How OGC’s Open GeoSMS serves for Disaster Management

[Guest blog post by Kuo-Yu slayer Chuang from Tawain's Industrial Technology Research Institute, ITRI.] I’m Kuo-Yu slayer Chuang from ITRI, a government funded research institute in Taiwan. We developed an open standard for exchanging location information via SMS among mobile devices called Open GeoSMS, which has currently been adapted officially by Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). […]

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RHoK – The Next Steps for Ushahidi Hacks

Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) is a short and mighty sprint of brains colliding to prototype on solutions on real world problems. RHoK was held on December 2 -5, 2011 around the world. We were delighted to see some projects use Ushahidi. Being part of a global hacking community supporting open source software is very […]

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A moment of discovery and awe

Angie and I are in Abu Dhabi for the Eye on Earth Summit. It has been a great conference so far, with a lot of discussion about greater access to environmental and social data for the conservation of the planet. What just happened a few moments ago left me and Angie speechless. We were at […]

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SwiftRiver Throws a Lifeline to People Drowning in Information

(The original post appeared on the MediaShift / Knight Projects: IdeaLab, December 9, 2011.) There’s a problem that constantly plagues us in this day of information overload, and that is the ability to sift the stream of incoming information into the bits that are valuable from those that aren’t. It’s a tough issue that we’ve […]

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Say Hello to Evan Sims

Today we are introducing you to the latest person to join the Ushahidi team. Evan Sims (@evansims) comes to us as a Senior Developer, helping to improve scalability, performance and reliability of our Crowdmap service. We are super excited to see what he can do with the platform! Evan brings a unique element to the […]

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Ushahidi Security Bulletin

A critical security vulnerability was discovered in the 2.1 release of Ushahidi. A fix had been posted but we were recently notified that this fix was not reflected in the version of the Ushahidi platform available for download at download.ushahidi.com. This vulnerability allows for unapproved reports to be viewable via search. A patch has been […]

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AFP features Ushahidi Liberia

Agence France-Presse visited Ushahidi Liberia’s office during the recent presidential elections to learn how the electoral process, and conflict across the country, was being mapped by partner organizations on the ground. Check out this AFP video for more:

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Ushahidi grows by 69mb

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the newest member of the team: Brian Muita. Brian’s been with us since the beginning of this month so this post is evidently late – I blame Yoda for taking so long to prep his (Brian’s) light saber. He’s however been a long time member of the community […]

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SMS for Violence Prevention: PeaceTXT International Launches in Kenya

One of the main reasons I’m in Nairobi this month is to launch PeaceTXT International with PopTech, Ushahidi, Praekelt Foundation, Sisi ni Amani, CeaseFire Chicago and Medic:Mobile. PeaceTXT International builds on the original PeaceTXT project that several of us began working on with CeaseFire Chicago last year. I began thinking about the many possible international applications […]

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Nairobi: Announcing funding from Omidyar Network

Two years ago we announced our first partnership with Omidyar Network, where they put $1.4m towards Ushahidi over the next 2.5 years. What most people don’t realize about ON, is just how much they bring to the table beyond funding, including strategic advice, human capital help, leadership training and network connections. It also gave us […]

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