Today it’s with great pleasure that we announce the release of the latest SwiftRiver build, v0.1.0 Apala. The new build marks the end of a 30 day sprint to add a whole host of functionality. The largest of these was rewriting the core data processing engine to be faster, more extensible and leaner (with fewer lines of code). Speaking of extensibility, this release includes two very important improvements to functionality: our API and Plugin …

Guest blog post: Fareed Zein is the Project Leader for the Sudan VoteMonitor project and Research Associate with the US-based Sudanese Institute for Research and Policy (SIRP). Email: contact@sudanvotemonitor.com.

Sudan VoteMonitor is the latest successful Ushahidi implementation in Africa. It is a pilot project led by the Sudan Institute for Research and Policy (SIRP) and Asmaa Society for Development, in collaboration with other Sudanese civil society organizations (CSO’s), and supported by …

This has been a month of “first times” for me. First time in the US, first time traveling on BA and AA and most of all, first time to attend a strategy meeting. Yes, I was at the Ushahidi Annual Strategy meeting in Miami, Florida. Apart from getting to the house(Villa Valentino) a day earlier and getting a bit stranded, the meeting was a huge success for me. First thing, I met all the team …

Thanks to Jon Shuler for helping us document our meeting in video and photos. Here’s a short that he put together with Juliana about our annual meeting last weekend that was facilitated by Allen Gunn of Aspiration Tech.

Annual Strategy Meeting II from Ushahidi on Vimeo.

What is Ushahidi?

Ushahidi is non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software for information collection, visualization and

The purpose of this post is to lay the groundwork for the development of an Ushahidi toolkit for election monitoring. The text below is thus meant as an invitation to chime in and share lessons learned in deploying Ushahidi for election monitoring. We plan to make this the first in a series of primers. Future posts in the series will focus on using Ushahidi for disaster response and human rights monitoring.

Getting Started

If you …

On April 15th at this year’s Twitter developer conference, Tim O’Reilly moderated a panel with Katie Stanton (White House Director of Citizen Participation), Anil Dash (Expert Labs), and Patrick Meier (Ushahidi) called “Twitter as a Force for Good”. They discussed how Twitter was an incredible platform for information gathering for emergency response organizations during the Haiti earthquakes. Other topics of conversation ranged from how the US government keeps up with the latest web technologies, …

I recently had the distinct pleasure of giving a Keynote on “Freedom of Speech 2.0″ at a conference on Human Rights and New Media in The Hague. I was very impressed with how the organizers of this superb conference managed to pull through in spite of the havoc caused by the volcano in Iceland. They took this an opportunity to demonstrate the application of new technologies to run part of the conference on Skype …

Sawako Sonoyama is a graduate student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). She and fellow student Diana Rodriguez have just returned from Chile as part of an Ushahidi-Chile field mission.

An 8.0-magnitude earthquake hit southern Chile on Feb. 27, just over a month before we traveled to the capital city, Santiago. Although weeks have passed and the immediate crisis has subsided, the earthquake still shakes the daily …