture street meet, in Berlin’s deep West. In times of increasing illiberal democracy (Orbàn), upload filters and Exiteering the pressures on our freedoms to act, share culture and make voices heard, reinforces the urgency to act…

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Happy New Year 2019

January 1, 2019

We wish you all a wonderful year 2019 and look forward to a lot of fun and fruitful collaborations.

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My #ASKotec Experience – by Hellen Kimaru

December 27, 2018

The following post was originally published by team HyracTech at medium.com/@hyractech. I have this belief in skills if we are to make any economic impact and especially for my country where there are limited jobs despite the fact that young people are well schooled, the expectations and the standards set are that standard college or university…

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Our christmas wishes for #ASKotec

December 1, 2018

In our end-of-year 2018 sprint throughout December, we present to you 31 items that define #ASKotec. By donating to our crowdfunding campaign you support us in assembling more #ASKotec kits, develop targeted curricula, and deliver the basics of electronics and IT skills to young, highly motivated people in transition regions. The christmas packages are packed as…

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End-of-Year event 2018 #HateFreeSouthSudan

November 27, 2018

Juba, 27th November 2018 – We cordially invite you to attend the #defyhatenow end-of-your-events in Juba and various locations in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Egypt to celebrate the achievements made in social media hate speech mitigation since 2014. [Download the official press release End-of-Year Event 2018]   Over the past four years #defyhatenow and its partners has…

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Georgia Nicolau on #ASKotec

November 19, 2018

Georgia Nicolau is the co-founder and co-director at the Procomum Institute. She is an activist and a researcher in the fields of culture, arts, politics and citizen innovation. Between 2013 and 2016 she was the Director of Management, Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Brazilian National Ministry of Culture and undersecretary of Creative Economy and Cultural Policies. Graduated…

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Peacebuilding through social media literacy in South Sudan

October 10, 2018

How can social media literacy accelerate peacebuilding efforts in post-conflict regions like South Sudan? Discuss with us on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 from 5pm. Presentations start at 6pm.   Two of our colleagues from the #defyhatenow project, nominated as Peace Ambassadors to attend the One Young World Summit in The Hague will be joining us in Berlin.…

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#ASKotec in Nepal

September 22, 2018

Our friend, colleague and #ASKotec pro Me’rlyk Erderms Aebdyul is now in Nepal prepping for his demo and talk at Kathmandu Mini Maker Faire (#KMMF) on Sunday! Learn all about the event at kathmandu.makerfaire.com Also in the kit is Hyrac Tech‘s #HyracBox >> Check it out at hyracbox.com     HyracBox is one of the components of the #ASKotec and the HyracTech team published…

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Rob van Krakenburg on #ASKotec

September 19, 2018

Rob van Kranenburg is the founder of the Council – the largest #IoT thinktank. He works as Ecosystem Manager for the EU projects Tagitsmart and Next Generation Internet; chairs AC04 – IoT Hyper-connected Society of the IERC, The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things; is in the SmartCitiesWorld Advisory Board; and is involved in building the ecosystem for the Next Generation Internet. Furthermore,…

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#PeaceJam18 online for UN World Peace Day

September 15, 2018

Download the PDF Version of this press release. Juba September 15, 2018 – #defyhatenow is proud to coordinate the international social media #PeaceJam18 for UN World #PeaceDay on September 21st 2018 with the theme: Peace for all. We aim to connect South Sudanese and peace jammers around the world on UN World #PeaceDay to increase…

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Obasegun Ayodele on #ASKotec

September 12, 2018

Obasegun Ayodele is the Co-founder and Executive Director at Vilsquare.org. Vilsquare is the first Nigerian research company focused on data science to help businesses invest in the African market. Their vision is to globalize accessibility to Africa by creating easy and useful data driven insights about investment opportunities in African communities. Vilsquare helps organizations penetrate…

