The session brings together different perspectives on the impact of new technologies on security governance in East Africa. Contrasting Western and non-Western cooperation approaches, we engage with potentially conflicting security regimes in a region where various sets of actors aim to establish technological and normative standards for the continent.
Prof. Dr. Tobias Berger is Junior Professor for Political Science with reference to the Transnational Politics of the Global South at the Otto-Suhr-Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin. He is also Principal Investigator at the Cluster of Excellence “Contestations of the Liberal Script”.
Angela Oduor Lungati is a technologist, community builder and an open source software advocate.
Prof. Dr. Iginio Gagliardone is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. His past and current research projects have explored the role of new media in peace-building and state-building in East Africa and the increasing role of emerging powers, especially China, in shaping the development of information societies in Africa.
Abdilaziz Musa Yusuf is Director of Programs at Media INK, which is the first Somali media development organization and a spin-off of Free Press Unlimited. Media INK aims to build a society with a credible and trusted pluralistic media landscape, free access to information and an unhindered freedom of expression.
Kasahun Dender Melese is currently working as Project Coordinator for the Berghof Foundation project “Strengthening the Political Transition and Reform Process in Ethiopia”. Kasahun Dender Melese has served for four years as Deputy Executive Director of the Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation (CDRC), an Ethiopian-based public-policy think tank. Previously, he has served the Ethiopian public sector for 20 years in different capacities.
Dr. Karoline Eickhoff is an Associate Researcher in the programme for Conflict Transformation Research at the Berghof Foundation. She conducts research on South-South-Cooperation in the context of the research project „Security Doctrines in a Changing World: Exploring Western and Asian Policy Strategies towards Africa“, in cooperation with the Freie Universität (FU) Berlin.
Sahar Vardi is Israel Program Coordinator for AFSC and is a peace activist who has served three prison sentences for refusal to be conscripted into Israel's military service. Sahar is active on other Human Rights causes in Israel and the Palestinian territories, having begun at the age of 14 to join protests at the weekly marches of the villagers of Bil'in. Her work is recognized by the Nobel Women's Initiative.
Ruki Fernando is a human rights activist from Sri Lanka. He has supported campaigns and advocacy of survivors, victim’s families and war affected communities in asserting and advancing civic space. He has also been involved in documenting rights violations and writing in citizens websites, national press, and interviews. He has been involved in protecting human rights defenders and journalists at risk and is also a lecturer on human rights.
Teresa Ma is founder and a director of Peace Generation, a civil society organisation whose mission is to foster sustainable peace in Hong Kong. Before entering the peacebuilding field several years ago, she was a lawyer focused on complex corporate transactions. She has qualified as a mediator and currently serves on the board of and advises several NGOs focussed on poverty, community resilience and the arts.