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 participated at an invitation-only Justice Sector Training, Research and Coordination Symposium by the The Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina. The topic was “Exploring the Relationship Between the Rule of Law and Violent Extremism in the Middle East.”
The symposium examined how state-based formal institutions—particularly those charged with upholding the rule of law, such as police, courts and corrections—can contribute to the kinds of grievances that are associated with violent extremism. The symposium also examined avenues for constructive institutional reform within the context of violent extremism. Participants considered how injustices, both large and slight, can feed into violent narratives used by extremists and how more inclusive approaches towards governance may increase public trust.