Open Camps is a community-run conference focused on the use of open source technologies to address humanitarian issues and pursue the UN’s GlobalGoals. This is the world’s largest mission-driven open source conference, with 6,000+ attendees joining for 25+ conferences & events, featuring 400+ sessions on dozens of open source technologies.
The Unite for Humanity Hackathon, part of the Open Camps, strives to create solutions to some of our world’s most pressing problems. This year, one of the challenges was around the use of social media and narratives to push back against extremism.
Muflehun provided expert advice on the nature of the challenge throughout the week and was a judge for the finalists.
Muflehun presented on “How can we counter radical and extremist messages on the internet and social media?” and additionally ran an interactive workshop session on “Metanarratives- developing messaging and narratives to counter radicalization and recruitment of youth on the internet and social media.”
The meeting was held to foster better understanding of the causes of radicalization and possible responses through the exchange of best practices at regional level and beyond; and promoted strengthened partnerships between state actors, civil society and communities to address the root causes and consequences of the phenomenon. Participants included representatives from Central Asian countries, observer states, regional and international organizations, as well as relevant experts, counter-terrorism practitioners, and civil society from across the region.
Muflehun Executive Director Humera Khan joined the technology panel at the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) Special Meeting on Preventing terrorists from exploiting the Internet and social media to recruit terrorists and incite terrorist acts, while respecting human rights and fundamental freedoms. Facebook, Twitter, Weibo and Microsoft joined as co-panelists to discuss public-private collaboration for #reclaimingtheweb.
Muflehun also joined a panel on “Use of ICT for Counter-Messaging” at the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) Technical Sessions to talk about lessons learned for meta-narratives against violent extremism.
At the end, Ms Khan joined CTED Executive Director Jean-Paul Laborde for an informal press briefing.
The meeting included approximately 25 leading experts to examine the different requirements for an effective counter-narrative framework and provide recommendations on its implementation. The discussions used a background paper by Dr. Alex P. Schmid as a starting point to identify the challenges with existing governmental and non-governmental counter-narrative frameworks against Al-Qaeda’s violent extremist narrative, and to propose recommendations going forward.