Tactical Tech’s “in-a-box” Toolkits

Tactical Technology Collective is an international NGO that provide human rights advocates with guides, tools, training and consultancy to help them develop the skills and tactics they need to increase the impact of their campaigning. The following guides and toolkits are available online, as downloadable files or they can be posted to not-for-profits in a book/CD […]

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Crowdsourcing Language Translations

[Dale Zak is one of the volunteer developers with Ushahidi, here is his story on tapping into the greater Ushahidi community.] With the multilingual functionality of the Ushahidi Windows Mobile app implemented, the challenge now is translating the ~90 English phrases to as many languages as possible. In the spirit of crowdsourcing, I tweeted for […]

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Emergency Information Patterns and Thoughts on Swine Flu

The Swine Flu news started while I was traveling. So, while I wasn’t able to do anything about it with Ushahidi, I did give it some thought. It seems to me that there are a couple patterns emerging, which should be discussed. First, we see an inordinate amount of traffic on the social networks (Twitter, […]

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Vote Ki Vaat Mat Lagne Do

I’m incredibly enthused to see the Vote Report India team continuing to grow, reach out and help coalesce a larger community around their project. The talented people at The Comic Project created a poster for them that can be put on blogs and websites to help draw attention to the elections in India. Vote Ki […]

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The Power of Platforms over Products

Currently I’m at the ICTD conference in Doha, Qatar. I’m here with Ken Banks to do a joint demonstration on how Ushahidi and FrontlineSMS have both profited from partnering where it makes sense. Really, it’s about the power of open platforms and how separate ones can strengthen each other when they work together. One of […]

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How Ushahidi Could Help Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous people still face marginalization, extreme poverty, forced relocation and other human rights violations. Their way of life and often their very survival is threatened, according to the United Nations. To me, this means that there are over three hundred seventy million people who could benefit from Ushahidi’s web based reporting tool. One major reason […]

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Explaining Swift River

An Introduction to Swift River from WhiteAfrican on Vimeo. Swift River was given a lot of thought by Chris Blow and Kaushal Jhalla before the Ushahidi meetings in March 2009. This video is a short version of what was recorded, giving an idea of what was being discussed. What is Swift? It’s an initiative that […]

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Ushahidi Was At W3C Workshop In Maputo

Last week I was in Maputo for the W3C workshop on the “Africa Perspective on the Role of Mobile Technologies in Fostering Social Development”. The aim of the workshop is to understand the specific challenges of using mobile phones and Web technologies to deliver services to underprivileged populations of developing countries, and also to capture […]

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Vote Report India Launches

“The world’s largest democracy, India, goes to election starting April 16, 2009. The month long general elections to the 15th Lok Sabha will be held in five phases on April 16, April 22, April 23, April 30, May 7 and May 13, and the results will be announced on May 16.” The last week has […]

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