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#MMJUBA video documentation

Media&Makers: JUBA 2012
Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum
11-13 December 2012
Juba, Republic of South Sudan
#MMJUBA Video documentation

Video documentation produced by Lagu Stephen Samuel (Kapital Movie Corporation, Juba) for ‘MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA 2012 Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum’ (#MMJUBA), an event by and r0g_agency for open culture, hosted by UNESCO, in collaboration with UNICEF South Sudan, AMDISS and the South Sudan Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, with funding by the German Federal Foreign Office.

MEDIA & MAKERS 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 emphasis on open innovation, access to knowledge and open governance.

MEDIA & MAKERS trailer by Lagu Stephen Samuel produced in Juba, South Sudan by Kapital Movie Corporation as an event documentation training project. (Please excuse any spelling errors or minor title inaccuracies.)

Dorothy K. Gordon, Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, on the connections between Open Source Software (FOSS), independence and sustainability.

Klaas Glenewinkel & Stephen Kovats, event co-chairs open MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA 2012, Dec 11, 2012

Stephen Kovats introduces the MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA 2012 ‘Open Knowledge’ stream

Mark Kaigwa, iHUB Nairobi, on the significance of story telling

Philip Thigo, SODNET – the Social Development Network Nairobi, on Open ICT and Civil Society

Edetaen Ojo, Media Right Agenda Lagos, on the state of access to information

David Chan Thiang, South Sudan National Bureau of Statistics, on the sovereignty of real data

Higher resolution versions to download, produced by Michael Milanesi (streampark, Berlin)

all clips are CC2013 BY NC (r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation gGmbH, Berlin)

For more info on MMJUBA please visit the #MMJUBA event tumblr page, or the comprehensive project page


Media articles and reports from #MMJUBA and South Sudan

MMJUBA_OPENSYSTEMS_REPORT by Jodi Rose, Stephen Kovats & Amrit Naresh

#MMJUBA Symposium

r0g wiki – ongoing discussion and documentation from #MMJUBA

Radio Miraya for up to date breaking news on South Sudan and the region. Interview with Davide Storti in Juba from Paris UNESCO. Miraya Facebook

#OS South Sudan – Open Systems Strategy Prezi

O país open source

Georgia Nicolau

BERLIM  – Onde quer que esteja, Stephen Kovats mantém o hábito de usar camisas estampadas. Mas não se deixe enganar pelo tipo um tanto excêntrico. Ex-diretor do festival Transmediale, tradicional encontro alemão de arte e tecnologia, Kovats apresentou na conferência Open Strategies, em Berlim, o que talvez seja seu mais ambicioso projeto: o #OSJUBA (Open Source Juba), que ele quer realizar no Sudão do Sul, país africano imerso em guerras há pelo menos 50 anos.

The Niles

The Niles’ is a project initiated by Media in Cooperation and Transition (MICT) to promote independent, balanced and accurate coverage of Sudanese and South Sudanese affairs.

Working with some fifty journalists from both Sudan and South Sudan since 2009, MICT sponsors practical training and coaching to help advance reporters’ skills in relaying stories that shape people’s lives. The results are published by local media and on this website. Audio reports are broadcast on local radio stations.

The people of Sudan and South Sudan are witness to a momentous process that poses tremendous challenges. While South Sudan’s independence on July 9, 2011 was widely celebrated, bilateral issues concerning citizenship, national borders, constitutions, oil wealth and debt sharing are still on the agenda.

The region’s diversity of cultures, religions and languages, along with its abundance of natural resources, hold great potential to foster positive development. The media in Sudan and South Sudan will play a key role in shaping the future of both nations.

Media & Makers: Juba [part 3]

JUBA – Manyang David Mayar, a reporter for the ‘Juba Post’ and stringer for VOA’s South Sudan In-Focus programme, speaks about the economic challenges South Sudan’s journalists face.

‘Media & Makers: Juba’ [part 2]

JUBA – Daga Chaplain, Marketing Manager of the daily ‘The Citizen’, speaks about The Citizen’s revenue sources and the economic challenges South Sudan’s media houses and journalists face.

Why Europe can’t ignore East Africa’s Silicon Savannah

East Africa is leading a new frontier of mobile service innovation – and Re:Publica 2012 speaker Mark Kaigwa argues Europe needs to start paying attention. If you want a heads up on the internet community in Africa, Kaigwa’s your guy. He’s a blogger, creative and consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya; has worked with internationals Warner Brothers and Nokia; and spoke yesterday at Re:Publica 2012 in Berlin, the opening conference of Berlin Web Week.

Mark Kaigwa talks at #MMJUBA


Interview with Eugenio Tisselli on Furtherfield: Community Memory through appropriated media.

Nawaya teaches sustainable agriculture in Cairo (icehubs related)



South Sudan plans first-ever national reconciliation campaign

November 24, 2012 (JUBA) – The leadership of the 15-month old nation, South Sudan, has announced its plan to organise a first-ever comprehensive peace and national reconciliation conference to try and heal the mental wounds that have visibly divided some of the communities over the years. The conference which is planned to convene in April 2013 in the national capital, Juba, will draw together hundreds of participants from the top leaderships in the national capital, Juba, as well as from the ten states in the country.