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Eva Yayi on #ASKotec

September 5, 2018

Eva Yayi is is the Co-founder of GoGirls-ICT Initiative, a Technology Organization that mentors women and girls in South Sudan. Currently, Eva is a Masters Candidate at the Kobe Institute of Computing, Japan holding a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from the Uganda Christian University. She also works as a Teaching Assistant at the…

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Anna Lowe on #ASKotec

August 29, 2018

Anna Sera Lowe is a co-founder of Kumasi Hive, the makerspace in Ghana that supports innovators to build businesses out of their ideas; and the MakerNet Alliance of individuals and organisations working on different aspects of local manufacturing around the world. Her background includes running a factory, a stint as managing director of a tech…

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Elvis Chi Nwosu on #ASKotec

August 11, 2018

Humans of South Sudan aims to promote and bring awareness by showing ordinary people and places. Their main goal is: Realizing The Advantages of Diversity. African Cultural Awareness in Norway in partnership with YWCA South Sudan >> migrasjon.com     “The #ASKotec skill training initiative has been a much needed resilience and peacebuilding tool for the youths of  South Sudan after the new conflict. It…

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Victoria Wenzelmann on #ASKotec

August 6, 2018

Victoria Wenzelmann is one of the Co-founders and Directors of GIG, the Global Innovation Gathering, and founder of the big blue Labmobile. In 2013, she co-organized AfricaHackTrip, a journey of nine European web developers and designers to East Africa to connect local tech ecosystems. She holds M.A. degrees in Cultural Anthropology and African Studies and…

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Andrew Quitmeyer on #ASKotec

August 2, 2018

Meet one of #ASKotec‘s supporters, Andrew Quitmeyer. Andrew studies the intersections between wild animals and computational devices. He’s a professor at the National University of Singapore researching how to blend biological fieldwork and DIY digital crafting. Andrew also leads “Hiking Hacks” around the world where participants build technology entirely in the wild for interacting with nature…

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Online and offline polarization

August 2, 2018

The impact of social media on peace, and how to turn the tide   This article was originally published on frient-peacebuilding-forum.de/../frient-peace-building-forum-2018/…   Overview The worldwide spread of social media both opens new horizons and poses new challenges to peacebuilders. Social media platforms contribute to freedom of speech. Even so, the filter bubbles they create can also…

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Join us in building 5 more #ASKotec kits with skilled trainers

July 19, 2018

Providing Access to Skills and Knowledge in the form of a multi-functional Open Tech Emergency Case gives rural and urban innovators a new point of entrance for understanding the basics in a range of vocational skills from soldering, building simple devices to the handling of important yet often specialised tools that in these regions are…

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#ASKotec at FabLab Siegen

July 10, 2018

The Come_IN Digital Project Week of the Chair of Business Informatics and New Media at the University of Siegen brought together families, senior citizens, refugees and students for a week-long series of activities, building and developing together. The project Come_IN has been building computer clubs in various cities in North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) for more than ten years, always following…

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Between hate and hope

July 3, 2018

Lessons from Kenya on hate speech and political manipulation originally published at furtherfield.org/review-of-the-hate-news-conference The conference began with Jo Havemann presenting #DefyHateNow, a campaign by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, a community peace-building initiative aimed at combating online hate speech and mitigating incitement to offline violence in South Sudan. More than ten years ago the…

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Launching the Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide

July 2, 2018

Download the PDF Version of this press release Juba, 2nd July 2018 – The community peace building initiative #defyhatenow is launching the Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide comprising tools, strategies and resources to combat hate speech both online and offline. Date: Monday, July 2nd, 2018 Time: 2pm – 5pm Venue: Hai Mauna Classic…

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#ASKotec at #Tech4Dev2018

June 29, 2018

The 5th International Conference on Technologies for Development (Tech4Dev 2018) took place from 27-29 June 2018 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Conference in a Nutshell The Tech4Dev Conference is the biennial flagship event of the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development hosted by CODEV at EPFL. The Conference focuses on the potential of technology solutions to…

