The Cuidemos el Voto mashup is an independent platform to help monitor the federal elections of 5 July 2009 in Mexico. The information collected is generated from text messages (SMS# 5532690062), emails, twitter, and reports, then aggregated onto the mapping. The main objective of the project is to report incidents and irregularities in the electoral process that determines the Federal Criminal Code and Federal Code of Electoral Institutions and Procedures. The will also couple citizen …

Ushahidi is extremely excited to be one of the Knight News Challenge Winners for 2009!

We have received a grant in the amount of $70,000 to allow us to focus on testing and building partnerships in Kenya, where the idea of Ushahidi was born.

We at Ushahidi have undertaken to maintain a special commitment to Kenya, not just because of the origins of Ushahidi but also because we believe our long-term …

Clay Shirky is one of my favorite authors and speakers. As always, he puts together a “must watch” presentation for anyone dealing with social media and the democratization of information. Today his latest TED Talk on social media, which was given at the US State Department last month, was pushed live.

In it Clay talks about the way that patterns for technology use are being transferred from places like Africa. He uses …

Last friday, I had the pleasure to represent Ushahidi at the 1% Club Event in Amsterdam, where I ran a workshop with Hajo Van Beijma of TextToChange. During the workshop we presented our projects and discussed with the participants how mobiles and platforms such as Ushahidi can be used for activism.

The 1%Club is an organization of people who believe in setting aside 1% of their income and time to work on a …

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Over the last few months, the Ushahidi technical team has been focused mainly on the release beta version and on building out Swift.   We have also been working closely with a select group of testers to figure out to make implementations easier, to address bugs that have come up, and to build a tool that remains simple but yet adaptable to a myriad of events.

When we …

It’s so great to see the Ushahidi name becoming known and spoken about by people beyond the core team. Here I relate a story from a new aid worker in Tanzania that I met up with in Nairobi before she left for Tanzania last week and happened to give an Ushahidi t-shirt to:

So last night I am walking along the road in Dar es Salaam, cooling down after an evening run. A man …

Sharek961 launched today, it is the culmination of work by the civic organization Sharek961, with support from eMoksha, Meedan, Social Media Exchange and other volunteers. The site utilizes the Ushahidi platform, and incorporates the backend enhancements that were made to VoteReport.in. Sharek961′s goal is to get citizen reports about the elections which will be held on the 7th of June.
As always, there are four ways for reports …