Sudan Tribune: South Sudan, What next for a successful state?


The Big Black Dark Day in the fight against dictatorship, abuse of rule of law and human rights in South Sudan By Biel Boutros Biel

“We are sound minded people and we cannot be bullied to follow a failed system run by officials who are unable to deliver services. Our people did not rally behind our freedom fighters during the years of liberation cause to secure a failed system.” Citizen Editor Nhial Bol, Friday, July 17, 2009, The Citizen Daily, Vol. 4, Issue No. 196, page 2

Dear Colleagues, family of the late and fellow citizens in South Sudan and world over,

As I write at this time of the night, I am filled with sadness and grief because I learned that the fearless and long time democratic governance advocate brother Isaiah Abraham (Diing Chan Awuol) has been murdered at about 4am on December 5, 2012 at his Gudele house in Juba.

Brother Isaiah in my view and a view I will hold forever, come what may, was, is and shall always remain a symbol of justice, peaceful critic for the advancement of democracy and rule of law. His silence is a blow to the fight for freedom of speech and expression and the dark bloody hour of his fall, marks the declaration of the closure of aspirations for which South Sudan took up arms for against dictatorships of Khartoum regimes […] Isaiah is physically gone but his words and works documented over the world on internet shall remain as great encouragement for all of us who have understood where we have come from and where we need to go.

South Sudan police authorities investigate killing of political commentator

December 6, 2012 (JUBA) – South Sudanese political commentator, Isaiah Ding Abraham Chan Awuol, was shot dead in front of his house in Gudele, west of the capital Juba, early on Wednesday morning by unknown gunmen.

Family and friends say they had expected that one day he would be killed due to his criticism’s of the government in Sudan Tribune and other publications, under the pen name, Isaiah Abraham.

Press freedom group, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), said Wednesday that South Sudan should thoroughly investigate the murder, identify the motive behind Isaiah’s death, and bring the perpetrators to justice. Civil society activists and many journalists are concerned that the some parts of the SPLA and SPLM, do not wish to accord South Sudanese the freedoms of expression, democracy and human rights that were the among the key aims of the civil war which culminated in South Sudan’s independence in July 2011.

A CPJ report last year found that “local journalists fear the former rebels turned government officials still harbor a war mentality that is unaccustomed to criticism, and that they are not prepared to extend the freedoms they fought hard to attain.” Isaiah, himself, fought in the SPLA during the civil war.

Paanluelwel South Sudanese Bloggers in Washington

Emmanuel Jal – peace activist and hip hop artist beaten by police in Juba, Sept 2012 – the video clip from “War Child” gives a very human insight into the history and present situation

Emmanuel Jal was taken from his home at the age of seven to fight in Sudan’s second civil war. Now, he is an international peace activist and hip hop artist, who was featured in the Pulitzer Center-funded project War Child. On September 8th, 2012 Emmanuel was badly beaten by the police in Juba, the South Sudanese capital, while on tour to promote peace in Sudan. In response, he issued this statement:

“I am in South Sudan to highlight peace and have come to speak and perform at the “We Want Peace” business gala and concert on International Peace Day. Two days after arriving in my home country I was attacked by members of Juba’s police and national security. This is an ironic and sad situation that will not deter my path for freedom, equality and justice. I am swollen, but recovering, and thank all the fans and supporters for their well wishes.

I would like to express that abuse of power should not be tolerated on any level. South Sudan must move forward with positivity and equality. Tribalism, police brutality, corruption and other problems of de-stabilisation must be highlighted and stopped in order for the country to progress.

I am releasing this statement because I was raised in an environment where speaking out against injustice is always considered a route for peace. Let us continue to put a spotlight on such dark issues, for it is the best solution in paving a way for our bright future.”

Sudan Tribune:

South Sudan media protests “disparity” in draft bills

November 7, 2012 (JUBA) – Media groups in South Sudan have expressed deep concern that there are differences between the versions of the country’s long-awaited draft media bill circulating in the capital Juba. South Sudan Law Society Secretary-General Dong Samuel also confirmed discrepancies in the media bills used by officials and those put under discussion during the public hearing and argued that the lawmaking process in South Sudan is not transparent.

Veteran journalist Alfred Taban, who is the Editor of The Juba Monitor (formerly The Khartoum Monitor) and Chairperson of the Association for Media Development in South Sudan (AMDISS), urged media houses to support the media bills, so that they are passed by the national assembly.

“Let us go to the people. Let us go to the public. Let us go to our newspapers and radio stations and put out editorials very strongly supporting these laws. And if that does not succeed, let us go to the streets and demonstrate and we say we are demonstrating for the freedom of press or the passage of these laws so that the constituencies that these people represent will be the ones to put pressure on their MPs,” Taban said.


