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Guest blog post by Amel Fahmy, Co-Founder of Harassmap, Principle Investigator of “Towards a Safer City. Sexual Harassment in Greater Cairo: Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Data.”

HarassMap was launched in 2010 with a mission to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment. HarassMap argues that, regardless of other factors, the ultimate reason sexual harassment exists is that people do not speak up to end its social acceptability. The initiative was the first to …

Post by Ken Banks, Innovation Strategy and Fellowships Director
Ushahidi / Making All Voices Count

Civil society organisations working on the frontlines of governance and accountability issues across much of the developing world are often the first to spot an opportunity for innovation. After all, they live and breathe the problem day-to-day, and have often faced it personally, making them – more often than not – the best people to find the best …

Since joining Ushahidi in the beginning of last month, I have been working exclusively on the design and front-end code of Version 3 of the Ushahidi Platform. When V3 is finished, it will have six years worth of improvements, including increased functionality and a shiny responsive design.

The Ushahidi Platform’s greatest strength is also what creates the most challenges for its design — flexibility. Data can be displayed on maps, graphs, as lists, …

Guest blog post by Hend Alhinnawi & Taha Kass-Hout, Humanitarian Tracker (Full blogger bios following the post)

This is the story of the Syrian conflict, as told by its citizens living within its borders.

In early Spring 2011, protests were spreading and reports of unrest in Syria made headlines. However, with the absence of local and international media coverage, it was difficult to understand the situation and what was happening. Enter Syria

Ushahidi’s new Resilience Network Initiative (RNI) connects city governments and citizens with technology that makes it easier for individuals, community-based organizations, and government to exchange information about stresses and shocks they encounter and existing capacities for response. Well-placed technology supports strong social networks, enabling these populations to respond easily and share significantly better information, holistically increasing the effectiveness and capacity for response within each city. RNI helps identify key stakeholders, deploys …

Blog post by Nathaniel Manning

 

In late October Ushahidi invited our partners from around the globe to Nairobi to meet and look back at last seven years and then think about the years to come. We spent two days visiting organizations that had utilized Ushahidi software, schools in Nairobi slums empowering their students with access to the web through BRCK, and huddled in the iHub talking with the community of technologists and entrepreneurs that …

We are happy to announce another release of SMSsync complete with bug fixes and code improvements. We want to encourage you upgrade to this version as it fixes several key issues, especially with Task Checking and Message Result API features.

Here is what’s new and improved in this release:

Features …