Weekly: FoodSync, Tech for emergencies, and Plugins!

Deployment of the week We applaud the efforts of Foodsync.org, utilizing the power of technology to reduce waste and connect surplus food to the hungry by mapping out food donations from participating vendors and delivery of these donations to organizations in the US. Tech Tools for Emergencies The recent terrorist attacks in Nairobi shook all of us […]

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Security Tips in Emergencies

(Guest post, cross posted from Citizen Lab blog. The Author,Jennie Phillips is a PhD student working with the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the development of crisis resilience with high-risk civil society groups promoting human rights freedoms online in a virtual, networked setting. With an MA in Education Technology, […]

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Mapping Syria

Humbled and challenged. Lauren Wolfe of Women Under Siege and Souraya (pseudonym) of Syria Tracker joined Chris and I to share stories and lessons learned about Mapping Syria. We discussed research methodology, verification, their team structure, data quality, data cleanup guidelines, funding models, and post-traumatic stress. Here are few points that struck us: Syria Tracker […]

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The Everyday Peacemakers on our Streets

[This post originally appeared on the Respublica blog, a UK-based thinktank. Guest blog post by Catherine Dempsey, PhD candidate at King's College London, researching innovative uses of technology in community-led conflict prevention - @catherinedem] Our collective breath was taken away by the bravery of the women who guarded Lee Rigby’s body, the soldier murdered in […]

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Ushahidi version 2.7 – Bamako

It’s that time again when the Ushahidi ninjas package what they have been working on – 2.7 version of the platform. This release is dubbed Bamako!! It is quite a huge one with many changes including some security fixes. (We name all our software releases after cities in Africa.) Crowdmap Classic users – your deployments […]

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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 […]

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Crowdmap SSL Update

On Crowdmap.com, we use SSL encryption to make sure that data being passed between your machine and our servers aren’t able to be easily intercepted by third parties. This is automatically supported by your browser and you don’t have to do anything to turn it on. Unfortunately, verified SSL certificates aren’t free and must be […]

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Weekly: Upgrade Day, Humanitarian Hack Box

Upgrading to 2.5, the latest Ushcast, the Humanitarian Hack Box and a Deployment of the Week from Romania are in this report. Upgrade Day We want to make upgrade to the latest and most secure version as smooth as possible. To help you get upgraded to the latest version, we will be holding Upgrade office […]

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Announcing 2.5 – Cairo

First off, our apologies for not releasing this version in June, but it is due to the quantity and quality of change it ships with hence more time was required on the quality assurance end. Its in this regard 2.5 is being released in August and so the other versions shift respectively. Well, there has […]

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Ushahidi Platform v2.4 – Bug Fix Release

It’s that time of the month again when we release a newer version of the Ushahidi platform. As with the last one, this is also a bug fix release so no new features – just some ironing on what already exists. The Ushahidi core platform and Crowdmap are both updated. Bug Fixes include Scheduler Fixed: […]

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