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TLDR: The scope of impact in Africa for work is great and an inspiration for the work ahead in 2015. Similar problems exist in various African countries and similar opportunities and the incredible chance to participate in a bolder stake on the future of the continent. Local communities have a key role in shaping strategy and can teach us a lot about what works where. With Ushahidi’s interlocking role of creating software tools for empowerment …

We started SwiftRiver with the lofty vision for a simple tool that quickly reveals insights hidden within the massive streaming real-time information flowing in from all web, mobile, and social sources. We wish that every innovative product with the potential for social good sees wild success, empowering millions around the world and improving lives — the reality is that with innovation comes uncertainty. We had some high impact stories and happy deployers of SwiftRiver technology …

Ushahidi team members recently provided blogger training and deployment consultation for the Txeka-la initiative monitoring the Mozambique general election and engaging community through mapping. From the Canadian High Commission YouTube post:

“Using the Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives, the Canadian High Commission in Maputo has partnered with Mozambican NGOs to develop a Portuguese language, web-based application that empowers ordinary citizens to observe and report on the 2014 Presidential Election through the use of their mobile …

(Guest Post by Samuel Maina. Samuel Maina is a Kenyan communications consultant & digital security trainer. He is the founder of Kijani Media and a blogger.)

The launch of a new digital security guide targets to reduce cyber-attacks against Environmental Rights Defenders in sub-Saharan Africa by equipping them with knowledge and tools to combat surveillance and disruption.

In October 2014, Tactical Technology Collective, a Berlin-based info-activism organization, launched the ‘Digital security tools and …

We’ve been discussing the new Crowdmap.com recently, and our own Brandon Rosage has shared some great videos of the new UX we’re feverishly working on. We thought it would be a good time to discuss how we’re building the new Crowdmap.com, and why we’ve taken the approach we have. Let’s start at the (sort of) beginning…

Our Team

We have great design chops on this team, and a wealth of engineering experience, but …

[Note: This article was originally posted on Ensia, written by Katie G. Nelson]

Putting power into the hands of the people is, quite literally, Erik Hersman’s life’s work.

With the help of mobile phone technology, open-source software and a team of socially conscious entrepreneurs, the Kenya-raised tech guru has emerged as one of the foremost leaders in Africa’s growing digital democratization movement. His mission: to …

Open Explorer BRCK Expedition: EdTech on The Nile

Ushahidi has helped our friends and fellow conspirators, OpenROV, make their dream of open exploration possible by building OpenExplorer.com using the Crowdmap API. It is an incredible project, something we are super excited about as a team both because of the technical things achieved in the site but also because of the bigger vision, to open up exploration to any one.

Last week …