r0g_agency News and Updates on our Initiatives

Our christmas wishes for #ASKotec

December 1, 2018

In our end-of-year 2018 sprint throughout December, we present to you 31 items that define #ASKotec. By donating to our crowdfunding campaign you support us in assembling more #ASKotec kits, develop…

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End-of-Year event 2018 #HateFreeSouthSudan

November 27, 2018

Juba, 27th November 2018 – We cordially invite you to attend the #defyhatenow end-of-your-events in Juba and various locations in Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Egypt to celebrate the achievements made in…

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Georgia Nicolau on #ASKotec

November 19, 2018

Georgia Nicolau is the co-founder and co-director at the Procomum Institute. She is an activist and a researcher in the fields of culture, arts, politics and citizen innovation. Between 2013 and…

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Peacebuilding through social media literacy in South Sudan

October 10, 2018

How can social media literacy accelerate peacebuilding efforts in post-conflict regions like South Sudan? Discuss with us on Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 from 5pm. Presentations start at 6pm.   Two…

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#ASKotec in Nepal

September 22, 2018

Our friend, colleague and #ASKotec pro Me’rlyk Erderms Aebdyul is now in Nepal prepping for his demo and talk at Kathmandu Mini Maker Faire (#KMMF) on Sunday! Learn all about the event at kathmandu.makerfaire.com Also in the…

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Rob van Krakenburg on #ASKotec

September 19, 2018

Rob van Kranenburg is the founder of the Council – the largest #IoT thinktank. He works as Ecosystem Manager for the EU projects Tagitsmart and Next Generation Internet; chairs AC04 – IoT Hyper-connected Society of the IERC, The…

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#PeaceJam18 online for UN World Peace Day

September 15, 2018

Download the PDF Version of this press release. Juba September 15, 2018 – #defyhatenow is proud to coordinate the international social media #PeaceJam18 for UN World #PeaceDay on September 21st…

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Obasegun Ayodele on #ASKotec

September 12, 2018

Obasegun Ayodele is the Co-founder and Executive Director at Vilsquare.org. Vilsquare is the first Nigerian research company focused on data science to help businesses invest in the African market. Their…

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Eva Yayi on #ASKotec

September 5, 2018

Eva Yayi is is the Co-founder of GoGirls-ICT Initiative, a Technology Organization that mentors women and girls in South Sudan. Currently, Eva is a Masters Candidate at the Kobe Institute of…

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Anna Lowe on #ASKotec

August 29, 2018

Anna Sera Lowe is a co-founder of Kumasi Hive, the makerspace in Ghana that supports innovators to build businesses out of their ideas; and the MakerNet Alliance of individuals and…

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Elvis Chi Nwosu on #ASKotec

August 11, 2018

Humans of South Sudan aims to promote and bring awareness by showing ordinary people and places. Their main goal is: Realizing The Advantages of Diversity. African Cultural Awareness in Norway in…

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Victoria Wenzelmann on #ASKotec

August 6, 2018

Victoria Wenzelmann is one of the Co-founders and Directors of GIG, the Global Innovation Gathering, and founder of the big blue Labmobile. In 2013, she co-organized AfricaHackTrip, a journey of…

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Andrew Quitmeyer on #ASKotec

August 2, 2018

Meet one of #ASKotec‘s supporters, Andrew Quitmeyer. Andrew studies the intersections between wild animals and computational devices. He’s a professor at the National University of Singapore researching how to blend biological…

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Online and offline polarization

August 2, 2018

The impact of social media on peace, and how to turn the tide   This article was originally published on frient-peacebuilding-forum.de/../frient-peace-building-forum-2018/…   Overview The worldwide spread of social media both opens…

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

July 19, 2018

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…

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#ASKotec at FabLab Siegen

July 10, 2018

The Come_IN Digital Project Week of the Chair of Business Informatics and New Media at the University of Siegen brought together families, senior citizens, refugees and students for a week-long series of activities, building…

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Between hate and hope

July 3, 2018

Lessons from Kenya on hate speech and political manipulation originally published at furtherfield.org/review-of-the-hate-news-conference The conference began with Jo Havemann presenting #DefyHateNow, a campaign by r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation,…

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Launching the Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide

July 2, 2018

Download the PDF Version of this press release   Juba, 2nd July 2018 – The community peace building initiative #defyhatenow is launching the Social Media Hate Speech Mitigation Field Guide…