Launch of satellite broadband in South Sudan

Sim Card registrations launched

Oil wealth to be used in developing human resources


#MM/OSJUBA – Project Summary



Juba Civic Engagement Centre Juba, South Sudan
Ministry of Housing & Physical Planning Juba, South Sudan
National Bureau of Statistics Juba, South Sudan
The SUDD INSTITUTE & Virtual Museum of South Sudan

The Sudd Institute is an independent research organization that conducts and facilitates research and training to inform public policy and practice, to create opportunities for discussion and debate, and to improve analytical capacity in South Sudan. The Sudd Institute’s intention is to significantly improve the quality, impact, and accountability of local, national, and international policy and decision-making in South Sudan


Afrinnovator are about one thing – telling the stories of African startups, African innovation, African made technology, African tech entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs. Our mission is to ‘Put Africa on the Map‘ by covering these kinds of stories from all over Africa. After all, if we don’t tell our own story, who will tell it for us? Focus on InfoTech, Clean energy and Green Tech, Startups and Innovation.

AgenZ (GIZ)
Severin Peters is currently examining whether political participation of citizens in South Sudan could be enhanced by social media. The idea is to create a community of mobile phone users that can interact via SMS with state and non-state actors in order to give a voice to the general population. The project is still in an early planning stage. AgenZ

icehubs (iceaddis / icecairo / icejuba?)
iceaddis is a self-sufficient business incubation and innovation community center aimed at supporting Ethiopia’s economic growth by tightening the constructive interaction between researchers, developers, entrepreneurs, creative workers and customers and by promoting local technological solutions and solution providers to the public. iceaddis aims to establish a national network of collaboration and a home of Ethiopian made innovations. iceaddis aims at cross-linking ICT innovation with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills development as well as with incubator facilities (collaborative workspace) for startup companies.
icecairo is a space where anyone working, or interested in working on social and environmental projects can come and collaborate on projects together. We share our tools, skills, resources and ideas with our network to create new opportunities for economic, environmental, and social benefit. Through this shared infrastructure icecairo aims to bring together a diverse community of action-oriented thinkers, doers and leaders in a dynamic, intelligent ecosystem, driving collaborative solutions for economic development. By encouraging collaboration and knowledge transfer through shared working spaces, face-to-face training and coaching sessions, as well as through rapid prototyping and co-design facilities, we aim to create a physical focal point for students, young academics, practitioners and entrepreneurs to innovate together.

The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) originated in the ICT Policy and Civil Society Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2002. Based on the need for developing a framework for open source solutions FOSSFA promotes the use of the FOSS model in African development. FOSSFA engages effectively with African Governments  to expand partnerships with the wider ‘Open’ community, Open Data, Open Government and Open Health. Using FOSS solutions and key policies in education and media sectors, FOSSFA promotes the integration and adoption of FOSS in national policies, coordinates Africa’s Free Software efforts, contributes FOSS applications towards the achievement of women empowerment, the Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development in Africa, promotes African FOSS expertise, creativity and industry, and partners with development organizations who share same goals with FOSSFA.

OpenOil is an energy consultancy and publishing house based in Berlin. Imagine an Open Oil industry… A transparency business, seeking market-driven solutions which produce better outcomes from the oil and gas industry for the people of producing nations. OpenOil developed the South Sudan Oil Almanac as an information source around the industry for South Sudanese journalists, civil society activists, government officials and others. Published the handbook Exploring Oil Data, a one-stop reporter’s guide to the “Big Data” and open media that are transforming the global industry. Oil Contracts, How to Read and Understand Them

Sauti Ya Wakulima, “The Voices of the Farmers” is a collaborative knowledge base created by farmers in Chambezi, Tanzania. Gathering audiovisual evidence of their practice using smartphones to publish images and voice recordings online the projects aim to document their work, record observations of climate changes and expand their network of social relationships.

Social Development Network (SODNET) & INFONET
The Social Development Network (SODNET), is working on mobile and web-based technologies aimed at strengthening the role of citizens and civil society in the strategic use of technology. It’s widely acknowledged that the Kenyan government has been something of a trailblazer when it comes to open data and transparency. The Kenyan NGO SODNET is dedicated to fighting the causes and consequences of poverty and disempowerment, and has worked consistently to use this data to improve the lives of ordinary citizens through its INFONET initiative. INFONET is credited with empowering African civil society, governments and citizens to better engage in enforcing budget transparency, service delivery demands and election monitoring. It aims to weave technology, open data and citizen empowerment into a potent product for social change.

Philip Thigo talks on the importance of democratic transparency and accountability.

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), Knowledge Societies Division in the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO.

UNICEF South Sudan: Technology for Development (T4D) and Innovation Team is part of the agency’s global Innovation and Technology for Development unit, developing innovative products, programs, processes, and partnerships to support UNICEF help address the challenges and bottlenecks faced by UNICEF and partners in the implementation of humanitarian and development programs for children. UNICEF STORIES is a sampling of UNICEF’s Tech Innovation initiatives, resources, media coverage, and first person posts on how UNICEF is using technology for development.


Open Data and the Open Government Partnership Initiative (OGP). The Open Government Partnership is a new multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a steering committee of governments and civil society organizations. To become a member of OGP, participating countries must embrace a high-level Open Government Declaration; deliver a country action plan developed with public consultation; and commit to independent reporting on their progress going forward. The Open Government Partnership formally launched on September 20, 2011, when the 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States) endorsed an Open Government Declaration, and announced their country action plans. Since September, OGP has welcomed the commitment of 47 additional governments to join the Partnership. We invite you to stand with us, commit to the principles of open government, and deliver your action plans before the world.

