On behalf of Ushahidi’s board of directors, team and community; I am delighted to announce that Ushahidi is a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Award for  Creative and Effective Institutions. This award comes at an apropos time as we celebrate our 5 year anniversary. It is a nod to the work of the organization and community to be recognized and awarded considering that its been a long journey from an ad hoc group …

Photo By: Jonathan Kalan

 

Hate speech has garnered growing interest in Kenya since the 2007/8 Post Election Violence, in which it seems to have played a role, and because it has been rising again in certain contexts – online for example – in the period leading to our next presidential elections in just over two weeks.

In response to this, Umati has conducted a unique, first-ever project to:

1) monitor the Kenyan …

On 19th Feb 2013, local community working groups convened once more at the iHub to charter next steps in the lead up to the Kenyan general elections.

Local Working group members hard at work

We, (the Ushahidi Team) cannot thank those who attended enough for being a part of Team Uchaguzi. Your presence at the working group session on Tuesday was (and still is) greatly appreciated.

To recap, we had four working group …

[Dispute Monitor is Deployment of the Week. This is a guest post by Helena Puig Larrauri. Helena is a peacebuilding practitioner, focusing on the use of technology to promote peace and prevent conflict. The original post is on Let them Talk.]

Mercy Corps has recently embarked on a strategy to introduce mapping tools to its conflict management and protection programs around the globe – from Iraq to Kenya to Nepal. Rather than develop …

We’ve been deep in Kenyan deployment planning and owe you many updates from the Community around the world. Weekly Updates will start again next week. We’ve got some great events happening, a few Deployments of the Week and news about Ushahidi 3.0.

Upcoming Ushahidi events

Brandon Rosage is joining the SXTXState Project team in Austin, Texas on Saturday, February 23, 2013. They’ll be hacking on Ushahidi. Register for the Austin, TX event. …

            [guest post by Dave Goodsmith, founder of Scale Analytics]
As Mali’s conflict deepens, hundreds of thousands of Malians are now refugees and in dire need of long-term humanitarian assistance. Furthermore, compounding the near-permanent lack of food, water and healthcare for the displaced, there are hundreds of cases of rape, torture and other crimes against humanity as part of the ongoing conflict.

In 2013, there are …

Colour us happy! The latest and shiny version of FrontlineSMS v. 2.2.1 is now compatible with Ushahidi. FrontlineSMS launched their latest version in January. Congratulations to their amazing team!

Ushahidi’s roots are in connecting maps to SMS. So, celebrating means also digging into documentation to make it easier for you to use FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi together.

Documentation

The full updated docs are available on the Ushahidi wiki. Thanks Rob for making our draft …

As you approach a major milestone in life someone usually asks, “What would you have done differently if you knew then what you know today?” Many times this is nothing more than just a curious exercise of dreaming sandwiched between reminiscing and planning.

As we celebrated Ushahidi’s 5th birthday we asked ourselves, what would we have done then if we knew what we know today? As one of the positive stories to emerge out …

Ushahidi is 5 years old.


[The map above represents all of the reports on Crowdmap, visualized from 2010 until now.]

What started as an ad hoc group of bloggers and technologists scrambling to make sense of the madness that our country was falling into has become a global organization and platform. There was no way we could foresee what would happened in the intervening years.

Five years ago we built Ushahidi. …