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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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Yohanna Loucheur …

is the Team Leader, Development Policy Planning of the Strategic Policy and Performance Branch of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). Joining the Canadian federal government in 1997, she has worked on the knowledge-based economy and society, innovative financing for development, aid effectiveness policies, fiduciary risk management and public financial management. She has been coordinating DFATD’s activities related to aid transparency, including IATI, since 2008.

Yohanna Loucheur holds a BA and MA in Political Science (international relations) from the Université du Québec in Montreal, as well as an MSc in Social Research Methods from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She has also worked in Guinea and France.

Ysanne Choksey …

threw herself into international development in the form of Sustainable Agriculture promotion in Uttarakhand, India straight after graduating from her Masters in International Development at Cambridge. Here she headed a research project to understand the connection between good resource management of land and social equality between men and women. Following this, in January 2013, Ysanne became Implementation Director at Allversity, an online education platform that teaches young people about Human Rights, Sustainable Agriculture, Health and Entrepreneurship. The organisation is currently expanding into concrete implementation in the form of a new IT Centre being built in Uganda.

Pernille Bærendtsen …

works as a Journalist, Trainer, Photographer and Consultant. She has 10 years of experience from developing, post-conflict and fragile countries, particularly with capacity building, civil society, culture and media in East Africa

In 2000, she established the Next Stop Serbia peace activism campaign in Serbia aiming at breaking down stereotypes by making people collaborate on joint projects. In northern Uganda, she worked with civic education of South Sudanese refugees (2005-07); with information and development in Tanzania (2007-10); and since 2011 with several short-term consultancies in Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan.

In between, she has worked with Danish civil society in development, with advice, training and grant selection for development communication, and has practice with training, facilitation and presentation. Moreover, she writes about trends in East Africa concerning politics, development, civil society, media and culture. Since 2010, she has written for the Danish Foreign Ministry’s magazine ‘Udvikling’ as freelancer.

Read ‘5 Questions with blogger and photographer Pernille Bærendtsen‘, interview for Vijana FM about activism and creativity (2011).

Heloise Emdon …

is the International Projects Manager at the Carleton University Research Office in Ottawa, Canada. Previously she was programme leader of the Acacia – ICTs for Development (Africa) and Innovation for Inclusive Development (global) programmes. Her focus on ICTs and communications for social and economic development began with her work in cooperative scientific programmes at CSIR in South Africa, at the Development Bank of South Africa and later at the IDRC. She contributed to Long-Term Solutions for a Short -Term World: Canada and Research Development (Harper/Muirhead, 2011), Open Development: A New Theory for ICT4D (2011), and Connecting ICTs to Development: The IDRC Experience (2013).

Dr. Arul Chib …

is Associate Professor at Nanyang Technological University, and Director of the Singapore internet Research Center (SiRC). Dr. Chib pursues action-oriented research related to development issues with marginalized communities in varied cross-cultural and socio-economic contexts. Specifically, he studies mobile phones in the domains of healthcare (mHealth), and in transnational migration.

#DoDevDif participants

Dr. Arul Chib (Internet Research Center, Singapore)

Heloise Emdon (Carleton University Research Office, Ottawa)

Al Kags (Open Institute, Nairobi)

Alejandra Perez Nunez (Westminster University, London)

Yohanna Loucheur (DFATD, Canada)

Geraldine de Bastion (Konnektiv, Berlin)

René von der Waar (@udiovisual taskforce, Berlin)

Ela Kagel (Supermarkt, Berlin)

Abiol Lual Deng (Sanda Consulting, Berlin)

Pernille Bærendtsen (Independent Journalist, Copenhagen)

Ysanne Choksey (Allversity, Berlin)

Jörn Schultz (icebauhaus)

#DoDevDif has an open collaborative format, with many more participants representing various fields of interest and expertise. We’re happy to publish your short bio and/or references here by sending the info to dodevdif @ If it’s not up before the event, we will publish a comprehensive documentation afterwards.