Open knowledge is any material — whether it is content, data or information-based — which anyone is free to use, re-use and redistribute without restriction. For more details about how we define openness, see the Open Definition. We promote the creation, dissemination and use of open knowledge in all its forms, from genes to geodata and from sonnets to statistics. Our projects, groups and tools work with this principle in different and varying ways to increase user access and ensure transparency. We seek a world in which open knowledge is ubiquitous and routine – both online and offline. We promote open knowledge because of its potential to deliver far-reaching societal benefits which include the following: Better governance: openness improves governance through increased transparency and engagement. Better culture: openness means greater access, sharing and participation in relation to cultural material and activities. Better research: for research to function effectively, and for society to reap the full benefits from research activities, research outputs should be open. Better economy: openness permits easier and more rapid reuse of material and open data and content are the key raw ingredients for the development of new innovative tools and services.

Nawaya, (seed/intention) is a not-for-profit green business/NGO with a focus on “True Sustainability”. This goes beyond organic produce, beyond fair-trade produce, to a place where people, the ecosystems they live in and the lives they lead are Truly Sustainable. Using modern social technologies (Art of Hosting) to foster group wisdom, people in the fields of: sustainable agriculture, eco-housing, development, education and social-integration are welcome to take part in Nawaya, to build a future for Egypt that is sustainable from the bottom up, can support it’s people and allow them to thrive. Nawaya believes we can develop a holistic system to realise the co-creation of self-reliant, bountiful and resilient Egyptian communities

Ushahidi is an African technology company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping used globally. Ushahidi projects empower citizens to monitor elections, offering tools to track the efficient use of resources, tools to collect information from those directly affected by a disaster or crisis and tools to visualise and map a large amount of crowd sourced data twitter: @ushahidi  facebook: Ushahidi

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.


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


Media & Makers: Juba 2012

Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum


Iduol Ahang Beny is principal of BENY Architecture and creator of the Children’s Pavilion and Interactive Landscape. Having practised in RSS for 5 years, she is interested in challenging notions about what makes a ”modern city,” and hopes to see women and children play a role in the physical development of their new nation. Ms Beny is a graduate of the School of Architecture at Cornell University in the USA and, last semester taught in the Department of Architecture at the University of Juba.

Stuart Campo currently works on UNICEF South Sudan’s Technology for Development (T4D) and Innovation Team. He began his career with Straight Talk Foundation in Uganda, where he supported the design and implementation of a range of programs using a ‘multi-modal’ approach—combining traditional (radio and print) and new (social and digital) media, face-to-face dialogue and outreach, and T4D solutions that cut across health, education, youth participation, and environment & livelihoods programming. Since 2010, Stuart has worked with different UNICEF country offices to support the work of the agency’s global Innovation and Technology for Development unit, developing innovative products, programs, processes, and partnerships to support UNICEF help address the challenges and bottlenecks faced by UNICEF and partners in the implementation of humanitarian and development programs for children.

Jay Cousins, Community Catalyst *ice*cairo, Egypt. Interested in social technology, technology trends, product hacking, open everything, disrupting technologies and systems, Jay Cousins‘ love is human interaction. A digital heretic, prolific and connected, and now community catalyst at icecairo in Egypt, he enables others to make things happen. He likes to create opportunities for people to interact, small excuses that allow them to play, to share and to explore what they’re about. To help them let go of what they think they can’t do, learn new skills and find how they can collaborate with others. Mr Cousins thinks the whole world should be in Beta, when we recognise that nothing is finished and we can still always improve it, shape it and fit it to our personal needs then we will begin to advance our culture. Facilitator Human Rights Makerlab, co founder Open Design City, co creator makerlab, facilitator, instigator makerplatz, company founder, product inventor Orikaso. Twitter: @jaycousins

Dorothy Gordon (FOSSFA, Ghana) is a liberation technologist committed to ensuring that Africa has the capacity to create and implement the ICT solutions it needs to drive sustainable human development. Director of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, a capacity-building institution involved in training, research and consulting which runs exclusively on FOSS, Ms Gordon is an active member of the FOSSFA Council. A Ghanaian Panafricanist, Ms Gordon is committed to ensuring that FOSSFA engages effectively with African Governments, using FOSS solutions and key policies in education and media sectors, and pledges to help FOSSFA strategize on building women inclusive developer communities especially in countries where the FOSS community is nascent; to expand partnerships with the wider ‘Open’ community, Open Data, Open Government, Open Health and to build FOSS business. Ms Gordon helped the UNU team design and draft the GIZ ict@innovation project, played a significant role in the drafting of Ghana’s media policy and has served as a two-term Board member of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation. She is currently a Board member of Film Africa – a production company dedicated to promoting African culture and values. Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa