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A peacetech approach to mitigate mass violence in South Sudan

June 28, 2018

This article was originally published on  frient-peacebuilding-forum.de/pbf-voices-blog/…   How can technologies and digital media be strategically used to achieve conflict-resolution and peacebuilding objectives? To answer this question, peacetech is a growing field that allows peace advocates and local communities to develop new forms of engagement. The term peacetech thereby refers to two different approaches: 1) Utilizing existing online/social…

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#defyhatenow at the Social Media Conference in Kampala, Uganda

June 28, 2018

The UGANDA SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE 2018 had its focus on: DEMOCRACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL (DIS) INFORMATION CONFERENCE BACKGROUND The Uganda Social Media Conference is an annual programme organized by the Uganda country office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) which aims to bring together key stakeholders from government, civil society, academia and…

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Join the HATE NEWS conference in Berlin

June 14, 2018

As part of the Misinformation Ecosystems Conference Series 2018 and in partnership with r0g_agency a.o. Disruption Network Lab presents: HATE NEWS Manipulators, Trolls and Influencers   Investigating online opinion manipulation, strategic hate speech and misinformation – and their impact on civil rights. What is the relation between deliberate spread of hate online and political manipulation? This event looks…

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South Sudanese colleagues visiting Berlin

May 7, 2018

With a range of exciting events happening these days in Berlin we are very happy to welcome three of our colleagues from South Sudan. The founders of the #Go Girls ICT Initiative Yine Yenki and Eva Yayi as well as Bior Jaden attended the annual Global Innovation Gathering, presented at this year’s 12th edition of…

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IoT Day 2018

April 9, 2018

For #IotDay, a group of jHUB pioneers, along with local peers and colleagues came together with other refugees at the Rhino Camp settlement in Northern Uganda to introduce the concepts of IoT (Internet of things), inspire young people through the design and building of open technology-based ‘things’ such as DIY solar chargers, and LED lights.   …

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Raising awareness on the misuse of Social Media

April 6, 2018

Download the PDF Version of this press release   Juba, 6th April 2018: #ThinkB4UClick (Think Before You Click) is an awareness campaign that aims at pointing out the dangers of misinformation, fake news and hate speech with a focus on South Sudan. Over a period of one month, we aim to discuss with the public the…

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DEFY – the film

February 26, 2018

Download the PDF version of this press release   Combating hate speech through the Arts Starring Silvano Yokwe, Doker Stephen, Winnie Joseph, Nicole Mariam Produced by SKP South Sudan, Bilpam Studios with r0g_agency Director Egily Hakim Egily Written by Sam Lukudu   Juba, 26th February 2018. – The community peace building initiative #defyhatenow is proud…

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Mapping Refugee Culture and Innovation Sites in Uganda

January 17, 2018

Since mid-2016 r0g_agency has become increasingly active with its partners on peacebuilding and open tech innovation at a number of South Sudanese refugee settlements in Uganda, primarily in the regions of Arua, Adjumani and Bweyale. Beginning with the first pilot trainings using the #ASKotec kit as part of the 2016 jHUB community development workshops at…

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#vienna school

December 18, 2017

Meeting the Other – a communication project between Rhino Camp and HBG Youths

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ThingsCon Nairobi

December 8, 2017

The #ASKotec team participated in ThingsCon Nairobi. An event organised by our friends and colleagues at ThingsCon, who are telessly working “toward a human-centered and responsible Internet of Things“. The following is from Simon’s event report at medium.com/@jimmiehu/diversity-relevance-globalism-in-the-iot-cced43be412a “[…] A particular take on those specific and highly relevant problems was provided by the team around Jaiksana…

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#Peace4All Video veröffentlicht

November 29, 2017

The new #Peace4ALL music video from the #PeaceVillage in collaboration with #defyhatenow takes place Tuesday March 28th 2017 at 6pm.   More information at www.defyhatenow.net

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November 29, 2017

#RhinoTalks, brought together different actors and relevant stakeholders from South Sudanese NGOs in Uganda, Journalists and refugee settlements leaders with the aim of sharing / developing of strategies for mitigating the occurrence of hate rhetoric among south Sudanese asylum seeking communities in Uganda.  

