Using Modern technologies to Spur Fair Elections in Armenia

[Cross-posted from ArmeniaNow] Ahead of the forthcoming parliamentary election in Armenia for the first time an online platform has been created for reporting and registering election violations – voters can make calls and report any violation, send SMS, photographs and video. The Transparency International and Media Diversity Institute NGOs are implementing a joint iDitord (iObserver) […]

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Crisis Mapping Syria: Automated Data Mining and Crowdsourced Human Intelligence

[Cross-posted from iRevolution.net] The Syria Tracker Crisis Map is without doubt one of the most impressive crisis mapping projects yet. Launched just a few weeks after the protests began one year ago, the crisis map is spearheaded by a just handful of US-based Syrian activists have meticulously and systematically documented 1,529 reports of human rights […]

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Ushahidi Weekly #1

At Ushahidi, we move fast. We have two weekly internal team meetings (whole team and tech team). We’ve heard from you that the barrage of content is overwhelming and that you would like an Ushahidi Weekly Summary. Now that the wiki is launched, we have a permanent home for collaborative weekly reports for the community […]

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Untethered Hardware Connectivity in a Crisis

In the software space we’ve been able to think up, prototype, build and take to market ideas much faster than anywhere else. As the consumerization of hardware picks up steam, we’ll see the same thing happen with devices. There’s a very cool company that’s been started by Aaron Huslage, an acquaintance of mine, who I […]

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TechChange Course on Ushahidi

We’re excited to announce the launch of TechChange’s 4-week course on the Ushahidi platform. As we’re fond of saying at Ushahidi: technology is at most 10% of the solution. The same is true when using the Ushahidi platform in any given project. To be sure, the Ushahidi platform is only 10% of the challenge and […]

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Live – Water Hackathon

We’re live at the Water Hackathon in NYC. You can follow along with our Scribble Live content. Public Laboratory (Grassroots Mapping), Pachube, Don’t Flush Me and Ushahidi are partnered to hack on maps and sensors all weekend. The Ushahidi team (David, Dale and Heather) will be working on requirements and code to connect maps to […]

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Predicting Locations of Emergency & Damage During Disaster Using VGI Data

[Guest blog post by Prateek Budhwar who is currently pursuing M.Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India. Prateek is interested in the areas of Volunteered geographic information, Digital image processing, GPS based LBS applications on android and remote sensing]. The VGI data obtained from the Ushahidi-Haiti platform during the first 72 hours of Earthquake […]

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Launching the New Wiki and Video Initiatives

I dream of Ushahidi community members sharing best practices and mentoring others to change their world. To make this more possible, we have a new wiki and video channel. Both community zones are available for all of you to collaborate and share content. But, most of all, build, spread and change Ushahidi. Ushahidi exists to […]

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Announcing Ushahidi/SwiftRiver Research Seminar at the Wikimedia Foundation in San Francisco, 4 April

How is a Wikipedia article different from a news article about the 2011 Egyptian Revolution at different points in the story’s evolution? What are the roles of social media and other Internet sources in rapidly evolving articles? And what, really, is Wikipedia’s working perspective on primary sources? Join us for a seminar at the Wikimedia […]

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#UgandaSpeaks: Al-Jazeera uses Ushahidi to Amplify Local Voices in Response to #Kony2012

Invisible Children’s #Kony2012 campaign has set off a massive firestorm of criticism with the debate likely to continue raging for many more weeks and months. In the meantime, our colleagues at Al-Jazeera have repurposed our previous #SomaliaSpeaks project, and added in the excellent FrontlineSMS tool for local text messaging, to amplify Ugandan voices responding to […]

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