Anwar Dafa-Alla (Ph.D)
Founder, Nafeer IT and TEDxKhartoum
3/19/2014
Twitter: @Anwarking
TEDxMidAtlantic 2013
Twitter: @AnwarKing
Anwar F.A. Dafa-Alla, Interests …
• Computer Scientist/Privacy in Data Mining & Big Data
researcher . Assistant professor/...
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”...
My research , Human rights/PEACE & the
ongoing online war for/Against… ?
John Snowden
Anonymous
Julian Assange
Ex. DRONES & New tools for surveillance…&
Killings!
“We are not alone”
Your Privacy is in
DANGER!
South Korea 2002, 2013-2010
• IOI2002
My Online Activism
700,000 +
Views on
YouTube
In 2008
2010 going back home
•TED translations to break the language barrier driven by
the idea of finding the “next Einstein “.
•...
Activity/sm
Sudanese Researchers Initiative
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Today
Nafeer Volunteers
8/1/2013
The Shutdown of the
Event
5/11/2013
Third TEDxKhartoum
Event
5/1...
TED Open Translation Project (one reason why
TEDTalks are popular)
oTEDx Khartoum Dream of the community
oFoundation of the Community
oAction by the community
oImpact on the community
TEDx events in Sudan (2011~ Date)
•25 TEDx events was organized so far
•Very High Youth engagement (62% of Sudan 35 M popu...
TEDx Khartoum 2011 Speakers
TEDxKhartoum 2011 (Theme: Who We Are?)
BEST of : TEDx Stage Design
Ammar Haggar : Artist
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zawQSqED0K0&list=PL983
83733B346ACFA&index=151
Speko (Speaking glove) -Abdelkareem Badri a...
TEDx Youth@Khartoum 2011 Speakers
TEDxYouth@Khartoum Nov. 2011 (Yes, You(th) Can Be the Change)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_FOfHwH-WU
Represented the Sudanese
Youth at the United
Nations
Conference on Trade and
De...
TEDx Khartoum 201 Speakers
TEDxKhartoum 2012, (Theme: Positive Thinking)
Sudan Cube Satellite , a
research project @
Khartoum university
The Sanctions effect
https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=zawQSqED0K0&list=PL98383733
B346ACFA&index=151
Our Sudan: Tarig Hilal @ TEDxKhartoum,
A week pick by TEDx Editorial team
10 TEDxTalks every American should
watch before Election Day
TEDx Youth@Khartoum 2012 Speakers
TEDxYouth@Khartoum 2012 (Turn On the Lights)
Expats Conference
TEDx Conference
TEDx Khartoum 2013 Speakers
TEDxKhartoum 2013, (Theme: Knowledge Into Action)
 Talks Interrupted Completed talks
17
Among them, 6 are/about to become TEDx licensee
TEDxKhartoum 2013 team
However, TEDx is sustainable in Sudan
•De-centralized, Independently organized, Community
oriented, Reasonably easy to do ...
# 2 Our Sudan
Sudan, TX
Why?
August flash floods
The Extent of Damage
530,000 people affected
74,000 houses damaged or destroyed
#3 Nafeer
A Popular Campaign responding to the emergency humanitarian situation. a Sudanese social
tradition that comes fr...
“A system of citizens, by citizens and for citizens”.
"Information of the crowd, by the crowd, and for the crowd“.
ICT for...
Nafeer Framework by Abybakr
Altaif
Awareness Raising
Nafeer workflow
Call-in
through
hotline
Needs
Assessment
Report
Purchasing
&
In- kind
donations
Distribution
of
aid
Feedba...
Nafeer everywhere….
UN Agencies :
UNICEF,
UNDP,
WHO,UNFPA,
WFP,OCHA
USAID/
OFDA
DFID JICA
Embassies of
Germany,
Canada,
So...
Challenges/Obstacles
•Government interruption & Online censorship
•Individuals fear of self expression (under suppressive
...
Sudanese government use of Hacking
Team’s RCS spyware against activists
Italian technologies sold only for
governments!
- Help us by becoming aware and well informed.
- Help us lift the digital sanctions on Sudan
- Help us in training our you...
My presentation at Freedom House . DC.
My presentation at Freedom House . DC.
My presentation at Freedom House . DC.
My presentation at Freedom House . DC.
My presentation at Freedom House . DC.
My presentation at Freedom House . DC.
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
http://freedomhouse.org/event/discussion-sudanese-activist-who-brought-first-tedx-talks-sudan#.UynyFfldW7x

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_FOfHwH-WU
  • Our Sudan was a unique endeavor, a film made in Sudan, by Sudanese, for Sudanese with money raised not from international donor agencies but through an online campaign targeting the Sudanese diaspora and through the in kind support and professional expertise of local companies and NGOs including DAL Group, In the City, Sudia and Jafro records. The project drew on a cast and crew of thirty volunteers, recording two films (one in Arabic and one in English) in under two months and providing an opportunity for a group of young Sudanese to work together, forge friendships based on shared endeavor, learn the skills of film making and project management and produce something that we are all deeply proud of. All of this in the challenging and difficult environment. The equipment bought for the film is going to be donated to TEDx Khartoum and we now have a team with skills and experience in film making. So not only did you support an exciting new film but you invested in Sudan’s future. . Since the release of the English version of Our Sudan on 6th of June 2013 the film has been viewed over 63,000 times and continues to be watched by hundreds of people every day. The Arabic version released in early August has clocked over 8000 viewings and counting. Meaning that together the Our Sudan films have in only a few short months been viewed by over 70,000 people. We have had dozens of messages public and private from Sudanese; young and old; saying how much the film meant to them, reminding them of the countries potential and its promise. A young woman inspired to come back and serve her country, a film maker moved to share his vision and Sudanese activists in Washington DC setting up their own project to remind Sudanese in America to think more positively about Sudan.... are just a few of the stories we have heard.Last week we received the final installment of the Our Sudan project - T-shirts, posters and CDs - courtesy of the support and sponsorship of the DAL group. These will be used to thank the people who invested in the project financially and temporally and will be posted to our supporters all around the world. Few did more to make this project happen than you and as small token of our appreciation we will be sending you all a package of thanks. Once again. Thank you...... Thank you.Stay strong and speak soon
  • Nafeer is a popular campaign, responding to the call for collective action that stems from the Sudanese customs and traditions that have been handed down for centuries, which is deeply embedded in Sudanese norms and heritage and is supported and protected by the constitution and law.” The campaign seeks to help fellow Sudanese who were affected by the flash floods and heavy rains that hit different parts of the country in August 2013. Our activities include providing necessary and urgent assistance in the following areas: 1. Food provision;2. Basic health care;3. Environmental sanitation;4. Awareness Raising; and5. Preventive measures such as strengthening flood barricades.This campaign will come to a close with the end of 2013’s rainy season.
  • 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zawQSqED0K0&list=PL983 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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_FOfHwH-WU 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 https://www.youtube.com/watch? 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?

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