Mikael L. Clason Hook, World Bank, Juba, South Sudan

Ela Kagel, (SUPERMARKT Berlin) is an independent cultural producer and curator, with a focus on free culture & the open web. As one of the transmediale festival program developers she initiated the Free Culture Incubator, a series of research events on the price and value of cultural work. Since 2005, Ela works with Public Art Lab and has initiated a broad range of media culture events, such as the Mobile Studios, Upgrade! Berlin or the Mobicases. Since 2011, Ela is founder and managing partner of SUPERMARKT, Berlin’s center for creative resources. She holds an M.A. in European Cultural Planning from the De Montfort University in Leicester / UK. twitter: @supermarkt facebook: supermarkt

Mark Kaigwa is, at heart, a storyteller passionate about using media, mobiles and technology to write Africa’s next chapter in world history: the innovation chapter. A speaker and consultant based in Nairobi, Kenya, Mr Kaigwa is Partner at where he “puts Africa on the map” publishing exploits across African innovation, technology and startups. He is also Partner at – the web’s leading resource for creative inspiration in animation, illustration, photography and design from Africa. Mr Kaigwa is the creator of an award-winning Warner Bros. videogame in Africa, has written animated short films and directed live-action short films. He is also an ambassador for one of Africa’s leading innovation hubs, the *iHub_ and Africa Ambassador for the Sandbox Network – the world’s foremost community of extraordinary achievers under 30 years of age. twitter @MKaigwa

Stephen Kovats is a cultural and media researcher with a background in architecture and urbanism, is initiator of #OSJUBA, a project being developed by r0g – his recently formed collective agency for open culture, hacktivism and critical transformation. He was most recently artistic director of transmediale, Berlin’s festival for art and digital culture 2008 – 2011 and co-director of the McLuhan in Europe 2011 Network examining the impact of the Canadian media philosopher’s work on art and culture in Europe. His work and interests focus on the dynamic relationships between media, political, and electronic space on the transformation of societal and cultural landscapes. twitter: @intertwilight facebook: r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation

MP Hon. Joy Kwaje Eluzai is Chairperson of Information and Culture Committee in the National Legislative Assembly of South Sudan, currently charged with drafting South Sudan media and access to information bills. Ms. Kwaje is a former Commissioner for Human Rights in Juba, as has been long-time leader of women engaged with South Sudan’s churches. As an activist she has worked to break the chains of poverty and disenfranchisement brought on by conflict and the negative effects of globalization, giving a voice to those who are powerless and as such virtually invisible within society. She has also taken active stands in upholding the 2005 peace agreement’s assurances of protection of women from all forms of harassment, intimidation and discrimination.

Peter Lasu Ladu, with a background in International Studies and Public Administration, is chairperson of the Juba Civic Engagement Centre (CEC) and the Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CEC and CAB are networked organizations made up of 46 and 11 individual civil society groups respectively, supporting and facilitating a broad range of social advocacy, access to information and technical literacy initiatives. As a relief and development worker, Mr. Lasu Ladu has worked on the coordination of relief operations in conflict zones and as a field logistician for the International Rescue Committee (Kenya). He is a Lecturer of Diplomacy and International Studies at the Southern Sudan Christian University of Science and Technology Juba (SSCUST), and has also been involved in the training of numerous groups of public service officials including voter education officials and food insecurity enumerators.

Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin is the Republic of South Sudan Minister of Information and Broadcasting, and an official spokesperson for the Federal Government. With professional training in Medicine, Diplomacy and International Affairs he was formerly Minister for Commerce and Industry (MCI) and Minister for Regional Cooperation (MRC). Dr. Marial Benjamin was also involved in the SPLM\Sudan Government Peace Talks in Nairobi 1989 as an SPLM member, of which he is still a National Liberation council member to date. As a Member of Parliament (MP) in the South Sudan National Legislative Assembly he represents the Uror South Constituency in Jonglei State.

Dr. Peter Marino Modi Pitya is Director General of Physical Planning at the Republic of South Sudan Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning. An architect and urbanist with a strong international career, Dr. Pitya is CEO of Advanced Design and Development, a Juba based architecture firm, and is chairperson and founding member of the South Sudan Institute of Architects (SSIA).

Amrit Naresh, Open Oil, Berlin is a research associate and open media specialist at OpenOil, a Berlin-based energy consultancy. In July, Mr Naresh developed the South Sudan Oil Almanac as an information source around the industry for South Sudanese journalists, civil society activists, government officials and others. In April he led a MediaWiki training course in a capacity-building project for journalists in Baghdad. He has also helped develop the handbook Exploring Oil Data, a one-stop reporter’s guide to the “Big Data” and open media that are transforming the global industry. Oil Contracts, How to Read and Understand Them is out now!

Kenyi Ndipa is a UK trained ICT specialist, currently the IT Officer at Office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan Government. Working to bring open source solutions into government, Mr. Ndipa is planning a major Ubuntu implementation in his department. Arguing that the advantages of open source software for public organizations are not only more stable and secure data and technological but that their cost efficiency should be taken into consideration when working with public funds. Outside of the office, Mr. Ndipa also owns and runs ‘My Local’ one of Juba’s most sociable cafes.

