Ushahidi’s role in promoting citizen journalism and as a tool for “alternative” journalism was recently highlighted by the International Center for Journalists.

As we work on the new version of Ushahidi, we hope that it will be embraced by journalists in the field, especially those reporting in difficult and restricted situations.   If you are a journalist who is interested in seeing how you can use Ushahidi in your work, please drop us …

Ushahidi is pleased to announce the appointment of its inaugural advisory board.  This accomplished group of people, with expertise spanning from mobile phones to early conflict warning systems, will bring a wealth of experience to Ushahidi as we continue to grow.

It is a great privilege for us to have this group on board (no pun!)

Ushahidi Advisory Board

Katrin Verclas is the co-founder and editor of Mobile Active.org.  She is also a …

Paul Currion has been working in the technology-side of crisis situations for a long time. He just finished some time in Georgia, and has written a piece venting some of his frustrations on the situation there. One particular quote stood out to me (though you should really read it all):

“In a natural disaster, government agencies and international organisations are usually relatively comfortable to share information about the situation – but in a conflict, …

We are thrilled to announce that Erik Hersman and Ory Okolloh have been selected to be part of the inaugural class of Pop!Tech Social Innovation fellows.  The fellowship program is intended designed to “accelerate the positive impact of their projects by connecting Fellows with world-class thought leaders and a 21st century toolkit—including the latest tools and thinking in emerging technology, design, communications, branding, funding, and scalability.”

This is wonderful …

The volunteer developers behind Ushahidi are at work on a number of concurrent efforts, one of those is the team working on the iPhone application: Joe Jones, Chris Blow and Wilfred Mworia. They have reached the stage where getting feedback from a larger audience would be extremely helpful.

Click on the image above to see a full resolution version of the screen mockups.

What we’re hoping you will do is …

Early this morning, David was interviewed by John Hockenberry and Adaora Udoji for The Takeaway radio show WNYC.

What if people living in conflict zones could predict where violence was going to break out? A small group of Kenyans created an early-warning tool that aims to do just this. The project is called Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili. Started in the aftermath of the violence that followed the Kenyan elections, the developers are …

Yesterday, Erik and I attended the Knight Batten Awards for Innovation in Journalism. The symposium was Sponsored by J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism – American University School of Communication. We were among a great group of Finalists, and were immensely honored to have the Ushahidi Project win an award.

It is our first glass plaque, and by our plaque, we mean the whole Ushahidi community. The project arose from the collaboration of …