Citizens Net: Crowd-sourcing human rights violations?

The Sunday Leader recently reported on a new, unique initiative by the Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies (CHA) in Sri Lanka to gather information on human rights violations. Called Citizens Net, the news report notes that it is open to logging "issues regarding gender-based violence, the rights of children, the elderly and the disabled." However, there … Continue reading Citizens Net: Crowd-sourcing human rights violations?

The arrest of the ‘blogger’ in Sri Lanka: Crowd-sourcing trumps traditional media follow up

Ayubowan, a blog I didn't know of before, helpfully posted a screen grab of a post from Gossip Lanka, a blog I also didn't know of before, on the recent arrest of a 'blogger' in Sri Lanka that had many concerned. Gossip Lanka's post is in Sinhala and doesn't render at all on my Mac, … Continue reading The arrest of the ‘blogger’ in Sri Lanka: Crowd-sourcing trumps traditional media follow up

The pros and cons of crowdsourcing election monitoring

MobileActive.org's Katrin Verclas has a great article looking at the pros and cons of crowdsourcing election monitoring, based on the experience of Lebanon recently.  I agree that crowdsourcing anything leaves much to be desired in terms of accuracy and information fit to feed into critical decision support processes. This is why the ICT4Peace Foundation is … Continue reading The pros and cons of crowdsourcing election monitoring

The future of journalism – Pros and Cons by Keith Hammonds

Keith Hammonds from the Ashoka Foundation has an interesting guest post on DigiDave on how new technologies are changing the way we consume, produce and disseminate news. As he correctly cautions and points out, Only now, we’re appointing new agents of trust – professional colleagues, friends, friends of friends, whomever we’ve decided to follow on … Continue reading The future of journalism – Pros and Cons by Keith Hammonds

Cutting through crowdsourcing

Paul Currion has a very interesting post that cuts through a whole lot of codswallop on the potential of crowsourcing in disasters. His pointed post refers to two by Patrick Meier, entitled Internews, Ushahidi and communication in crisis and Ushahidi: From Croudsourcing to Crowdfeeding I consider both to be significant thought-leaders in the domains of humanitarian … Continue reading Cutting through crowdsourcing