The Future We Want – Our Rio20

We’re honoured to announce this week’s Deployment of the Week: Our Rio20! Well done Manu and team for mapping over 3000+ tweets about #thefuturewewant! Here’s a guest blog post from him: [Guest post by Manu Kabahizi, creator of OurRio20 map. As an entrepreneur, researcher and self-taught technologist, he is a partner and Director of Business […]

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Announcing V2.3 Juba – Bug Fix Release

As communicated in our last platform release, we are adopting a monthly release cycle. Today we are happy to announce v2.3 of the platform which is mainly a follow up of Juba. It is mainly a bug-fix release and some of these are outlined below: Cleaned up database Schema – There have been some redundant […]

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Bijoya: Crowdsourcing a Harassmap for Bangladesh

[Guest blog post by Shehzaad Shams, co-founder of Bijoya crowdmap] ‘Bijoya’ means ‘Victory’ in Bangla language.  A ushahidi powered crowdmap called Bijoya was launched on the 16th December 2011 to coincide with the Victory Day of Bangladesh to see victory for women and girls in that country  against social evils such as dowry, rape, harassment, fatwa, eve […]

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Mergers, Meetings and Hacks: Community Update

Ushahidi Mailing list Changes We are merging mailing lists to have two instead of many: Community@list.ushahidi.com Developers@list.ushahidi.com The biggest change for this is with all the Ushahidi developer groups: Swiftriver, Mobile, designers and more. The main technical developer connection list is now – developers@list.ushahidi.com. This gives all technical community members a chance to learn and […]

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Data Hugging, Feedback Loops and Open Data

At Ushahidi, we have interacted with various organizations around the world, and the key thing we remember from reaching out to some NGOs in Kenya is that we faced lots of resistance when we began in 2008, with organizations not willing to share data which was often in pdfs and not in machine readable format. […]

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The Journey to Change

When we think about maps and Ushahidi, it is often easy to get caught up in the technology. But, the biggest change is with the people who are deploying and building communities with Ushahidi. These brave souls are trying out new methods to tell map stories. Often, their efforts to break new ground in their […]

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The Questions That Guide Us

The initial question that guided Ushahidi was “What is the view from the ground” “What is going on wherever you are” “What are you witnessing” “How can people find information to help them or to be aware of near real time information?” Can we take all this information, share it and archive it online? Fast […]

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Crowdmap: We’re making changes

As a policy we try to keep the community as informed as possible when major service disruptions occur. Last Friday, March 30, 2012, Ushahidi and Crowdmap experienced a period of extended downtime due to a combination of external factors occurring at our hosting provider’s data center. Summary Beginning at approximately 13:30 UTC, a distributed denial […]

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China Strikes

[Guest post: Manfred Elfstrom is a PhD student at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Mr. Elfstrom was responsible for China programming at the International Labor Rights Forum and was Campaigns Coordinator at China Labor Watch.] A series of exposés of labor conditions at factories supplying Apple have […]

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