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!! PEACE !!

We categorically condemn the escalation of conflict in Juba and urge all parties to immediately seek a peaceful resolution & implementation of the peace agreement.

Our thoughts and wishes for safety are with the people of South Sudan.

r0g_agency, Berlin Mon 11th July 2016

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#DefyHateNow

workshop_1:

“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

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PDF download: #DefyHateNow workshop background notes and selected referencesShort Description:

#DefyHateNow is an urgent community peacebuilding, training and conflict reconciliation project aimed to strengthen the voices and support the actions of emergent, primarily youth oriented civil society organizations in South Sudan. Initiated by the Berlin-based r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation, in collaboration with the Juba-based Ebony Center for Strategic Studies (ECSS) and the Community Empowerment for Progress Organisation (CEPO South Sudan), #DefyHateNow aims to raise awareness of and develop means to counter social media based hate speech, conflict rhetoric and directed online incitement to violence. The project responds to South Sudan’s ongoing civil crisis by addressing the roles played by a wide range of social media users incuding diaspora South Sudanese in either exacerbating or helping mitigate issues, particularly since the eruption of crisis on December 15, 2013.

On July 8th 2014 the ‘South Sudan Inside-Out: Rebooting the Peace’ conference, opened by Christoph Strässer, the German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Aid was held simultaneously in Berlin and Juba. Hosted by r0g_agency for open culture in collaboration with the German Africa Foundation and Talk of Juba the event acted as an initial #DefyHateNow discussion on the role of social media in the current conflict.

This first #DefyHateNow program development workshop in Juba on April 25, 2015 is aimed to bring partners, correspondents, potential further stakeholders, community leaders, and experts working in South Sudan on issues of (social) media and conflict resolution together in an initial exchange on building the project’s strategic framework. It will discuss issues of social media literacy and verification (groudtruthing), community media interaction (including within UNMISS PoC sites), freedom of expression and means of fostering a ‘culture of peace’ with concrete practice examples, resources and the ways with which to implement social media based violence mitigation strategies.

Additionally, #DefyHateNow seeks to support and see those voices acting against the conflict go ‘viral’ both within and outside the country – also bringing the South Sudanese diaspora into the online peace building framework, bridging gaps of knowledge and awareness of social media mechanisms between those that have access to technology and those that do not.

The workshop is designed as an ‘off-the-record’ project development meeting with a small number of partners and colleagues. Although we will document the event for internal development of the project Chatham House Rules* of engagement will be adhered to

The #DefyHateNow pilot is funded by the ‘zivik – civil conflict resolution program’ of ‘ifa – Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen’, with means of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Supporters:

the #defyhatenow inititive 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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#DefyHateNow – live stream

South Sudan Inside-Out: Rebooting the Peace

live stream:
Tuesday 8th of July
19:00 Berlin (GMT/UTC +2) or 20:00 Juba (GMT/UTC +3)

For other local times, consult the Time Zone Converter.

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(stream via youtube: http://youtu.be/6AeAUl4Ga7A)

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 is hosting at Berlin’s Humboldt University as part of the #DefyHateNow initiative, with a simultaneous event node in Juba, South Sudan. The discussion explores the role of social media in aggravating the current conflict, yet perhaps providing a path to peace and reconciliation.

join the live online discussion
via Talk of Juba. Online moderator Brett McKenna will relay questions and comments for the panelists from wherever you are located!

Thanks to Baruch @telekommunisten for facilitating the stream!

[PROTO:TYPE] Y2014

In the runup 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 art, open technology and education with grass-roots community interaction. Continue reading [PROTO:TYPE] Y2014

OPEN / FREE_ a discussion

What is ‘free’, what does ‘open’ mean? We’d like to share this brief @-mail conversation, that took place in late october 2013 between r0g_team and two r0g_friends.

