[Guest Post: Tom Gillis is a software developer for Occupy.net and the NYCGA Tech Ops Working Group]

OccupyMap launched in November 2011, the night before the November 17 Day of Action. We got some impressive coverage in the technology press that morning and the site saw a fair amount of usage around NYC form both web submissions and people tweeting with the #occupymap hashtag. However, after that initial burst of …

We’re honoured to announce this week’s Deployment of the Week: Our Rio20! Well done Manu and team for mapping over 3000+ tweets about #thefuturewewant! Here’s a guest blog post from him:

[Guest post by Manu Kabahizi, creator of OurRio20 map. As an entrepreneur, researcher and self-taught technologist, he is a partner and Director of Business Development for AxIS, a mobile and web application firm based in Kigali, Rwanda. ]

[Guest blog post by Shehzaad Shams, co-founder of Bijoya crowdmap]

‘Bijoya’ means ‘Victory’ in Bangla language.  A ushahidi powered crowdmap called Bijoya was launched on the 16th December 2011 to coincide with the Victory Day of Bangladesh to see victory for women and girls in that country  against social evils such as dowry, rape, harassment, fatwa, eve teasing, acid throwing etc. Till now 208 reports had been published covering 476 locations in Bangladesh.

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Ushahidi Mailing list Changes

We are merging mailing lists to have two instead of many:

Community@list.ushahidi.com

Developers@list.ushahidi.com

The biggest change for this is with all the Ushahidi developer groups: Swiftriver, Mobile, designers and more. The main technical developer connection list is now – developers@list.ushahidi.com. This gives all technical community members a chance to learn and engage across the various tools. We hope you will join us. To sign …

At Ushahidi, we have interacted with various organizations around the world, and the key thing we remember from reaching out to some NGOs in Kenya is that we faced lots of resistance when we began in 2008, with organizations not willing to share data which was often in pdfs and not in machine readable format. This was especially problematic as we were crowdsourcing information about the events that happened that year in Kenya. Our partners …

When we think about maps and Ushahidi, it is often easy to get caught up in the technology. But, the biggest change is with the people who are deploying and building communities with Ushahidi. These brave souls are trying out new methods to tell map stories. Often, their efforts to break new ground in their communities and countries meet resistance. Some of the risks that they take to amplify issues of human rights, corruption, women’s …

Fort Chipewyan pic by Kris Krug used under CC licence

The initial question that guided Ushahidi was “What is the view from the ground” “What is going on wherever you are” “What are you witnessing” “How can people find information to help them or to be aware of near real time information?” Can we take all this information, share it and archive it online?

Fast forward to now. What are some of the questions …

As a policy we try to keep the community as informed as possible when major service disruptions occur. Last Friday, March 30, 2012, Ushahidi and Crowdmap experienced a period of extended downtime due to a combination of external factors occurring at our hosting provider’s data center.

Summary

Beginning at approximately 13:30 UTC, a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) was initiated against the pool of servers our web services are hosted on. Neither Ushahidi nor …

[Guest post: Manfred Elfstrom is a PhD student at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Mr. Elfstrom was responsible for China programming at the International Labor Rights Forum and was Campaigns Coordinator at China Labor Watch.]

A series of exposés of labor conditions at factories supplying Apple have put Chinese workers in the western media spotlight again. Amid the important conversations that have been restarted …