I had the chance to do a talk with Ivan Sigal, Executive Director of Global Voices, at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington DC this week. The talk was primarily about the paper that Ivan wrote, titled Digital Media in Conflict-Prone Societies, which should be out soon. I filled in as a representative of Ushahidi, a prototype of the way new media is being used in ways that challenge the status quo. …

Our friends at OpenStreetMap are embarking on a mapping endeavor that will create the first public digital map of Kibera. Mikel Maron of the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team will work with volunteers, techies, and other partners to train youth on current mapping techniques. Over a two week period in November, the team will then map out Kibera and put the information on OpenStreetMap.

This is an exciting …

David, Chris and I attended the International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM) this past weekend. It was the first time academics, governmental and nongovernmental agencies, software developers and people from the field have met under one roof to discuss crisis mapping. Everyone, about 70 in all, came together to discuss issues in an open forum ranging from the usefulness of tools, monitoring and evaluation to exciting new fields of research. …

The Ushahidi forums are becoming the place to go for help, insight and information on Ushahidi.

Recently, we had a question asking about how to add user authentication. After reading my response I realize that my answer on “user levels” might not be what the questioner is looking for… This is the beauty of a forum though, because it means we can communicate in a way that isn’t highly efficient, but does …

I’ve spent the last couple days holed up in a room in scenic Salzburg, Austria with 20 other people from both traditional journalism and new media backgrounds. Our goal: discuss strategies for more effective engagement and investment in “tomorrow’s media“. Having this mixture of “old school” journalism professionals mixed in with those of us who are only embedded in the blogging and social media fields, but with no classical training in journalism, …

We are delighted to share some wonderful news from our friends at Cuidemos El Voto, the project that tracked the Mexico elections this year. The group helped translate the Ushahidi platform into Spanish, to make it easier for deployment and adoption in the Spanish speaking world.

They have posted the code on Github where you can download the version they translated. They continue to help Ushahidi with deploying instances in Spanish …