Sahana in Haiti: More rigour, less marketing needed

The Sahana Free and Open Source Disaster Management System in Haiti by Chamindra de Silva and Mark Prustalis appears in ICTD Case Study 2: ICT for Disaster Risk Reduction published UN-APCICT/ESCAP. Though more than half of the essay is a generic description of Sahana, Section 6 onwards deals with the deployment of Sahana in Haiti … Continue reading Sahana in Haiti: More rigour, less marketing needed

Google Latitude for human rights activists

I've written about Google Latitude earlier on this blog. What dedicated GPS devices like a Garmin did in the past, most mobile phones can now do out of the box. Location mapping is a new dimension in web services, and while platforms like Ushahidi are in the limelight for using location data via mobile phone to, … Continue reading Google Latitude for human rights activists

Meeting Ushahidi’s Juliana Rotich

After nearly 2 years of email contact, I had the pleasure of meeting in person and for the first time, Ushahidi's co-founder and TED Fellow Juliana Rotich in Geneva last week. Disarmingly charming and with a deliciously wicked sense of humour, we talked about the more interesting requests Ushahidi has received to use its platform … Continue reading Meeting Ushahidi’s Juliana Rotich

Haiti and the perennial challenge of information lock-in

Erik Hersman from Ushahidi makes the following pertinent observation, amongst others, in a recent blog post on the Ushahidi Situation Room for Haiti. “Decision-makers on the ground still do not have access to accurate, real-time data. That may be because of firewalls, lack of bandwidth, people are unaware these resources exist, the command structure of … Continue reading Haiti and the perennial challenge of information lock-in

Ushahidi’s Goma release incorporates features from ICT4Peace Foundation’s crisis information management prototype

Ushahidi's launched a major new update to their platform called Goma. I'm looking forward to downloading their new thin client mobile apps. Their J2ME app does not yet support the Blackberry Bold, so I'm going to download the Windows Mobile version of it on a Samsung i780 later today. I was very pleased to see … Continue reading Ushahidi’s Goma release incorporates features from ICT4Peace Foundation’s crisis information management prototype

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

Mapping violence during elections and voter education

This is not the first time I've helped plot violence related to elections in Sri Lanka. In my first post I noted that the map helped journalists better understand the degree of violence on the ground. Things are no better in the lead-up to the Western Provincial Council elections. Just like previous maps, this map … Continue reading Mapping violence during elections and voter education