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My presentation at Freedom House . DC.


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A Discussion with Sudanese Activist Anwar Dafa-Alla
A Discussion with Sudanese Activist Anwar Dafa-Alla

Freedom House cordially invites you to a presentation featuring:

Anwar Dafa-Alla (Ph.D)
Founder, Nafeer IT and TEDxKhartoum

Wednesday, March 19
10:00am – 12:00pm

Freedom House
1301 Connecticut Ave NW
4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036

Anwar Dafa-Alla (Ph.D) is a Sudanese activist who brought the first TEDx talks to Sudan. He worked as a translator for TEDx as well, translating more than 1100 TED talks into Arabic. He will bring his TEDxMidAtlantic presentation to Freedom House, where he will focus on the struggle between youth movements and the Sudanese government. He will also address the harmful effects that international sanctions have had on the people of Sudan, and ways in which western actors can help

Light refreshments will be served

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My presentation at Freedom House . DC.

  1. 1. Anwar Dafa-Alla (Ph.D) Founder, Nafeer IT and TEDxKhartoum 3/19/2014 Twitter: @Anwarking
  2. 2. TEDxMidAtlantic 2013 Twitter: @AnwarKing
  3. 3. Anwar F.A. Dafa-Alla, Interests … • Computer Scientist/Privacy in Data Mining & Big Data researcher . Assistant professor/Researcher . Yes & …. • TED Volunteer (translator/Arabic language coordinator) Yes &… • Online Content innovator /Content Enriching strategist. Yes &… • TEDxKhartoum & TEDxYouth@Khartoum Founder • Education/Research advocate. (Former Shadow Minister) Yes &… • U.S. sanctions on Sudan (Education & Knowledge access) Yes & … • Corruption fighter in Sudan Yes &… Multitasking (Yes &…)
  4. 4. But, • I’m not the prime of my time in Sudan! • There are many extraordinary people out there who can’t make it to “Exist”. • Lack of opportunity for the majority in Sudan.
  5. 5. My research , Human rights/PEACE & the ongoing online war for/Against… ? John Snowden Anonymous Julian Assange
  6. 6. Ex. DRONES & New tools for surveillance…& Killings! “We are not alone” Your Privacy is in DANGER!
  7. 7. South Korea 2002, 2013-2010 • IOI2002
  8. 8. My Online Activism 700,000 + Views on YouTube In 2008
  9. 9. 2010 going back home •TED translations to break the language barrier driven by the idea of finding the “next Einstein “. •TEDx : Promote positive thinking, break the sense of Isolation+ Space for community + Expression, Self-esteem •One Laptop Per Child = One Education Per Child.
  10. 10. Activity/sm Sudanese Researchers Initiative
  11. 11. 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Today Nafeer Volunteers 8/1/2013 The Shutdown of the Event 5/11/2013 Third TEDxKhartoum Event 5/11/2013 The short film Our Sudan 3/1/2013 Second TEDxYouth Event 11/17/2012 Second TEDxKhartoum Event 4/28/2012 First TEDxYouth Event in Sudan 11/28/2011 First TEDxKhartoum Event in Sudan 4/30/2011 Granted TEDxKhartoum License 11/1/2010 Started Volunteering for the TED translation 6/1/2009
  12. 12. TED Open Translation Project (one reason why TEDTalks are popular)
  13. 13. oTEDx Khartoum Dream of the community oFoundation of the Community oAction by the community oImpact on the community
  14. 14. TEDx events in Sudan (2011~ Date) •25 TEDx events was organized so far •Very High Youth engagement (62% of Sudan 35 M population are Youth) •More women TEDx organizers than men •More women TEDx speakers than men •More women attendees than men • Mostly in Khartoum area, but there is : TEDxWadMadani . TEDxPortSudan • Planning for TEDxObied • Failed to organize TEDxAlfashir & TEDxNiala (Security issues)
