Kenya: One Year Later

It has been a year since the presidential election that sparked off the crisis in Kenya. The world has moved on to an economic depression, a black president of Kenyan heritage in the United States, and deja vu in the middle east. Everyone (Almost Everyone) looks to 2009 with optimism and expectation. Meanwhile the fate […]

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Static vs Dynamic Maps

Whenever Patrick Meier and I get together, we’re sure to spend at least some of that time grousing over the fact that static maps in services like ReliefWeb are frustrating. Below is an excellent static map showing cross-boarder conflict in Africa, and an excerpt from Patrick’s blog on it. “Instead of the usual depiction of […]

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Federated Microblogging, SMS, and Location

Federated Microblogging, SMS and Location, originally uploaded by whiteafrican. The ideas represented here stem from thoughts on a post I did on my personal blog called, “Microblogging, Location and Emergencies” about the broader scope and coverage of mobile social networks in places like Africa. “I don’t want to just get updates from random strangers in […]

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Ushahidi in the News

Just a quick post to catch everyone up of where Ushahidi has been mentioned and received recognition lately. Media Forbes Magazine article on “Citizen Voices“ BBC Article and radio interview on “Web tool maps Congo conflict“ LeMonde on “Suivre les événements en RDC depuis une “Google map“” NowPublic’s “2008′s Top 10 Moments in User-Generated News“ […]

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The Conflict Early Warning Quandry

If you create a system that successfully decreases or stops conflict, how can you prove that it worked? That’s the problem, and it’s a big one. So far what everyone has seen with Ushahidi is gathering information and reports during crisis situations. What we’re working towards is something which we believe can be a lot […]

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Carolina For Kibera & Ushahidi

Today I met with Salim Mohammed, Ken Juma and Shahrzad Nouraini of Carolina For Kibera (CFK). CFK is considering the use of Ushahidi to map and highlight their activities in the Kibera community. Amongst other laudable activities, CFK in conjunction with Jamii Ya Kibera, organizes community forums “Barazas” that encourage dialogue and understanding in various […]

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Nairobi developers meetup

Overhead, originally uploaded by zulusafari. On Thursday we had an Ushahidi developer meetup in Nairobi. We met at our favorite (free wifi) food court at the Prestige Plaza, and as always, had a great time discussing the latest news, and biggest areas of focus. Big pushes in this coming 2-3 months include: Customized mapping overlays […]

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Vote for Ushahidi – Netsquared/USAID Mobile Challenge

It’s that time again, your chance to do what the Ushahidi community does so well, go vote for us in a challenge and help us win $10,000 for further development. You’ll need to register and login to the site. Make sure you don’t just select the “+”, but put us on your “BALLOT”. There are […]

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A Joint Presentation on FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi

Juliana Rotich and Ken Banks, originally uploaded by whiteafrican. Juliana, Program Director of Ushahidi, and Ken Banks, founder of FrontlineSMS, are speaking at a workshop on Social Media for Social Change (sm4sc) happening outside Nairobi this week that is put on by Plan International. It was an interesting session because we had setup the FrontlineSMS […]

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Covering the DRC – challenges for Ushahidi

It’s been a little over three weeks since we went live with the Ushahidi DRC page.   As we mentioned, we went live with software that was still very much in alpha so there were a lot of kinks to be worked out from the technology side including integrating the mobile function, incorporating multiple news feeds, […]

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