UN Open Camps Hackathon

UN Open Camps Hackathon

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.

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. http://opencamps.org/
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.
http://opencamps.org/

 

Recognizing and Responding to Radicalization in Central Asia

Recognizing and Responding to Radicalization in Central Asia

The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventative Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) invited Muflehun to their regional workshop on “Recognizing and Responding to Radicalization that can Lead to Violent Extremism and Terrorism in Central Asia” as part of a comprehensive implementation of the Joint Plan of Action for Central Asia under the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

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.

UN Security Council CTC Special Meeting & CTED Technical Sessions on Preventing Abuse of ICT

UN Security Council CTC Special Meeting & CTED Technical Sessions on Preventing Abuse of ICT

UN CTC panelMuflehun 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.

UN Event information: UN CTC event info

Video coverage of event from UN TV available here:

CTED Technical Sessions: Preventing Terrorists from Exploiting the Internet and Social Media (Part 2)

CTC Special Meeting: Preventing Terrorists from Exploiting the Internet and Social Media (Part 3)– (starts at 1:51:06)

Press Briefing: Jean-Paul Laborde (CTED) and Humera Khan (Muflehun) on Terrorism Online – Media Stakeout (17 December 2015)

Expert Roundtable on “Developing an Effective Counter-Narrative Framework for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)”

Expert Roundtable on “Developing an Effective Counter-Narrative Framework for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)”

In June 2014, Muflehun participated in a one and a half day expert roundtable on “Developing an Effective Counter-Narrative Framework for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)” organized by Hedayah and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism—the Hague (ICCT).

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.

Expert Roundtable On Developing An Effective Counter-Narrative Framework for CVE