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#ASKotec at #Tech4Dev2018

June 29, 2018

The 5th International Conference on Technologies for Development (Tech4Dev 2018) took place from 27-29 June 2018 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. The Conference in a Nutshell The Tech4Dev Conference is the biennial…

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A peacetech approach to mitigate mass violence in South Sudan

June 28, 2018

This article was originally published on  frient-peacebuilding-forum.de/pbf-voices-blog/…   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…

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#defyhatenow at the Social Media Conference in Kampala, Uganda

June 28, 2018

The UGANDA SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE 2018 had its focus on: DEMOCRACY AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT IN THE AGE OF DIGITAL (DIS) INFORMATION CONFERENCE BACKGROUND The Uganda Social Media Conference is an…

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Join the HATE NEWS conference in Berlin

June 14, 2018

As part of the Misinformation Ecosystems Conference Series 2018 and in partnership with r0g_agency a.o. Disruption Network Lab presents: HATE NEWS Manipulators, Trolls and Influencers   Investigating online opinion manipulation, strategic hate speech…

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South Sudanese colleagues visiting Berlin

May 7, 2018

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…

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IoT Day 2018

April 9, 2018

For #IotDay, a group of jHUB pioneers, along with local peers and colleagues came together with other refugees at the Rhino Camp settlement in Northern Uganda to introduce the concepts of…

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Raising awareness on the misuse of Social Media

April 6, 2018

Download the PDF Version of this press release   Juba, 6th April 2018: #ThinkB4UClick (Think Before You Click) is an awareness campaign that aims at pointing out the dangers of misinformation,…

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DEFY – the film

February 26, 2018

Download the PDF version of this press release   Combating hate speech through the Arts Starring Silvano Yokwe, Doker Stephen, Winnie Joseph, Nicole Mariam Produced by SKP South Sudan, Bilpam…

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Mapping Refugee Culture and Innovation Sites in Uganda

January 17, 2018

Since mid-2016 r0g_agency has become increasingly active with its partners on peacebuilding and open tech innovation at a number of South Sudanese refugee settlements in Uganda, primarily in the regions…

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#vienna school

December 18, 2017

Meeting the Other – a communication project between Rhino Camp and HBG Youths

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ThingsCon Nairobi

December 8, 2017

The #ASKotec team participated in ThingsCon Nairobi. An event organised by our friends and colleagues at ThingsCon, who are telessly working “toward a human-centered and responsible Internet of Things“. The…

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#Rhinotalks

November 29, 2017

#RhinoTalks, brought together different actors and relevant stakeholders from South Sudanese NGOs in Uganda, Journalists and refugee settlements leaders with the aim of sharing / developing of strategies for mitigating…

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#Peace4all video released

November 29, 2017

The new #Peace4ALL music video from the #PeaceVillage in collaboration with #defyhatenow takes place Tuesday March 28th 2017 at 6pm.   More information at www.defyhatenow.net

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Juba Wiki Sprint

November 9, 2017

Wikipedia Peace Sprint Within the #defyhatenow initiative we were training students from the University of Juba on writing and editing information about South Sudan on Wikipedia, the online global encyclopedia…

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Open Hardware Guide published

October 9, 2017

Following up on the 2016 “Let’s Go jHUB” programme, the OPEN HARDWARE GUIDE is an outcome of the Open Tech and Repair Skills workshop which was led by Timm Wille and…

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Wikipedia for Peace Berlin

July 18, 2017

Originally published at meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_for_Peace_Berlin_2017 A peace project in Berlin from July 4th to July 18th 2017! […] We think that Wikipedia needs more and better content on social movements, justice and peace in general.…

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Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents

December 16, 2016

Using Wikipedia to #defyhatenow in Wau, South Sudan. The #defyhatenow team held a Wikipedia peace agents workshop in Wau.   Wau Wikipedia Peace Agents #defyhatenow 15-16th December Wikipedia was searched to…

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Workshop: Using ojoVoz to #defyhatenow in South Sudan

November 8, 2016

#defyhatenow Workshop in Berlin, Germany     For more information on ojoVoz visit https://r0g.zeitpunkt-agentur.org/outcomes/ojovoz/

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#PeaceJam 2016

September 21, 2016

#defyhatenow social media #peacejam r0g_agency are very happy to coordinate the international social media #peacejam for UN World #peaceday, September 21st 2016 Events taking place now with #defyhatenow partners in Juba, Wau…

