Ushahidi’s intersection with citizen journalism

Ushahidi’s role in promoting citizen journalism and as a tool for “alternative” journalism was recently highlighted by the International Center for Journalists. As we work on the new version of Ushahidi, we hope that it will be embraced by journalists in the field, especially those reporting in difficult and restricted situations.   If you are a […]

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Ushahidi Announces its Advisory Board

Ushahidi is pleased to announce the appointment of its inaugural advisory board.  This accomplished group of people, with expertise spanning from mobile phones to early conflict warning systems, will bring a wealth of experience to Ushahidi as we continue to grow. It is a great privilege for us to have this group on board (no […]

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At the Picnic Festival in Amsterdam

Ethan Zuckerman uses Ushahidi as an example of interesting stuff coming out of Africa. I’ll be speaking tomorrow with Ethan at the, “Surprising Africa” day here at the PICNIC festival in Amsterdam. He famously quips: “If Africa is surprising, then you’re not paying enough attention.”

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Political Conflict vs Natural Disasters

Paul Currion has been working in the technology-side of crisis situations for a long time. He just finished some time in Georgia, and has written a piece venting some of his frustrations on the situation there. One particular quote stood out to me (though you should really read it all): “In a natural disaster, government […]

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Ushahidi is going to Poptech!

We are thrilled to announce that Erik Hersman and Ory Okolloh have been selected to be part of the inaugural class of Pop!Tech Social Innovation fellows.  The fellowship program is intended designed to “accelerate the positive impact of their projects by connecting Fellows with world-class thought leaders and a 21st century toolkit—including the latest tools […]

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The Ushahidi iPhone Application – Please Critique

The volunteer developers behind Ushahidi are at work on a number of concurrent efforts, one of those is the team working on the iPhone application: Joe Jones, Chris Blow and Wilfred Mworia. They have reached the stage where getting feedback from a larger audience would be extremely helpful. Click on the image above to see […]

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Ushahidi on The Takeaway Radio show

Early this morning, David was interviewed by John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji for The Takeaway radio show WNYC. What if people living in conflict zones could predict where violence was going to break out? A small group of Kenyans created an early-warning tool that aims to do just this. The project is called Ushahidi, which […]

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Ushahidi receives $2000 Special Distinction Award

Yesterday, Erik and I attended the Knight Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism. The symposium was Sponsored by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism – American University School of Communication. We were among a great group of Finalists, and were immensely honored to have the Ushahidi Project win an award. It is our first glass […]

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mobile.crisis.journalism.

This week Juliana, David and myself are in Washington DC as finalists in the Knight-Batten Awards for innovations in journalism. Out talk will touch on the future of Ushahidi, and the power of citizen journalism, especially in a time of crisis. In the social media space, we have what is called the 1% rule, which […]

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The NEW Ushahidi.com Launches!

We’re very happy to announce the new Ushahidi website design! [Press release: Ushahidi Redesign and Funding Announcement] A big thanks goes out to Richard “Ochie” Flores for the excellent design, Kwame Nyong’o for the beautiful illustrations, and Ivan Bernat for the spotless HTML/CSS markup. Grab a Button Help show your support for Ushahidi with our […]

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