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#Peace4all video released

November 29, 2017

The new #Peace4ALL music video from the #PeaceVillage in collaboration with #defyhatenow takes place Tuesday March 28th 2017 at 6pm.   More information at www.defyhatenow.net

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Juba Wiki Sprint

November 9, 2017

Wikipedia Peace Sprint Within the #defyhatenow initiative we were training students from the University of Juba on writing and editing information about South Sudan on Wikipedia, the online global encyclopedia from 6-9 November 2017. Read the #defyhatenow press release (PDF)   Objectives Empowering South Sudanese to have a global voice in national narratives and knowledge in…

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Open Hardware Guide published

October 9, 2017

Following up on the 2016 “Let’s Go jHUB” programme, the OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE is an outcome of the Open Tech and Repair Skills workshop which was led by Timm Wille and hosted by the Hive Colab innovation hub in Kampala. As a follow-up to the first Open Learning Guide (#OLG) the Open Hardware Guide gives examples…

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Constructed and Open Identities in the Fog of War and Peace

August 18, 2017

Socio-Political and Historical Context of Hate-Speech in South Sudan | by Roman Deckert.   The people of South Sudan have been suffering from one of the gravest humanitarian crisis since major armed conflicts erupted in 2013. About 2 million have been internally displaced, while more than 1.5 million fled to neighbouring countries, mainly Uganda, Kenia…

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Wikipedia for Peace Berlin

July 18, 2017

Originally published at meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_for_Peace_Berlin_2017 A peace project in Berlin from July 4th to July 18th 2017! […] We think that Wikipedia needs more and better content on social movements, justice and peace in general. So we started up Wikipedia for Peace, which is a community project organized by Wikimedia and Service Civil International. The project is organized as a “workcamp”, where people…

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Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents

December 16, 2016

Using Wikipedia to #defyhatenow in Wau, South Sudan. The #defyhatenow team held a Wikipedia peace agents workshop in Wau.   Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents #defyhatenow 15-16th December Wikipedia was searched to get an initial overview of information about South Sudan, what languages are being used and for things that are particularly interesting to promote peace, unity…

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ojoVoz Workshop in Berlin

November 8, 2016

#defyhatenow Workshop in Berlin, Germany     For more information on ojoVoz visit https://r0g.zeitpunkt-agentur.org/outcomes/ojovoz/

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Workshop: Using ojoVoz to #defyhatenow in South Sudan

November 8, 2016

#defyhatenow Workshop in Berlin, Germany     For more information on ojoVoz visit https://r0g.zeitpunkt-agentur.org/outcomes/ojovoz/

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#PeaceJam 2016

September 21, 2016

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam r0g_agency are very happy to coordinate the international social media #peacejam for UN World #peaceday, September 21st 2016 Events taking place now with #defyhatenow partners in Juba, Wau & Maban (South Sudan); Nairobi & Kibera (Kenya); Rhino Camp in Uganda, Edmonton Canada; and whever you are online. Please use hashtags #PeaceJam #DefyHateNow #SouthSudan…

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#defyhatenow social media #PeaceJam16

September 21, 2016

Peace messages from Juba #peacejam “Peace is our strength” by Abar Algor & “PEACE is NO PoCs” by Soro Wilson. Photo: Hakim George   We are very happy to coordinate the international social media #peacejam for UN World #PeaceDay, September 21st 2016 Events taking place with #defyhatenow partners in Juba, Wau & Maban (South Sudan); Nairobi &…

