I had the rare privilege of being tested for Ebola last week (short story: blood poisoning, near death, asked where my office was, said Kenya, drips, intensive care, recovering fine etc), and have been looking today at designs for upcoming V3 features to help improve service provision (monitoring poverty levels, rural water, electricity etc).  And it struck me in juxtaposing these, that when we talk about poverty and services, we talk so much

8th Continent Conference Circuit: A post from our Open News Fellow, Aurelia Moser

About 8 months ago, I joined Ushahidi as an Open News Fellow, splitting my time between Mozilla, Internews Kenya, and Ushahidi-proper. I unofficially joined the team just after the Westgate attack, to contribute to an organization often operating in crisis, building some pioneering and prolific soft/hardware projects in response to that crisis context, and thereby contributing to the global crisis-aid …

I’ve been on and off the road since the end of June, it’s nearing the end of July, I’m not going to lie, the adventure has been unbelievably amazing, but I am excited for a hot water shower and the comfort of my own bed! The past two weeks have been a whirlwind. I’ve been in seven different airports, six different countries, and three different continents. I’ve miraculously avoided getting sick, and

The excitement around big data for social good is palpable, and its capacity for change is enormous. However, in order to realize this capacity the humanitarian community needs to embrace a fundamental shift in the relationship between data and crisis.

Insights from massive datasets have revolutionized economics, marketing, transportation, and other for-profit industries, but crisis data gathering and analysis remains as fractured and chaotic as the disrupted communities it attempts to serve. Collecting information about …