(A:) I just wonder about the meaning of Open Source material and stuff, are they neccessarially free stuff? If so, it bothers me how do the people getting involved into this revolution make things happen with this world stress financial and economic crisis? I am afraid; this might make the little understanding I have about ‘Open x x x x… things’ appears very stupid, but I really want to (learn) more things everyday about Open source.

(r0g_:) Hi,
there is a bit of difference between free and open … While in general open source licenses are and should be free, the free refers more to ‘free’ as in ‘freedom’ to use, share, build upon, and develop new creations with it. The issue can get a bit dogmatic at times, and for example, ‘open data’, or ‘open educational resources / OER’ are both free and open for public use, but are not ‘open source’ per se as they are not code or materiality in the same way, but are very important elements within the broader realm of ‘open systems’ scenarios. OER for example, is a vast network of public domain information and resources that are available for use in many sectors and contexts. So we talk more about ‘open systems’ or ‘open solutions’ because they are things that put the control and use of the resources in your hands (among other things).
Continue reading OPEN / FREE_ a discussion

r0g_RESEARCH

Part of our work @ r0g_agency is to research and explore the ways in which open source and its realm of related technologies and methodologies can be applied to a broad spectrum of activities. We seek to fuse the power and resources behind open source and open data into means of active knowledge creation and social empowerment, particularly in societal transformation and post-conflict scenarios.

South Sudan Open Systems
Solutions Research Travel
Download the #OSWARRAP / #OSJUBA / #OSBACK Research Travel Report, undertaken by Stephen Kovats and Clemens Lerche to Juba and Kuajok, South Sudan, Nov. 13 – 28, 2013:

#OSWARRAP_south_sudan_NOV2013_report

UNESCO WSIS+10 Review
UNESCO hosted the 1st WSIS+10 Review meeting ‘Towards inclusive Knowledge Societies for Peace and Sustainable Development’, Paris, 25-27 February 2013. This first multi-stakeholder review event looked at the WSIS Action Lines’ achievements, and analyzed recent developments as well as forecasts. Recommendations were also made to the post-2015 process. r0g_agency was invited to participate and to lead the session on Open Solutions for Addressing Global Challenges.

Read or download the report:
Full Report
Executive Summary
report’s Appendix of ca. 130 case studies and exemplary projects

r0g @ OKCon 2013
OKCon is the world’s leading open data and open knowledge conference, running since 2005. r0g was invited to talk about ‘#OSSOL – Open Systems Solutions for Peace and Sustainability’ atOKCon 2013 (Geneva, Switzerland on 16th-18th September):

Accompanying slides to the #OSSOL talk @ OKCon 2013:

 

#OSWARRAP
#OSWARRAP: Open Systems Strategies linking FOSS & Open Knowledge to strengthen agriculture in Warrap State, South Sudan report by Stephen Kovats, Eva Yayi, Eugenio Tisselli.

#MMJUBA
Within the framework of #MMJUBA the OSJUBA_REPORT and the MMJUBA_OPENSYSTEMS_REPORT by Jodi Rose, Stephen Kovats and Amrit Naresh occured

Welcome to Juba!

MEDIA & MAKERS: JUBA 2012 aims to develop scenarios for a sustainable civil society in South Sudan, with an emphasis on openness, accessibility and transparency. 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 source culture’ in South Sudan that can tackle issues of post-conflict transformation, ICT innovation, education, resource management, policy transparency and economic development.

>>> The “OPEN KNOWLEDGE” Stream

The ‘Open Knowledge’ or ‘Makers’ stream at MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA 2012 builds on the groundwork of #OSJUBA and TEDxJuba in exploring the means and structures of contemporary open culture in South Sudan, with a focus on open data & open knowledge, ICT, and innovation. Using mechanisms readily available in the public domain, tools that access open data, networks, opinions and methodologies such as crowdsourcing, eLearning, social networking and open technologies, open systems allow citizens to have a say in their future.

#MMJUBA PROGRAM AND REGISTRATION

MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA2012: Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum, December 11-13th, Juba, South Sudan