  15. 15. TEDx Khartoum 2011 Speakers TEDxKhartoum 2011 (Theme: Who We Are?)
  16. 16. BEST of : TEDx Stage Design Ammar Haggar : Artist
  17. 17. 83733B346ACFA&index=151 Speko (Speaking glove) -Abdelkareem Badri at TEDxKhartoum 2011 The Sanctions effect
  18. 18. TEDx Youth@Khartoum 2011 Speakers TEDxYouth@Khartoum Nov. 2011 (Yes, You(th) Can Be the Change)
  19. 19. Represented the Sudanese Youth at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Doha, April 2012
  20. 20. TEDx Khartoum 201 Speakers TEDxKhartoum 2012, (Theme: Positive Thinking)
  21. 21. Sudan Cube Satellite , a research project @ Khartoum university
  22. 22. The Sanctions effect v=zawQSqED0K0&list=PL98383733 B346ACFA&index=151
  23. 23. Our Sudan: Tarig Hilal @ TEDxKhartoum, A week pick by TEDx Editorial team
  24. 24. 10 TEDxTalks every American should watch before Election Day
  25. 25. TEDx Youth@Khartoum 2012 Speakers TEDxYouth@Khartoum 2012 (Turn On the Lights)
  26. 26. Expats Conference TEDx Conference
  27. 27. TEDx Khartoum 2013 Speakers TEDxKhartoum 2013, (Theme: Knowledge Into Action)
  28. 28.  Talks Interrupted Completed talks 17
  29. 29. Among them, 6 are/about to become TEDx licensee TEDxKhartoum 2013 team
  30. 30. However, TEDx is sustainable in Sudan •De-centralized, Independently organized, Community oriented, Reasonably easy to do in a short time •Benefits for individual : Networking, attachment , PR, leverage, recognition for volunteers certificate of appreciation, personal development, Job seeking, Training/Scholarships hunting, connections with Sudanese in diaspora, etc…
  31. 31. # 2 Our Sudan
  32. 32. Sudan, TX Why?
  33. 33. August flash floods The Extent of Damage 530,000 people affected 74,000 houses damaged or destroyed
  34. 34. #3 Nafeer A Popular Campaign responding to the emergency humanitarian situation. a Sudanese social tradition that comes from an Arabic word meaning “a call to mobilize.” Nafeer, a concerned- citizens initiative . Call for mobilization . Activities: 1. Food provision; 2. Basic health care; 3. Environmental sanitation; 4. Awareness Raising; and 5. Preventive measures such as strengthening flood barricades.
  35. 35. “A system of citizens, by citizens and for citizens”. "Information of the crowd, by the crowd, and for the crowd“. ICT for Disaster Management
  36. 36. Nafeer Framework by Abybakr Altaif
  37. 37. Awareness Raising
  38. 38. Nafeer workflow Call-in through hotline Needs Assessment Report Purchasing & In- kind donations Distribution of aid Feedback through: Hotline Questionnaires Observations Interviews Planning next activity
  39. 39. Nafeer everywhere…. UN Agencies : UNICEF, UNDP, WHO,UNFPA, WFP,OCHA USAID/ OFDA DFID JICA Embassies of Germany, Canada, South Africa, Norway Sudanese Private Sector & Businessmen Sadagaat Sudanese Scouts Shari’ Alhawadith Partners
  40. 40. Challenges/Obstacles •Government interruption & Online censorship •Individuals fear of self expression (under suppressive government/ “conservative” community). •Lack of access due to U.S. Sanctions on Sudan • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). • Can’t buy /get access to electronic components . • Do-It-Yourself (DYI) . • Online payment & Job creation • Mobile Online tools (7 Million + internet users , mostly Mobile users)
  41. 41. Sudanese government use of Hacking Team’s RCS spyware against activists Italian technologies sold only for governments!
  42. 42. - Help us by becoming aware and well informed. - Help us lift the digital sanctions on Sudan - Help us in training our youth : Technology, Leadership, Basic & Higher Education, Training, Tools , etc… - Media Thank You How can you help?