** From November 17th Press Release:
Sacramento, CA, USA
- Survivors Connect is happy to announce the launch of a new project called Connection GeoMap! Connection GeoMap seeks to create a space to share critical information about trafficking and anti-trafficking activities, promote transparency, engage communities and learn best practices, current challenges and needs in the global effort to fight modern-day slavery.

Connection GeoMap is powered by a path-breaking open-source project called …

I distinctly remember the first time I heard of Ushahidi. It wasn’t while visiting my family in Nairobi amidst the tragic election-violence but rather a week later and on the opposite side of the planet.

I was in Dili, Timor-Leste, working with a local NGO to set up a community-based conflict early warning system funded by the International Forum for Election Systems (IFES). The latter had supported the deployment of an election-violence monitoring …

I have to admit that when we began developing Ushahidi as an open source platform, I was a little skeptical about how far that would go driven by the power of volunteer (unpaid) programmers. It’s a little nerve wracking sitting around waiting for interested programmers to start contributing to something driven mostly by passion and intangible rewards. There’s also the question of whether the open source initiative would attract competent people and continue to thrive …

Threatened Voices is an interactive mapping project to build a database of bloggers who have been threatened, arrested or killed for speaking out online and to draw attention to the campaigns to free them. The global voices community is  a champion for free speech and online expression around the world, and this new initiative is a continuation of the work on Global Voices Advocacy (#advox), led by Sami Ben

QuestionBox is a project that allows offline people in emerging markets to ask questions and get answers. It’s an analog solution for those who don’t have their own digitally connected data devices. Open Question is a free and open source software application used for the purposes of collecting and disseminating information via phone in extreme environments. It’s being launched today, in conjunction with TEDIndia, where founder Rose Shuman is presenting. …

I’m really (REALLY) excited today. Today I get to announce that two amazing individuals who have been long-time Ushahidi community members are joining the team to help with areas that we have a great need for their expertise in.

First though, a big thank you to the Cisco Foundation. Through their generous grant, we have been able to focus on developing certain features into the Ushahidi application, many of which require the expertise …

I’m a big fan of MAKE magazine, and as a web addict, I’m also always keen on finding ways to maintain connectivity. IN their recent issue, they have an “internet emergency kit” put together by NetHope. However, wearing my Ushahidi hat it becomes even more important to think of ways of maintaining internet access during emergencies. It’s possible to setup your laptop as the SMS gateway using FrontlineSMS. You can sync that …