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September 21, 2016

Peace messages from Juba #peacejam “Peace is our strength” by Abar Algor & “PEACE is NO PoCs” by Soro Wilson. Photo: Hakim George   We are very happy to coordinate the international social media #peacejam for UN World #PeaceDay, September 21st 2016 Events taking place with #defyhatenow partners in Juba, Wau & Maban (South Sudan); Nairobi &…

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Introducing Sauti ya Wakulima to South Sudan

July 4, 2016

Nearly 80% of the South Sudanese population rely on agriculture to maintain their livelihood, mostly rural residents who farm subsistence or cash crops. Half of this population live below the poverty line and need access to better agricultural information, resources and markets. A mere 4% of viable agricultural lands are continuously cultivated in South Sudan…

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Juba as an Open Source City : Urban Planning as a Tool for Peace Building

April 15, 2016

Author: Regina Díaz Salgado – Masters Governing the Large Metropolis Sciences Po Paris  (April, 2016 Berlin) Currently, in a state of civil unrest, South Sudan’s future remains uncertain and worrisome. South Sudan gained independence just five years ago in July 2011, which makes it the newest country in the world. However, newfound independence did not bring about…

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Tech4Life in Karachi

March 11, 2016

‘Creative Application of Open Source Technology Using Arduino’        

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Wiki Sprint at #PeaceHackCamp

December 2, 2015

The #PeaceHackCamp was held in Juba from 30 November to 2 December 2015 with an amazing line-up of South Sudanese and international peace builders. One of the programme activities during the #PeaceHackCamp was the South Sudan Wikipedia Peace Agents Workshop. The workshop aims to introduce Wikipedia, the world’s biggest free and open knowledge resource, to South Sudanese.…

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#PeaceHackCamp 2015

October 6, 2015

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…

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#defyhatenow background notes

May 9, 2015

Background research for detailed “DefyHateNow campaign + robust training curriculum summary of different policies, contexts and approaches re:monitoring and combatting hate speech on- and off-line. r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation Susanne Bellingshausen, Abiol Lual Leng, Yoann Fily, Stephen Kovats, Jodi Rose   #DefyHateNow is an initiative to combat social media hate speech by…

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#DoDevDif – Doing Development Differently

January 22, 2015

How could development be done differently to increase opportunities for open innovation and knowledge sharing and strategies to best utilize available tools? On 22 January 2015 r0g_agency for open culture gGmbH, Digital Unite e.V. and the Centre for Internet & Human Rights at the European University Viadrina (CIHR) hosted by the Embassy of Canada to…

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South Sudan #DeepDive: Prof. Leben Nelson Moro

July 17, 2014

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…

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June 10, 2014

In the run-up 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…

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Warrap Wikipedia Sprint

January 4, 2014

Open Knowledge literacy training   A ‘Wikipedia sprint’ or ‘wikisprint’ for Kuajok, the capital of Warrap Sate, in collaboration with local students and the Kuajok Youth Organisation aims to draft the first comprehensive and community created Wikipedia entry in Warrap State … and perhaps South Sudan by local experts and residents. The sprint format introduces…

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December 12, 2013

    #OSMaLibre_Open_Systems_Proposal from Stephen Kovats

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Report on South Sudan ‘open systems strategies’ research trip November 2013

December 4, 2013

Stephen Kovats and Clemens Lerche (r0g_agency, Berlin) Juba and Kuajok (Warrap State), South Sudan   In Mid-November Stephen Kovats and Clemens Lerche of the Berlin, Germany based r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH, a non-profit organisation working with and developing open source and open systems methodologies in post-conflict development visited South Sudan (primarily…

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#OSWARRAP: Open Systems Strategies linking FOSS & Open Knowledge

October 1, 2013

 – to strengthen agriculture in Warrap State, South Sudan   Abstract. In many parts of the world new civil 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 self-determination, basic freedoms and reconciliation among resolute opponents…

