Election monitoring in austere contexts using ICTs

The following note was penned to the co-ordinator of the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), who asked me to go into some detail around the information security, gathering, archival and dissemination strategies I conceptualised and deployed around the historic Presidential Eleection in Sri Lanka, held on 8th January 2015. CMEV’s information operations are a … Continue reading Election monitoring in austere contexts using ICTs

An election monitoring SMS template

I was speaking with David Kobia from Ushahidi today and remembered that my post on election monitoring in Sri Lanka (Election monitoring using new media: Notes from my experience in Sri Lanka) had forgotten to mention the SMS template that I had developed for election monitoring in Sri Lanka. The template can be seen here. It … Continue reading An election monitoring SMS template

Election monitoring using new media: Notes from my experience in Sri Lanka

Ushahidi's blog has a great post on the development of a tech toolbox for election monitoring. Unsurprisingly, it is anchored to the use of Ushahidi as a platform for election monitoring, which has been used quite effectively in India amongst other places. Through the Centre for Monitoring Election Violence (CMEV), I introduced Web 2.0 and … Continue reading Election monitoring using new media: Notes from my experience in Sri Lanka

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