ICCWS Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday 27th February 2019

14:00 – 16:00

Grounded Theory Method

Grounded Theory Method

Led by Dr. Dan Remenyi, extraordinary professor at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa

Grounded Theory Method (GTM) is one of the great methodological success stories of the 20th century but it is a much misunderstood concept. It has to be carefully implemented if it is to produce effective research results. Developed by Barney Glaser and Anselm Strauss and published in their book The Discovery of Grounded Theory in 1967, it is sometimes called a data-orientated method as it is highly dependent on the way that the researcher interprets data and extracts meaning from it. In its originators’ own words “Grounded theory is an inductive, theory discovery methodology that allows the researcher to develop a theoretical account of the general features of a topic while simultaneously grounding the account in empirical observations or data”. Barney Glaser famously pointed out that “Data is all” but this has to be understood in a particular context.

There is a series of skill based activities required of the GTM researcher and he or she has also to master a vocabulary specific to this a method. This seminar explains what is required and addresses the GTM specific concepts and processes.

There are different approaches to GTM which have generally not being well explored and these differences will be addressed. GTM is of increasing importance in social science research and this seminar explains the rationale behind the method as well as giving the participants an opportunity to see if it is relevant to them and how to get started.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • To explain what is meant by the GTM and discuss what may be achieved using it
  • To explore the opportunities which grounded theory offers the researcher
  • To discuss the skills required for GTM
  • To point out the limits of theory developed by using GTM.

This seminar is relevant to students and more established academics, either new to GTM or wanting a refresher on the technique from most Faculties, Departments and Schools.

This seminar delivers practical useful information which may be put to use immediately. It also gives participants an opportunity to network with other researchers and authors.

Workshop Application details

The cost of attending the above workshop is £30 for participants registered for the 14th International Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security (ICCWS) and £60 for anyone wishing to participate who is not attending the conference. The workshop will take place at Stellenbosh Institute for Advanced Study.

To reserve a place on this workshop please use the online form:

For further information email:

09:00 – 18:00

Simulations and Gamification Techniques in the training of Cyber Specialists/Warriors

Simulations and Gamification Techniques in the training of Cyber Specialists/Warriors

Led by Prof. Elmarie Biermann, CSI Cyber Security Institute and Prof. Bryson Payne, University of North Georgia, USA

The workshop includes the following

  1. Cyber Simulation Exercises both government-focused and business-focused, centered on a set of events related to possible dam breaches due to cyber-kinetic attack and disinformation/information operations. Interactive exercise.
  2. Gamification demonstration to train and develop different skills sets within a cyber operational environment. Includes incident management and incident response.
  3. Discussion on building and expanding national cyber capabilities in Africa.

Workshop Application Details

The cost of attending the above workshop is GBP 65 or ZAR 1150 (This includes refreshements  and lunch).

The workshop will take place at STIAS (Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study), South Africa.

To reserve a place on this workshop please use the online form:
For further information email:

13:00 – 15:00

MMA Disinformation

MMA Disinformation Workshop

Basic outline: Disinformation is defined as content, stories or information that is published with the intent to do public harm. With South Africa’s Elections coming up later this year, the spread of such disinformation, particularly on social media platforms, is set to be one of the biggest stumbling blocks to holding credible national elections. Countries such as America, Macedonia, France, Brazil and Venezuela have all witnessed how online narratives and viral messages can affect democracy on-the-ground, often with dire consequences.

So, how easily can you identify real vs rubbish information online? Join us for a bit of fun as we delve into the world of bots, trolls and viral content. We will give some tips and tools that can help us distinguish the false from the factual. We will also highlight some of the key ways in which nefarious forces use social media to spread their (dodgy) narratives. You are guaranteed to be a credible news sleuth and bot-slayer by the end of the session!

Who we are: Media Monitoring Africa is a NPO that was established in 1993 to monitor the quality of the public broadcaster’s content in South Africa’s first democratic elections. In its 25 years, it has grown into a fully fledged media watchdog that keeps its eye on all media-related issues in the region and innovates solutions to address them. We have run over 300 projects analyzing how media report on various human rights issues, including gender, children, race and xenophobia. We have also conducted elections-related monitoring in South Africa (for every election since 1993), Lesotho, Zambia and Namibia. Our results are used not only to inform newsrooms and their practices directly, but are also used to steer local and national policy development in the direction of open justice, human rights and media freedom. Our work most recently has increasingly focused on the impact of social media and how traditional media narratives can be swayed and influenced by information posted (accurately or not) online.

What you will learn: Not only will we provide some practical examples of how online narratives have influenced local decision-making, during the workshop we will showcase the following tools that we have developed:

  • RoveR (to help spot Real over Rubbish news) is an app to help build local digital and media literacy skills as well as tackle dodgy online news
  • KnowNews Extension is a browser plug-in and available on which shows whether a news site is dodgy or credible
  • Digital Disinformation Complaints Committee is a complaints process whereby members of the public can submit content that they think might be disinformation. This content is assessed by a series of trained reviewers and recommendations are then submitted to the IEC (Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa) for confirmation. This process is a world first as we attempt to navigate and combat disinformation in South Africa in the lead-up to our national elections.

So join us as we demonstrate some of the ways in which we (and you can too!) take practical steps to push back against the tide of digital disinformation.

Please book a ticket to the event at:

Tickets cost R 160 (approximately 9 pounds) per delegate and should be presented at the entrance to the event.