#SMWberlin features leading African activists

Social Media Week 2013, the global new media and tech conference – took place simultaneously in 8 cities around the world, including Berlin. r0g_agency in collaboration with the Otto-Suhr-Institute e.V. and the Heinrich Boell Foundation (Tunis Office) was proud to present four of the world’s leading social media activists, journalists and bloggers, all from Africa and representing fundamental open culture themes that touch our everyday lives no matter where we live or work: Slim Amamou – anti-censorship activist and one of the key leaders of the 2011 Tunisian revolution, Bisi Alimi – Nigerian gay rights activist, public speaker, blog writer and HIV/LGBT advocate, Japheth J. Omojuwa – Nigeria’s foremost political blogger and commentator as well as Heba Amin – Egyptian artist and scholar on Egypt’s unique Speak2Tweet project. Please refer to the press articles about the event, including:

ARABISCHER FRÜHLING: Schluckt das Netzwerk Eurer Feinde Aktivisten in Syrien und Ägypten kämpfen auch im Netz. Veteranen des arabischen Frühlings raten ihnen: Verwickelt den Gegner in Debatten und infiltriert seine Netze. ‘Zeit Online’, 01.10.2013, By Tilman Baumgärtel (in German)

Der schwule Kolumbus Mit Facebook und Twitter erobert Bisi Alimi neues Land für die Homosexuellen in Afrika ‘Der Freitag’, 15.10.2013, By Christa Schaffmann (in German)

Slim Amamou: The Arm of the Monster Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin and Tunis, 08.10.2013 Video Interview with Geraldine de Bastion (text German, video English) Or, for more info … With more than 150 events, many streamed live and with 3,000 unique visitors during the week, Social Media Week Berlin #SMWBerlin is the place to be introduced to new ideas and social and professional networks.

Keynote 1: Slim Amamou – How to Overthrow Governments Through Social Networks: a Theoretical Basis

Tuesday, September 24, 20.15 – 21.00

hosted by: r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation

Slim Amamou, co-founder of the web agency ALIXSYS is a computer programmer and blogger who became one of the leaders of Tunisian revolution. Arrested in 2010 for organizing a street protest against internet censorship and then again in 2011 during the revolution, he was appointed Secretary of State for Youth and Sports in the Tunisian interim government 3 days after getting out of jail. A few months later when the new government began to impose Internet censorship again, he resigned his post. Fighting against censorship and for the neutrality of the Internet, Slim Amamou is now setting up the Pirate Party of Tunisia. His writings focus on the modalities and mechanisms for the emergence of a new global society of
the Internet.

Keynote 2: Japheth Omojuwa – Social Media and Journalism: A different type of responsibility

Thursday, September 26, 19.30 – 20.15

hosted by: OSI-Club Afrikabeauftragte

Japheth Omojuwa, Editor of the African Liberty Organisation, has a deep understanding of the new era of journalism and the possibilities and challenges it presents for both industry workers, and individuals. Join him in exploring how the new tools of social media have lowered the barrier to who can play the role of a journalist, and how the journalistic responsibility is more likely upheld by the average citizen. He will touch on the future for traditional journalists, and what the advent of social media means for their industry.

Keynote 3: Heba Amin – Speak2Tweet in Egypt

Friday, September 27, 17.15 – 18.00

hosted by: r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation

Heba Amin is an Egyptian artist and scholar, currently a lecturer at the Media and Computing Dept. at the University of Applied Sciences, Berlin. Her artwork and research address themes related to urban planning, mapping, film, and technology. After the Egyptian authorities succeeded in shutting down the country’s international Internet access points on January 27th, 2011 in response to growing protests, a group of programmers responded by developing the Speak2Tweet platform. Amin’s work comprises an ongoing collection of experimental films saving Speak2Tweet messages directly prior to the fall of the Mubarak regime from disappearing into the depths of the web archive where they may be no longer accessible

Keynote 4: Bisi Alimi– From the Street to the Web: creating a new generation of advocates and activists

Friday, September 27, 19.30 – 20.15

hosted by: Deutsche Afrika Stiftung e.V.

Alimi achieved notoriety when he became the first Nigerian to speak openly about sexuality on public media. At Social Media Week Berlin, listen to how Alimi has personally used social media tools to engage with African communities on issues of human and LGBT rights – subjects that are considered taboo in the region. The conversation will touch on the role of social media and social engagement in Africa, where a new generation of Advocates and Activists have been (re)empowered to address these issues.

The SMW_Berlin Keynotes took place at the design akademie berlin Aufbau Haus am U-Bhf Moritzplatz Berlin, 10969

All events at Social Media Week Berlin are free and open to the public, but registration is urged – doable via the SMW log-in portal.

As the Berlin edition of SMW grows, so too does the number of registrants and the demand for events. To ensure that SMW can maintain frictionless and effortless participation, this year a premium ticket, called a Connected Pass, to allow registration-free entry and reserved seating, has been introduced. Many lectures will also be streamed, please check the individual event info! Please follow #SMWberlin on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+ or the #SMWberlin feed