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#defyhatenow social media #PeaceJam16

September 21, 2016

Peace messages from Juba #peacejam “Peace is our strength” by Abar Algor & “PEACE is NO PoCs” by Soro Wilson. Photo: Hakim George   We are very happy to coordinate…

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Introducing Sauti ya Wakulima to South Sudan

July 4, 2016

Nearly 80% of the South Sudanese population rely on agriculture to maintain their livelihood, mostly rural residents who farm subsistence or cash crops. Half of this population live below the…

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Juba as an Open Source City : Urban Planning as a Tool for Peace Building

April 15, 2016

Author: Regina Díaz Salgado – Masters Governing the Large Metropolis Sciences Po Paris  (April, 2016 Berlin) Currently, in a state of civil unrest, South Sudan’s future remains uncertain and worrisome. South Sudan…

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Tech4Life in Karachi

March 11, 2016

‘Creative Application of Open Source Technology Using Arduino’        

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Wiki Sprint at #PeaceHackCamp

December 2, 2015

The #PeaceHackCamp was held in Juba from 30 November to 2 December 2015 with an amazing line-up of South Sudanese and international peace builders. One of the programme activities during the…

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#PeaceHackCamp 2015

October 6, 2015

Juba, South Sudan – November 30 to December 2, 2015 Bringing together peacebuilders, tech innovators and open culture advocates from across South Sudan and beyond to hack, code, make and…

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#defyhatenow background notes

May 9, 2015

Background research for detailed “DefyHateNow campaign + robust training curriculum summary of different policies, contexts and approaches re:monitoring and combatting hate speech on- and off-line. r0g_agency for open culture and…

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#DoDevDif – Doing Development Differently

January 22, 2015

How could development be done differently to increase opportunities for open innovation and knowledge sharing and strategies to best utilize available tools? On 22 January 2015 r0g_agency for open culture…

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South Sudan #DeepDive: Prof. Leben Nelson Moro

July 17, 2014

Join us for a special evening with our guest Prof. Leben Nelson Moro from the Center for Peace and Development Studies, University of Juba, South Sudan. At a time framed…

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[proto:type]Y2014

June 10, 2014

In the run-up 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…

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Warrap Wikipedia Sprint

January 4, 2014

Open Knowledge literacy training   A ‘Wikipedia sprint’ or ‘wikisprint’ for Kuajok, the capital of Warrap Sate, in collaboration with local students and the Kuajok Youth Organisation aims to draft…

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#OSMaLibre

December 12, 2013

    #OSMaLibre_Open_Systems_Proposal from Stephen Kovats

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Report on South Sudan ‘open systems strategies’ research trip November 2013

December 4, 2013

Stephen Kovats and Clemens Lerche (r0g_agency, Berlin) Juba and Kuajok (Warrap State), South Sudan   In Mid-November Stephen Kovats and Clemens Lerche of the Berlin, Germany based r0g_agency for open…

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#OSWARRAP: Open Systems Strategies linking FOSS & Open Knowledge

October 1, 2013

 – to strengthen agriculture in Warrap State, South Sudan   Abstract. In many parts of the world new civil societies emerging from shattering conflict and revolution are facing the challenge…

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Social Media Week Berlin

September 14, 2013

[SMW announcement, originally posted on socialmediaweek.org/Berlin]   #SMWBerlin September 23 to 27, 2013 The biggest free new media and tech conference, taking place simultaneously in 8 cities around the world!…

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The Future of Open Systems Solutions, now

May 6, 2013

UNESCO WSIS+10 review The Future of Open Systems Solutions, Now. Stephen Kovats r0g_agency for open culture and critical transformation (Berlin, 06 May, 2013)       Abstract The aim of…

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#MMJuba Documentation

January 17, 2013

Media&Makers: JUBA 2012 Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum 11-13 December 2012 Juba, Republic of South Sudan Media&Makers: JUBA 2012 – Open Knowledge and Sustainable Media Forum brought together policy makers,…

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Open Source in Post-Conflict Development

June 14, 2012

Twitter: #OSJUBA How do we help Juba to become the world’s first Open Source City? #OSJUBA is a conference and workshop held in Berlin on 21-22 June 2012 that brought…

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CIRCUM/POLARITY – Art, Culture and Open Technology in the Changing Arctic

March 3, 2012

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…

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