Asteway S. Negash (FOSSFA, Addis Ababa) is founder and lead consulting engineer of TechSavvi Consultants – a pioneer Linux Certification open source IT consulting company in Addis Ababa and liaison person for FOSSFA in Ethiopia. He received a best developer award in 2008 from the Adama University for Student Information Software project – EEORS, and is involved in the integration and customization of an enterprise resource management system OpenERP for the Ethiopian/African corporate financial model. He works primarily as a programmer and Linux systems engineer and graduated in Computer Science from Addis Ababa University in 2006. Mr Neegash has taken part in and brought to success several open source projects, including the open source single sign-on “Identity Management” system now active in Adama University. Besides being a technologist, Mr Negash is a FOSS business activist, advocate of the open and free software movements and an entrepreneur with a strong belief that Africa currently harbours the world’s most promising business opportunities, greatest need for development and weakest IT infrastructures.

Severin Peters is a Project Manager at AgenZ, the agency for political communication and strategic marketing of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). He plans and implements development-related campaigns and communication projects and initiates new partnerships for GIZ. Before this he worked as a communication consultant (amongst others for the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Association of the Automotive Industry) and as a journalist (amongst others for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Spiegel Online).

Moses Simon Soro, recently appointed by the Governor of Central Equatoria State as Commissioner of Morobo County has a background in education (Nkumba University, Uganda) and international studies (Keele University, UK). His aim is to secure open governance in South Sudan, believing that it underlines the basis for the country’s sustainable development, making Government accountable to the people. Previously Mr. Soro worked with the International Republican Institute (IRI) training Members of Parliament in all the Ten State Assemblies of South Sudan on good governance, as well as helping the National Legislative Assembly hold the successful public hearing on the general education bill which is now an Official Act. Passionate with the idea of making South Sudan a bottom-up democracy where the people decide what direction Government should take and what priorities to embark on, Mr. Soro is an active advocate of open government policies.

Davide Storti, Paris UNESCO is the Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) specialist at the Knowledge Societies Division in the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO. He joined the Organization in 1998 and for 7 years led the development and worldwide dissemination of UNESCO software for information storage and retrieval. He then worked as Chief Web Editor for UNESCO’s field offices network, before taking up his current assignment in 2010. Previous to joining UNESCO, Mr Storti worked as an independent software developer consultant, after completing his studies in applied informatics.

David Chan Thiang is Director of Economic statistics in the National Bureau of statistics Republic of South Sudan (NBS). Without many of the higher end technical resources and infrastructure for collecting and assessing economic and social data, the NBS has managed to publish a large variety of high-quality demographic statistics. As such, Mr. Chan Thiang is spearheading initiatives aimed as developing an accurate overview of the demographic and socio-economic histories of South Sudan’s regions. In collaboration with the World Bank his office being implemented The High Frequency South Sudan Survey (HFSSS), an innovative data collection method using handheld tablet computers, which will help the GoSS monitor the pulse of the nation, and ultimately contribute to sustaining stability and peace needed for economic growth.

Philip Thigo is part of a new generation of activists, who believe we should reclaim technology through its own logic as a tool for transformation and change. Mr Thigo is actively involved in Kenya as a member of the task force on Open Data and the Open Government Partnership Initiative (OGP), and is part of a dynamic team at the Social Development Network (SODNET) working on mobile and web-based technologies aimed at strengthening the role of citizens and civil society in the strategic use of technology. He is a co-founder of INFONET, an initiative rooted in SODNET, credited with empowering African civil society, governments and citizens to better engage in enforcing budget transparency, service delivery demands and election monitoring. He works extensively in Africa, the Arab World, Asia and Latin America on concepts and methodologies that challenge the root causes of poverty through alternatives to inspire non-violent means of social transformation. Philip Thigo talks on the importance of democratic transparency and accountability

Eugenio Tisselli is one of the creators and coordinators of Sauti Ya Wakulima, “The Voices of the Farmers”, a collaborative knowledge base created by farmers in Chambezi, Tanzania. Gathering audiovisual evidence of their practice using smartphones to publish images and voice recordings online the projects aim to document their work, record their observations of climate changes and expand their network of social relationships. Mr Tiselli collaborated with artist Antoni Abad to design and program the mobile communication project, holds a degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico and a master’s degree in Digital Arts from the UPF, is a member of the Hermeneia research group , director and lecturer on the UPF postgraduate course in Programming for the Digital Arts.


Jacob Jiel Akol, Juba, Editor-in-Chief, Gurtong and Secretary to the Board, Gurtong Trust Peace and Media Project

Atem Yaak Atem, Juba Deputy Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Government of the Republic of South Sudan

Nhial Bol, Juba, Editor-in-Chief, The Citizen

Michael Dukku Aggrey (Chairperson, AMDISS Association for Media Development in South Sudan)

Alfred Taban, Juba (Editor-in-Chief, Juba Monitor)


MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA2012: Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum Dec 11 – 13, 2012 Juba, South Sudan

