Loving the Community’s Creativity

We have seen some incredible use cases of Ushahidi over the past five years, the majority of which we could never have dreamed of. Erik posted a blog post about how we choose to go wide instead of just deep by creating a tool that was purposefully a platform. We have been blown away by the […]

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Here Be Dragons: Looking back on Crowdmap at Mozfest

Angie and I got an opportunity to be a part of this year’s Mozilla Festival, joining hundreds of web makers from across the globe as they came together to teach and learn from each other. How did Crowdmap fit into the unconference’s theme for 2013? There were 10 different festival tracks this year, revolving around […]

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Ushahidi via USSD

The mobile phone has been at the core of Ushahidi’s strategy when building tools for citizen engagement. Its ubiquitous nature makes it the easiest tool to use and ensure that a vast majority of citizens can actively participate. We’ve seen this to be the case in many past Ushahidi deployments, such as Uchaguzi( deployment to […]

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Transparency in Extractives Industry. A role for Tech?

On a single day in March last year, three countries — Tanzania, Kenya and Mozambique announced discoveries of oil and gas (joining Uganda as possible oil and gas producers.) This was momentous, and according to this article in The East African, there are several major infrastructure projects in the East African region that are unprecedented. […]

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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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The Ushahidi Community results are in!

The Ushahidi community survey results are in! We’ve been fortunate to have people share their input and feedback to help us improve. The key themes were: Ushahidi needs stronger, unified documentation (a master wiki) Provide an accountable customer service work-flow Create an open development process, and Increase community programming to support mentorship and training. Who […]

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SMS and Liberia: a love story

Guest post by John Etherton, Ushahidi Liberia’s lead tech consultant. John lived in Liberia for three years starting in 2008; during that time he worked with Georgia Tech, the Clinton Foundation, Crisis Management International and USAID.  John is now based in Denver, USA and is the Managing Partner of Etherton Technologies, a consulting firm focused on […]

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Meet iLab Liberia

iLab Liberia, a project of the Ushahidi Liberia team, has been bustling since it opened this May.  iLab has become Liberia’s go-to resource center for local IT professionals, a training ground in open source software and has been known to throw a pretty mean mapping party. We’ve told you a bit about iLab on this […]

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Queensland and the Ushahidi Ecosystem

The work of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in the recent floods in Queensland has been nothing short of remarkable. ABC was in the middle of piloting some of our new products internally when a true disaster struck in the form of sever flooding in the north eastern Australian state. In a matter of hours their […]

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