Digital Media in Conflict-Prone Societies

I had the chance to do a talk with Ivan Sigal, Executive Director of Global Voices, at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC this week. The talk was primarily about the paper that Ivan wrote, titled Digital Media in Conflict-Prone Societies, which should be out soon. I filled in as a representative of […]

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Download form fixed

For those who’ve used the download form in the last few days to request a copy of the Ushahidi platform, kindly accept our apologies, we had a small problem with the code that notifies us of your request. This has been fixed and you should have received a link to download the platform. If you […]

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Nairobi: Mapping Party

Our friends at OpenStreetMap are embarking on a mapping endeavor that will create the first public digital map of Kibera. Mikel Maron of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team will work with volunteers, techies, and other partners to train youth on current mapping techniques. Over a two week period in November, the team will then map out […]

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ICCM and the Flat Organization

David, Chris and I attended the International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM) this past weekend. It was the first time academics, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, software developers and people from the field have met under one roof to discuss crisis mapping. Everyone, about 70 in all, came together to discuss issues in an open forum […]

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You can’t replicated DNA

Ory and I are in Camden, Maine as part of the Pop!Tech Fellows program for 2009. It’s a time with exceptional individuals building companies that are trying to do the right thing, and taught by a faculty of world-class experts in everything from marketing to finance and social media. (more of my thoughts on the […]

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The Ushahidi Forums

The Ushahidi forums are becoming the place to go for help, insight and information on Ushahidi. Recently, we had a question asking about how to add user authentication. After reading my response I realize that my answer on “user levels” might not be what the questioner is looking for… This is the beauty of a […]

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Quality and Critical Mass

I’ve spent the last couple days holed up in a room in scenic Salzburg, Austria with 20 other people from both traditional journalism and new media backgrounds. Our goal: discuss strategies for more effective engagement and investment in “tomorrow’s media“. Having this mixture of “old school” journalism professionals mixed in with those of us who […]

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Ushahidi en espaƱol

We are delighted to share some wonderful news from our friends at Cuidemos El Voto, the project that tracked the Mexico elections this year. The group helped translate the Ushahidi platform into Spanish, to make it easier for deployment and adoption in the Spanish speaking world. They have posted the code on Github where you […]

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