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Social Media Week Berlin

September 14, 2013

[SMW announcement, originally posted on socialmediaweek.org/Berlin]   #SMWBerlin September 23 to 27, 2013 The biggest free new media and tech conference, taking place simultaneously in 8 cities around the world! Powered by Nokia, #SMWBerlin will bring together experts in a range of fields – from science and art, education and gaming, to entrepreneurship and marketing…

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The Future of Open Systems Solutions, now

May 6, 2013

UNESCO WSIS+10 review The Future of Open Systems Solutions, Now. Stephen Kovats r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation (Berlin, 06 May, 2013)       Abstract The aim of this report is to provide an overview and analysis of WSIS Action Line C3 ‘Access to Information and Knowledge’, with regards to the effects and…

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#MMJuba Documentation

January 17, 2013

Media&Makers: JUBA 2012 Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum 11-13 December 2012 Juba, Republic of South Sudan Media&Makers: JUBA 2012 – Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum brought 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…

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Open Source in Post-Conflict Development

June 14, 2012

Twitter: #OSJUBA How do we help Juba to become the world’s first Open Source City? #OSJUBA is a conference and workshop held in Berlin on 21-22 June 2012 that brought together tech enthusiasts, hacktivists, developers and others to discuss methods, platforms and Open Source projects that are being used in post-conflict areas like South Sudan.…

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CIRCUM/POLARITY – Art, Culture and Open Technology in the Changing Arctic

March 3, 2012

CIRCUM/POLARITY was a r0g_media event in 2012 in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada, hosted by the Marshall McLuhan Salon in conjunction with the ‘German-Canadian Arctic Science and Research Conference’. The evening introduced the Arctic Perspective Initiative(API) a non-profit, international group of individuals and organizations working to promote the creation of open authoring, communications and dissemination infrastructures…

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Support us in supporting tech pioneers

Providing Access to Skills and Knowledge in the form of a multi-functional Open Tech Emergency Case gives rural and urban innovators a new point of entrance for understanding the basics in a range of vocational skills from soldering, building simple devices to the handling of important yet often specialised tools that in these regions are normally hard to come by.

Find out more at betterplace.org/en/projects/63347

Join us in getting the funds together to build 5 additional kits and support our trainers by

  • sharing the campaign on Twitter and Facebook
  • talking to your friends and family about it
  • contacting us if you know of companies, individuals and other contacts in your network and neighbourhood who might be interested in partnering with us


Initiated in 2012 and founded as a non-profit company (German gGmbH) in September 2013 by Stephen Kovats and Susanne Bellinghausen, r0g_agency comprises a team of open culture specialists active in locations worldwide.


Stephen Kovats

Co-Founder & Project Manager



Susanne Bellinghausen

Co- Founder & Project Manager



Blen Desta

Gender Equality Expert



Thomas Gitonga Kalunge

Strategy Advisor



Vincent Berendes



Cornelius Fogha




Jodi Rose




Cara Schwartz

UX Designer



Nour Bakr

Social Media Coordinator, Videographer & Photographer



Barbara Bichlmeier




Benedictus Agbelom

Community Manager



Heike Bluthardt

Graphic Designer


Other team members

#defyhatenow team in South Sudan, Kenya, Sudan, Cameroon and Ethiopia; see their profiles at defyhatenow.org/our-team.

#MMN Migrant Media Network team in Ghana; see their profiles at migrantmedia.network/team



Clemens Lerche

Program Development



Mike Loos




Eva Yayi Mawa Upele

Project Coordinator #ASKnet/ Gender Equality Advisor



Timm Wille

Project Manager #ASKotec



In order to achieve our goals of a more transparent and collaborative open global society we work with the following partner organisations:


r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH


Susanne Bellinghausen & Stephen Kovats

Knobelsdorffstr. 22
14059 Berlin

email: info@openculture.agency
T: +49 (0)30/55071900 landline (Berlin, current time)
Skype: intertwilight

twitter: @intertwilight
facebook: opencultureagency

VAT Nr. DE299191076
Tax Nr. 27/602/57389

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