[Guest blog post by Alex Mayyasi, a graduate of Stanford University's International Relations program, class of 2011, living in Cairo, Egypt. Alex interned with the Development and Institutionalization Support Center during Egypt's 2011-2012 parliamentary elections]

On November 28, 2011, elections began in Egypt as part of the political transition plan overseen by Egypt’s Supreme Council of Armed Forces. The full plan calls for elections for the People’s Assembly, followed by elections for the Shura Council, a …

[Cross-posted from Erkin Kasybekov's post on http://EuropeAndCIS.UNDP.org]

The world was shocked to learn about Kyrgyzstan’s second revolution within five years. The country’s anger resulted in the ousting of two presidents, and the 2010 revolution was followed by interethnic violence in the south of the country – making 2010 a challenging year. Some doubted whether Kyrgyzstan could remain independent and sovereign.

At the time, UNDP sent experts to the country to assess the …

[Guest post: Cam Macdonell is an Instructor of Computer Science at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB. He completed his PhD from the University of Alberta in 2011 and began teaching at Grant MacEwan in September, 2011.]

In September, I began teaching my first upper-level University course at Grant MacEwan University. Having taken some (and heard about some other) lack-lustre undergrad Software Engineering courses, I really wanted to make this course practical, …

[Guest Blog post by Ryan Lanclos, ESRI, originally appeared on the ESRI Site.]

This week several members of our team attended the 3rd International Conference of Crisis Mappers (ICCM) that was held in Geneva, Switzerland and we were blown away by the turn out (Follow #ICCM on Twitter). This community has grown substantially over the last 3 years – when we attended the first conference held in Cleveland, Ohio back in 2009 …

[Cross-posted from Patrick Meier's blog iRevolution]

World Bank Managing Director Caroline Anstey recently announced a new partnership with Google that will apparently empower citizen cartographers in 150 countries worldwide. This has provoked some concern among open source enthusiasts. Under this new agreement, the Bank, UN agencies and developing country governments will be able to “access Google Map Maker’s global mapping platform, allowing the collection, viewing, search and …

[Guest blog post by Syrian activist, author identity withheld for security reasons]

Syria Tracker was launched on April 23, 2011 and has been able to log aggregate or individual reports since March 18, 2011 [accessed January 9, 2012], including 550 reports for the category “Killed (قُتِل)” and 356 reports for the category “Missing-مفقود or Detained-مُعتقل”. A total of 6,317 individuals killed over 286 days (March 18, 2011 thru January 8, 2012) were documented and …

It’s been two years today since Haiti’s devastating earthquake… here’s a blog post from then on the power of crowdsourcing in crisis response.

Cross-posted from iRevolution.net

It’s been two weeks since I called David Kobia to launch Ushahidi’s crisis mapping platform in Haiti. I could probably write 100 blog posts on the high’s and low’s of the past 14 days. Perhaps there will more time be next month to …

[Guest post by Galya Ruffer, J.D., Ph.D., Director, Center for Forced Migration Studies at the Buffet Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Galya lead a team deployment for the recent Democratic Republic of Congo.]

On November 28th, 2011 crowds assembled at 62,000 polling stations to elect DR Congo’s fifth president in the country’s first independently administered presidential elections since independence in 1960.

Polling Station in Bukavu, Ibanda Commune

Getting off to …

[Cross-posted from the SBTF Blog. Guest blog post by Andrej Verity. Andrej is an Information Management Officer at UN-OCHA in Geneva with a focus on both leading OCHA's collaboration with the Volunteer & Technical Communities and supporting OCHA's information management staff around the world. In 2010, Andrej deployed to both the Haiti earthquake and the Pakistan floods. In March 2011, Andrej lead OCHA's collaboration with the Standby Task Force in creating the Libya Crisis Map. Later that month, …

We are honoured to recommend John Etherton as an Ushahidi Trusted Developer. In addition to being the technical brains behind Ushahidi Liberia, he is a passionate and prolific contributor within Ushahidi Developer community. John often shares his knowledge with new deployers and community members. When we launched Tunis 2.1, John joined our Ushahidi SWAT team to dig into Quality Assurance (QA) testing and add bug fixes.