>>> The “OPEN KNOWLEDGE” Stream The Open Knowledge or Makers stream of MEDIA & MAKERS JUBA 2012 builds on the groundwork of #OSJUBA and TEDxJuba in exploring the means and potentials of contemporary open culture in South Sudan, with a focus on open data, knowledge, ICT, and innovation. As ‘Makers’- active and hands-on people who innovate by creating, testing and implementing new solutions to complex challenges – the participants in this component of the event work through a strategic visioning process to identify needs and opportunities around the practice and implementation of ‘open’ solutions in South Sudan (including: open source, open data, open knowledge, open ICT, etc). Using the means and methodologies of the world’s open source and free culture communities, in particular those of leading African Open Source initiatives, participants will look at how South Sudan can capitalise on its historic window of opportunity to create a new identity for itself as a leading nation in the open source movement. To achieve this, the stream is constructed around a series of interconnected focus rounds informed by the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) approach – a dialogue and capacity-building process that helps groups identify their collective hopes and visions, using a 4-D model of discovery, dream, design, and delivery. This format invites participants to actively collect a diverse range of ideas and opinions from and then jointly develop plans and strategies that are relevant and useful to the community at large. This process will focus on established and prospective South Sudanese open knowledge, development and cultural collaboration projects with an aim to create a strong, sustainable and open civil society. The results of the various working groups will be formulated and presented in an open plenary session together the Sustainable Media stream on the third day of the event, with an aim to identify cross-sectoral synergies and global priorities, creating ‘delivery strategies’ for Open Knowledge in South Sudan. Focus Group O1: Open Sourcing South Sudan Tuesday, December 11, 2012 part 1: 11.30 – 13.30 Introducing Open Cultures part 2: 15.00 – 18.00 Open Cultures as Catalysts for an Open Society Lead-in Contributors Ela Kagel, Free Culture Incubator, Supermarkt, Berlin Dorothy Gordon, Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT / FOSSFA, Accra Guest Specialists Hon. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Government of South Sudan (tbc) Davide Storti, UNESCO Knowledge Societies Division, Paris Peter Lasu Ladu, Civic Engagement Centre, Juba Moderator / Facilitator Asteway Negash, FOSSFA, Addis Ababa Overview & Objectives The Open Sourcing South Sudan Focus Group is intended to introduce the concepts behind the global open source movements and the broader realm of ‘open cultures’ as generators of knowledge, capacity building and citizen empowerment for the democratic and social development of society. Leading international open culture organisations such as the Free and Open Software Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP) are playing major roles across Africa in helping to create stable and open civil society structures. Their missions in promoting the adoption of Open Source in national policies, or to help empower citizens, and harness the power of new technologies to make government and civil society structures more effective are powerful models to be considered in South Sudan’s path towards building a strong and independent voice among nations. One of the major barriers to achieving such goals across all sectors of society is the acute lack of access to knowledge and data, and the means to process this material into meaningful information. With more focussed implementation of open source solutions and collaborative technologies, existing organisations that lack adequate internet connectivity and technical infrastructure such as the Juba Civic Engagement Center could more effectively fulfil their mandate and vision to provide such access and opportunities. Using open source solutions including free software, public domain resources, and the power of active international peer communities these initiatives have the potential to become key players within a network of partners that includes government, media, education and civil society organisations. Open Source tools and methodologies such as those employed by UNESCO’s Open Knowledge Communities are also recognised by the United Nations as key resources in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The focus group will examine how Open Source concepts using innovative, often African-based open source and ICT solutions relate to the future of South Sudan as an active contributor to regional development alongside its international neighbours. Following the introductory talks, participants will break into groups by sector to complete a participatory mapping and visioning exercise, designed around the Appreciative Inquiry (AI) process. The exercise will focus on the “Discovery” and “Dream” components of AI, supporting participants to understand the collective reality of ‘open systems’ in South Sudan and, in turn, develop a shared vision for the future in this space and region. While breakout groups will focus on their respective sectors, a round-up session at the end of the discussion will identify areas of shared need and opportunity for data & knowledge across sectors – synergies that can be built upon in the subsequent Open Data and Open Innovation focus rounds. Guiding Questions: How can Open Source and Open Government models be applied to South Sudan’s unique emergent situation? How can Open Source and Open Data solutions help to empower civil society, foster innovative development and work to generate transparency and accountability in Government? How do these factors act as catalysts to secure social and economic development? What role could South Sudan play in setting new standards usable to other African countries and internationally if it were to implement Open Source or Open Culture policies? What is the feasibility of adopting Open Source in national policy and how can this enhance implementing Open Source solutions ‘on the ground’. Focus Group O2: Open Data for Open Knowledge Wednesday, December 12, 2012 11.00 – 13.30 Lead-in Contributor Philip Thigo, SODNET, Nairobi Guest Specialists David Chan Thiang, National Bureau of Statistics, Juba Mark Kaigwa, Afrinnovator, Nairobi Amrit Naresh, Open Oil, Berlin Peter Marino M. Pitya, Ministry of Housing and Physical Planning, Juba Moderator/ Facilitator Philip Thigo, SODNET, Nairobi Overview & Objectives Open Data is a cornerstone of civil empowerment, supporting economic and social development, improving