New Horizons for Jon Gosier

Jon Gosier is a friend and I’ve greatly enjoyed working with him for the past 1.5 years at Ushahidi. He’s taken the SwiftRiver platform, and moved it along swiftly (pun intended), at a rate that just wouldn’t have happened without him around. Simply put, I know few others that can take an idea, explore the […]

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Experimenting with Aid Information

[Alena Stern ’12 is an AidData research assistant at the College of William and Mary] Randomized controlled trials have garnered increasing attention in the development community, particularly with the high-profile work of economists Esther Duflo, Abhijit Banerjee, and their colleagues at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Randomized controlled trials […]

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Knight Challenge Grant!

It’s truly an honor to accept a $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for the SwiftRiver project!  It’s the culmination of a long journey that began in 2008 but evolved in 2010 when I joined the project as (product designer) and later Matthew Griffiths (lead developer). Swift is an open-source initiative who’s goal is to make the […]

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The Amnesty Crowd: Mapping Saudi Arabia

[Guest blog post by Scott Edwards and Christoph Koettl from Amnesty International USA] Just a few short weeks ago, Amnesty International celebrated its 50th anniversary. Over the course of 50 years, Amnesty International as a brand and a non-governmental organization has become an important actor in the international space—not only as a global grassroots movement […]

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Universities for Ushahidi: Mapping as a Peacebuilding Tool

The Universities for Ushahidi (U4U) program kicks off at the US Institute of Peace (USIP) today. This week long U4U training program was inspired by the student run Ushahidi maps for the Haiti and Chile earthquakes last year. Students have always been a force for change around the world and especially in terms of peacebuilding. I […]

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Bookmark the Web

During the response to the quakes in Haiti in 2010, one of the most frequently requested features from Ushahidi users was the ability to turn any web page into a ‘report’ with the click of a button (as opposed to through aggregation). There were a lot of hacks to get around this, such as taking […]

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Algorithms Augmenting Human Decisions

Here’s an update about the SwiftRiver platform from PDF11 which I had the pleasure of speaking at yesterday. My slides are below and here you can find video of my presentation. Crowdsourcing 102: Mining Real-Time Data The summation of the talk is that the Swift project has been assigned a very complex and incredibly difficult […]

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A Toolkit for the other 90% + Ushahidi for Joomla!

[Guest blog post by Emer Beamer, co-founder at Butterfly Works] In 2010 it was noted on the Ushahidi blog that when running a full Ushahidi campaign, installing the software was only 10% of the work. The Toolkit we have just launched aims to cover the other 90% including a ‘How To’ and a Case Study, […]

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