Stephen Kovats (r0g_agency)

Victoria Wenzelmann (Digital Unite)

Ben Wagner (CIHR)

Matthias Froehlich-Rehfeld (GIZ, Berlin)

Lea Gimpel (GIZ, Berlin)

Zara Rahman (CIHR)

Jodi Rose (r0g_)

#DoDevDif schedule

Embassy of Canada (Open Street Map) (Googlemaps)
Leipziger Platz 17
10117 Berlin, Germany
S & U Bahn Potsdamer Platz

// Session I 13.00 – 17.30

The afternoon will feature thematic discussion and working groups on strengthening Open Development research and Open ICT4D practice in areas such as FOSS and Open Technologies in Post-Conflict Transformation, Open Data vs. Privacy and Security, Open Data for Human Rights, Open Agriculture and Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Data and Governance, or Disruptive Technologies and Empowerment. Through a Bar-Camp and World-Café format we invite all participants to bring their themes to the table in an open, interactive exchange.

13.15 Arrival / Meet & Greet
13.30     Introductory Welcome – Counsellor David Ehinger
13.45     BarCamp Session I / 3 Thematic Groups
14.30     Break
14.45     BarCamp Session II / 3 Thematic Groups
15.30     Break
15.45     World-Café (3x20min + 3x5min breaks)
17.00     Summary

Unfamiliar with the Barcamp format? Here’s a short intro!

// Session II 18.30 – 21.00

The evening session features a discussion with international guests including Arul Chib (Singapore Internet Research Center), Alejandra Perez Nunez (FOSS artist / advocate, Chile), Heloise Emdon (Carleton University, Ottawa) and Al Kags (Open Institute, Kenya/Canada). #DoDevDif will wrap up with a special preview screening of excerpts from Made in Africa by Geraldine de Bastion and René von der Waar. The film is a documentary about innovation and technological revolution, breaking clichés and telling a new story of African success and independence.

18.00       Arrival / Meet & Greet
18.30       Ambassador’s Welcome: Marie Gervais-Vidricaire
18.40 Guest Address: Günter Nooke
– German Chancellor’s Personal Representative for Africa
– BMZ Commissioner for Africa

18.45       Discussion featuring Arul Chib (Internet Research Center, Singapore), Alejandra Perez Nunez (FOSS artist and advocate, Chile), Heloise Emdon (Carleton University, Ottawa) and Al Kags (Open Institute, Nairobi)
Moderation: Ben Wagner (CIHR)
20.00  Excerpt screening of Made in Africa by Geraldine de Bastion
Watch the Trailer!


Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation
Digital Alternatives and Social Innovation series

13.00 – 21.00
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Embassy of Canada
Leipziger Platz 17
10117 Berlin
S & U Bahn Potsdamer Platz

(Open Street Map) (Googlemaps)

Help us prepare for the event: Please R.S.V.P. for the event before Jan 20!

From the circumpolar high arctic to the African savannah digital technologies and networks affect all areas of human interaction. They are not just physical or economic drivers but change social interaction and basic societal structures. Key components of this changing (global) society are increasing opportunities for open innovation and knowledge-sharing. In the Workshop Series “Digital Alternatives and Social Innovations” open culture advocates, researchers and social activists discuss the opportunities these shifting paradigms present.

Doing Development Differently – OPENing up Cooperation looks at the need to re-think international development taking into account these rapidly evolving scenarios. The continually expanding tool-kit of open resources for development actions employing ICT4D (Information and Communications Technologies for Development), open data and collaborative citizen driven initiatives are moving faster than the policies to implement them.

The notion of Doing Development Differently aims, by applying and linking the use of open data and open technologies, to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, harnessing these new technologies to strengthen governance. Such ‘open development strategies’ base themselves on the key elements of collaborative enterprise and technological possibilities inherent to the open source movement. They range from open source software (FOSS) to up-cycling and DIY practices, from open educational resources (OER) to comprehensive open data repositories, from crisis mapping, witnessing and citizen journalism to the creation of globally interactive open knowledge and resource commons. The work of Canadian and German organisations and grantees in these area such as the IDRC-funded SIRCA program, the Humanitarian Open Street Maps Team (HOT), or the Open Institute’s open governance initiatives illustrates both the potentials and urgencies of taking a decidedly open approach.

Doing Development Differently is an event by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH, Digital Unite e.V., and the Centre for Internet & Human Rights at European University Viadrina (CIHR) as part of a wider Workshop Series on Digital Alternatives and Social Innovation. For this Workshop we will be hosted by and collaborating with the Embassy of Canada to Germany in Berlin and supported by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

#DoDevDif Key Speakers and Participants

#DoDevDif Structure, Schedule and Location info