government transparency as well as government’s own understanding of the world in which it operates. Open Data acts as a gateway to better education and knowledge, fostering communication and interaction between numerous communities across society. The Open Data for Open Knowledge focus group is designed to identify resources, opportunities and gaps in data & knowledge collection, sharing, and management processes in South Sudan, with a focus on specific sectors (e.g. education, health, economic development, media, culture & identity, resource and crisis management, food security & livelihoods, and emergency response). The session will begin with an overview of data collection and information management systems, followed by an introduction to the concepts of ‘open data’ and knowledge management for development scenarios. A series of brief talks or presentations will introduce key ideas and theoretical frameworks, and examine leading open data programs such as the Transparent Africa initiative of the Kenya Open Data portal. Open Source platforms such as Kenya based Ushahidi which creates tools to crowdsource, or collect, map and visualise diverse forms of citizen and government data (i.e. to monitor elections) to activist projects such OpenOil, which aims to publish the data in oil contracts help to ‘democratize information’, will be discussed in their capacity to increase transparency and lower the barriers for individuals to share their stories. The concepts behind Open Data, including making government more accountable to its citizens, providing open information to create public knowledge ‘commons’ which greatly impacts on citizens ability to develop new scenarios for generating income or expressing independent opinions through open and verifiable means. Initiatives such as the High Frequency South Sudan Survey being conducted by the South Sudan Bureau of Statistics create new forms of demographic narratives and cultural histories that are aimed at preventing renewed violent conflict by ‘closely monitoring economic, social, and political stress factors that can compromise the country’s path from fragility to stability.’ In addition to open data and knowledge management, the focus round will explore the themes of real-time data collection and the importance of actionable data, in relation to existing uses and potential projects. Speakers will be identified based on experience to-date (in South Sudan or elsewhere) and talks will mix general overview with concrete examples. Guiding Questions: What is the role and value of ICT, open data and knowledge management, as well as its sharing in development? What strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats exist in data and knowledge management in South Sudan? How would we like to see data and knowledge evolve in South Sudan—what is our vision? Focus Group O3: Open Innovation and ICT: Tools of the Trade Wednesday, December 12, 2012 15.00 – 18.00 Lead-in Contributors Eugenio Tisselli, Open Source Systems Developer, Mexico City Mark Kaigwa, Afrinnovator, Nairob Guest Specialists Kenyi Ndipa, IT Officer, Office of the President, Juba Iduol Ahang Beny, Children’s Pavilion, Juba Jay Cousins, icecairo/GIZ, Cairo Severin Peters, AgenZ/GIZ, Berlin Mikael L. Clason Hook, World Bank, Juba Moderator / Facilitator: Stuart Campo, Technology for Development / Innovations Team, UNICEF Juba Overview & Objectives: The Open Innovation and ICT (Information and Communications Technology) session is designed to build on the discussions and key outcomes of the Open Data for Open Knowledge focus group, identifying opportunities to leverage Open ICT in South Sudan as tools of social interaction, community development vehicles to address the country’s many challenges. As with the Open Data for Open Knowledge session, the Open ICT focus round will begin with a series of short talks to introduce key questions and themes, and share examples of Open ICT successes and challenges relevant to South Sudan, such as the economic and conceptual benefits of wide-scale open source software implementation. The session will explore ICT infrastructures and access and the notion of open source development of ICT tools, with a focus on the approaches needed for structural, government and citizen empowerment. The session will establish the principles of open innovation in relation to products, programs, processes, and partnerships. Using the examples of innovative projects using open ICT such as a proposed ‘interactive’ Children’s Pavilion to create and map out a network of African playspaces for children, to community-based initiatives such as the African iHubs or ICE (innovation – collaboration – entrepreneurship) network, to global initiatives to promote innovation and ICT for development in major bilateral institutions, such as UNICEF’s Innovation Unit, the key principles of openness and inclusiveness, user-based design, building on experience, scalability, and sustainability will be explored. In doing so, the session will also come back to the roles of the ‘Makers’ and how capacity building strategies using DIY (Do-It-Yourself) and DIWO (Do-It-With-Others) can generate new forms of innovation. The group will focus on identifying selected open ICT-based projects to realize their vision for Open Innovation and ICT, along with the related collaborative and management practices involved. After identifying a project, the participants will explore the processes, programs, and partnerships necessary to design, deploy, and scale their ideas with a focus on innovating within existing structures. The discussions and exercises constituting the Open Innovation and ICT session are designed to lay the groundwork for an overall (or inclusive) innovation ecosystem for South Sudan. The vision here is for partners leading and participating in the forum to define the potential framework for an Open Juba Innovation Lab (as part of a South Sudan Innovation Lab/Hub network), to be launched in 2013 Guiding Questions: What is the potential role and value of innovation—in products, programs, processes, and partnerships—in South Sudan? What opportunities exist for innovating and implementing open source solutions within existing structures that constitute the South Sudan development and humanitarian landscape? How can innovative products, processes, programs, and partnerships support the realization of a shared vision for Open Data & Knowledge and Open ICT in South Sudan? What commitments must we make to realize this vision for an innovation-driven South Sudan? How can any new structures for Open Innovation be inclusive and freely accessible to as wide a community as possible in South Sudan – particularly in regions where infrastructure and resources are minimal?