Launching PeaceTXT

CeaseFire began operations 10 years ago in one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. Within a year, the project reduced shootings by 67%. These results have since been replicated dozens of times in Chicago, other US cities and abroad including Iraq. An extensive three-year independent evaluation funded by the US Department of Justice provided statistical proof […]

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Uchaguzi: Monitoring the Tanzania Elections

Ushahidi is excited to announce it’s deployment of Uchaguzi TZ, an elections monitoring program for Tanzania’s October 31st national elections. The platform has built off the successes of Uchaguzi Kenya to include 2,000 monitors in Tanzania, 30,000 trusted sources, plus messages from the crowd. Uchaguzi TZ’s shortcode is 15540, and we’ve already started receiving and […]

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Discovering Content Sources with SwiftMeme

One of the big requests we’ve had from users of Ushahidi products is “What if I don’t know what feeds or sources to follow?” Whether it’s from humanitarian groups or corporates, some organizations have the cold-start problem of not knowing who to to listen regarding specific subjects. Alongside the next release of the SwiftRiver platform […]

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Bushfire Connect – Ushahidi building community resilience for Australian Bushfires

[Guest blog post by Maurits van der Vlugt, a Spatial Information Strategist, based in Sydney, Australia. He is recognised as one of Australia’s leading authorities in the design and implementation of (interoperable) spatial data infrastructures, and web delivery of spatial data.] The 2009 Black Saturday bushfires in the state of Victoria, Australia, burnt the equivalent of […]

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Praguewatch.cz – Mapping Threats to Public Space

[Guest blog post by Marek Čaněk, co-founder of praguewatch.cz and a PhD Candidate at Prague's Charles University and an activist in urban and migrant workers' issues] Praguewatch.cz is an internet guide to Prague’s controversial cases of urban planning, big development projects, parks and allotments under threat and alleged cases of corruption and clientelism. A group […]

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Gulf Coast Solidarity

Today is the six-month anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that killed eleven workers, injured seventeen others, and triggered the largest marine oil spill in history. Communities in the region continue to face long-term economic and environmental impacts from the oil spill, but international attention has shifted away from recovery efforts. […]

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Haiti, Web 2.0, and Humanitarianism: Change before you have to *.

[Guest blog post by Catherine Caron, a postgraduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she got a MSc in Development Management and wrote her dissertation on "The Impact of Web 2.0 Tools on the Humanitarian Aid Industry:  A Case Study of the Response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake"] The last decade saw the rise of both costlier natural […]

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Crowdsourcing and Chaos Theory

Below you’ll find the basis for my Ignite talk from ICCM10 in Boston originally titled “Veracity Blues: The Trouble with Crowdsourcing”. Would you trust these guys with your data? Not based on appearance, but experience or lack thereof. It depends right? You might trust them to lead you to a Heisman Trophy, but you probably […]

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