Deployment of the week

We applaud the efforts of Foodsync.org, utilizing the power of technology to reduce waste and connect surplus food to the hungry by mapping out food donations from participating vendors and delivery of these donations to organizations in the US.

Tech Tools for Emergencies

The recent terrorist attacks in Nairobi shook all of us to the core. Thankfuly, all members of the Ushahidi Kenya team and their families are safe. …

(Guest post, cross posted from Citizen Lab blog. The Author,Jennie Phillips is a PhD student working with the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the development of crisis resilience with high-risk civil society groups promoting human rights freedoms online in a virtual, networked setting. With an MA in Education Technology, she has experience in Emergency Management, training and technology with the federal government, private, non-profit and her company ellips …

[This post originally appeared on the Respublica blog, a UK-based thinktank. Guest blog post by Catherine Dempsey, PhD candidate at King's College London, researching innovative uses of technology in community-led conflict prevention - @catherinedem]

Our collective breath was taken away by the bravery of the women who guarded Lee Rigby’s body, the soldier murdered in Woolwich, London on 22nd May, especially Ingrid Loyau-Kennett who engaged directly with the killers, …

It’s that time again when the Ushahidi ninjas package what they have been working on – 2.7 version of the platform. This release is dubbed Bamako!! It is quite a huge one with many changes including some security fixes. (We name all our software releases after cities in Africa.)

Crowdmap Classic users – your deployments have been updated. Brian, Evan and a thousand running hamsters have upgraded all your deployments.

IMPORTANT TWITTER UPDATES FOR ALL …

We have an important Security release and minor code fix for 2.6. The release number is 2.6.1.

Security updates: Vulnerability: Forgotten password challenge guessable.

Fixes security issue discovered by Timothy D. Morgan. (Thank you).

Forgotten password challenges were guessable based on users last login and email address. Tokens are now generated based on a HMAC of login time and email address using a salt and secret key specifically for these tokens.

Instructions:

This vulnerability can …

On Crowdmap.com, we use SSL encryption to make sure that data being passed between your machine and our servers aren’t able to be easily intercepted by third parties. This is automatically supported by your browser and you don’t have to do anything to turn it on.

Unfortunately, verified SSL certificates aren’t free and must be renewed periodically. About 37 hours prior to this blog post, the certificate we purchased for Crowdmap lapsed and we missed …

First off, our apologies for not releasing this version in June, but it is due to the quantity and quality of change it ships with hence more time was required on the quality assurance end. Its in this regard 2.5 is being released in August and so the other versions shift respectively.

Well, there has been lots of activity in the Ushahidi kitchen for the last one and a half months. Knives have been sharpened, …