An efficient media is essential in creating, building, maintaining and sustaining good governance and protection of human rights. The Ushahidi web based reporting system is formulaically an efficient media, as long as all key ingredients are present. Most conflict in the DRC has occurred in the North Kivu province. In recent months, fighting has spread to the northeast province of Orientale. Lack of internet access in Orientale is hindering humanitarian, international media, national media and …

Zimbabwe's 50 billion Dollar bill

That’s Zimbabwe’s newest massively inflated 50 billion Dollar bill. The Foreign Policy blog has a take on it that I find compelling and challenging for us at Ushahidi. This incredible inflation is leading companies, like mobile phone carriers, to start charging in US Dollars instead of the local trash money.

“Now, mobile phone companies will start charging customers in dollars in hopes of avoiding the burn …

This week, Jan 9th, marks the one year anniversary of Ushahidi being deployed in Kenya. It’s been a crazy, challenging and fulfilling year for all of us involved, and it’s success is in no small part due to you and your belief in what we’re doing and what Ushahidi represents.

Our goal is to decrease the impact of crisis. To democratize information, specifically in crisis and disaster situations. To create a platform, developed …

It’s an exciting week here at Ushahidi. We’d like to officially welcome Henry Addo (@eyedol on Twitter) from Ghana as the newest, and first, full-time member of the Ushahidi team!

As of this week, Henry will be working on Ushahidi as one of the core architecture and development team members. As part of the volunteer development community that works on Ushahidi, he has already created the Ushahidi Android app, and is now …

First: Happy New Year!!

As the development of Ushahidi moves forward towards Beta testing, we would like to gather feedback from external users of Ushahidi – this is one critical component of feedback that we have not been able to capture yet, and we hope to get some idea of how users are using the tool. Our tag line is ‘Crowdsourcing Crisis Information’ and this survey gives us some information about the all important ‘crowd’ …