Weekly: RHOK hackathon and more!

Happy Random Hacks of Kindness (RHOK) weekend! RHOK’s mission is to create a self-sustaining global community of innovators building practical open technology for a better world, and to ensure their work creates impact in society. RHOK Bangalore (India), Nairobi (Kenya) and Vancouver (Canada) will each be featuring Ushahidi Hacks. The types of projects range from […]

Learning from the Kenyan Car Pooling Initiative

With a few Nairobi friends, we are helping support our local community: Why this Crowdmap? To help the laudable efforts of @KenyaRedCross, @Mtotowajirani , @KenyaRoadSafety and others To reduce the noise to signal ratio on the hashtag, so that information  can be organized and visualized easily. To create an archive of what happened online in […]

Upgrade Day, Security Release and Code fix 2.6.1

We have an important Security release and minor code fix for 2.6. The release number is 2.6.1. Security updates: Vulnerability: Forgotten password challenge guessable. Fixes security issue discovered by Timothy D. Morgan. (Thank you). Forgotten password challenges were guessable based on users last login and email address. Tokens are now generated based on a HMAC […]

GeoAvalanche Case Study Input for Ushahidi 3.0

[Guest post by Francesco Bartoli. Francesco is the founder at Geobeyond Srl and a geospatial technologist who fosters innovation technology to Geographic Information System and Spatial Data Infrastructure. He is advocate of Open Source, Open Government, Open Data development where also acts as OGC standards and INSPIRE advisor to assisting business programs at largest extent […]

Weekly x 3: Community Map & Global Wrap-up

What an amazing few weeks connecting in person with deployers on two continents! Please consider this a 3-week wrap-up of great projects and people. While traveling, I met deployers ranging from corruption/transparency activists, journalists, data hackers, environmentalists, election hackers, researchers, civil society dynamos and more. There could be academic papers and blog posts on each […]

Crisis Mapping: Cultivating Alliances

[Guest post by Avi Lambert: Avi is passionate about cross-pollinating web thinking in government, the public sector and civil society organizations. His work connects the dots between strategies, tactics, desired end-state behaviors and demographics. www.avilambert.net] “Locative media utilize a range of devices from GPS systems, and wi-fi networks, to bluetooth enabled cellphones, to creative new […]

15IACC: What is Corruption Mapping?

What is corruption mapping? In the past year, we have seen a rise of corruption tracking maps or maps that include tracking corruption as part of their project. A number of our Deployment of the Weeks have been corruption maps. And, one of our Trusted Developers, Tarik Nash-Nesh, has been a leader connecting Ushahidi’s community […]

An update: Crowdsourcing, Crisis Mapping and Elections

This past week has been a trying one for many communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. From Haiti, Cuba and North Eastern USA. The Ushahidi community assisted remotely whenever they could. Our team shared resources and helped new mappers get going with our technology. There are gaps ofcourse, Ushahidi do not have a dedicated call center/tech […]

Ushahidi and Designing for Data: Next Steps

[Guest post by Brandon Greenberg. Original Post] There is no doubt in my mind that Ushahidi and Crowdmap are successes in their own right. The platforms fills huge information gap in crisis operations and people know it. But with any success comes the expectation that you continue to evolve the solution to meet the growing […]

Putting eVAW on the map: APC and partners launch first-of-its-kind mapping tool

[Guest post by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). Written By LC for APCNews. Originally published Calgary, Canada, 19 October 2012] Project partners will participate in the Take Back the Tech! campaign held each year from 25 November to 10 December, which is a global call for everyone, especially women and girls, to take control […]