Last week, i travelled to Nigeria for a meeting with NGO’s (McArthur Foundation grantees), the uber-blogger, Ushahidi Advisor, and Berkman Center Fellow Ethan Zuckerman, Colin Maclay of the Berkman Center, John Bracken of MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Michael Best of Georgia Tech, Eric Osiakwan of Afrispa and many distinguished speakers. This was part of a symposium organized by Georgia Tech, The Berkman Center at Harvard University and The Digital Bridge Institute.

The most recent edition of Participatory Learning and Action journal has been posted online and all articles are available for free. The theme is – Change at hand: Web 2.0 for development.

Here’s a summary:

Web 2.0 tools and approaches are radically changing the ways we create, share, collaborate and publish digital information through the Internet. Participatory Web 2.0 for development – or Web2forDev for short – is a way of …

What are the determinants that a social media campaign during a period of political unrest will be effective?

After watching a video debate (which started off talking about cyber war, then ventured into broader discussions around the use and viability of social media during a political emergency), between Ethan Zuckerman and Evgeny Morozov, it made me think of the current book I’m reading (Wars, Guns & Votes by Paul Collier). In …

Over the last few months, the team at Ushahidi has been pleasantly surprised by all the innovative uses of Ushahidi that are popping up globally. Stop Stockouts is one of them.

Stop Stock-Outs is a campaign to ensure access to essential medicines by using Ushahidi and Frontline SMS to map the availability of essential medicines at public health facilities in several African countries. These are medicines used to treat common diseases such …