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

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.

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Pioneering Open Tech Innovation: #ASKotec Access to Skills & Knowledge Kit


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#defyhatenow – a peacetech approach to mitigate mass violence in South Sudan

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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 and traditional media tools for networking, communication and awareness-raising; and

2) Creating hardware and software systems that allow people

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Join the HATE NEWS conference in Berlin

As part of the Misinformation Ecosystems Conference Series 2018 and in partnership with r0g_agency a.o. Disruption Network Lab presents:


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 into the online and offline consequences of spreading hate and false facts in the context of social media and the press, and analyses technological and social responses to these phenomena.

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South Sudanese colleagues visiting Berlin

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 re:publica and will attend the Open Tech Summit here in Berlin.



We celebrated their arrival with our own annual tradition of the r0g_agency meet’n’greet and presented the key milestones of our work:

  • the Open Hardware Field Kit #ASKotec
  • the Hate Speech Awareness project #DefyHateNow with our current social media campaign #Thinkb4uclick
  • a special sneak preview screening of DEFY – the film the new film by Sam Lukudu and Cont de Monk; shot and produced entirely on location in Juba, South Sudan

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Out now – the documentation booklet of the Step-Up Juba Media Lab 2015


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an initiative by r0g_agency and icebauhaus supporting the implementation of a community-based media training centre in Juba, South Sudan. The idea to create a media lab has its roots in the Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (KMIC) collective, an independent group of young designers, film makers, IT professionals and artists who came together to help solve the acute post-independence social, political, educational and environmental challenges which arose through the long-lasting conflicts in South Sudan.


The “Step-Up Juba Media Lab” project is a collaboration between icebauhaus, Kapital Movie Industry Corporation (Juba) 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 “Support for Media, Access to Information and Freedom of Expression”.

South Sudan Inside-Out: Rebooting the Peace


Three years after independence, South Sudan is facing a crisis that threatens to tear the young nation apart. Political clashes, ethnic violence and widespread humanitarian crises are exacerbated by the growing role of social media. What solutions can be found to re-boot the peace process and #DefyHateNow?

On July 8th 2014, the eve of South Sudan’s third anniversary of independence, the Germany Africa Foundation in collaboration with r0g_agency and Talk of Juba will be hosting South Sudan Inside-Out: Rebooting the Peace – #DefyHateNow in Berlin. This event explores the role of social media in aggravating the conflict, yet perhaps providing a path to peace and reconciliation. Continue reading South Sudan Inside-Out: Rebooting the Peace


Art, Culture and open Technology in the changing Arctic

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 for the circumpolar region. Selected art and technology projects that highlight the poetic and cultural complexity of the Earth’s polar regions including C_plexus Solaris a spectral research project by leading German media artist Jan-Peter E.R. Sonntag, and plans for a Circumpolar Cultures and Technologies Summit aimed at examining the crucial roles played by art and global culture along with open, collaborative and public domain technologies in creating sustainable and independent Arctic societies was also be presented.

For more in-depth information regarding current API activities and circumpolar issues related to cultural strategy, art and technology in the Canadian North, please download ‘Arctic Geopolitics and Autonomy‘ the second in a series of 4 cahiers published by the Arctic Perspective Initiative, edited by Nicola Triscott and Dr. Michael Bravo.
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