Crowdsourcing Crisis Information and Citizen media

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Presentation by Juliana of Ushahidi.com. Some background on the mashup www.ushahidi.com, its genesis and the value of the citizen media community in times of crisis.

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Crowdsourcing Crisis Information and Citizen media

  1. 1. david kobia ory okolloh erik hersman juliana rotich
  2. 2. Crowd Sourcing Crisis Information Juliana Rotich [email_address] The role of Citizen Media in the Web of the Future
  3. 3. Kenya Elections 2007 Getting from here To here To here
  4. 4. President Mwai Kibaki incumbent Raila Odinga opposition
  5. 5. Media Blackout traditional media blogs/social media
  6. 6. Ory Okolloh kenyanpundit.com
  7. 7. Bahrain Land Rights (PDF) - http://elijahzarwan.net/blog/?p=268
  8. 8. Tunisia Prisons Map - http://kitab.nl/tunisianprisonersmap
  9. 9. Our Goals <ul><li>Create a way for everyday Kenyans to report incidents of violence that they saw </li></ul><ul><li>Create an archive of news and reports around those same events </li></ul><ul><li>Show where the majority of the violence was happening </li></ul>
  10. 12. Citizen Journalist’s Objectives - The question why do you blog? is instructive - Blogging as a way of dealing with events around you Reaching Globally - Why do people pay attention? *What is the number of dead at which “Compassion Fatigue” starts to occur? a) 40,000 b) 50 c) 2 d) 500,000 *(Wired Mag Jul 2008 pg 174) Paul Slovic: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=3751
  11. 14. Citizen media - Explores Nuances & provides context - Humanizes the crisis e.g Brian’s Story http://www.poynter.org/dg.lts/id.31/aid.135284/column.htm http://josephkaroki.wordpress.com/2008/02/11/found-alive- and-well/ http://www.mamamikes.com/blog/index.php?paged=3
  12. 15. Lessons Learned <ul><li>The importance of engaging Diaspora </li></ul><ul><li>How to Help - A question that we needed to answer early on. </li></ul><ul><li>Global Networks such as GV are invaluable during crisis situations </li></ul><ul><li>Value of Aggregation and social networks </li></ul>
  13. 16. Lessons Learned <ul><li>The importance of mapping accuracy </li></ul><ul><li>Data poisoning - what happens when your antagonist starts using it? </li></ul><ul><li>Verification is difficult </li></ul><ul><li>Clarify why it was created and make that inescapably obvious </li></ul><ul><li>Create a feedback loop to end users </li></ul>
  14. 17. Next Steps <ul><li>Developing Ushahidi version 2 + Pilot NGO partnership program </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile platform - collection, feedback loop </li></ul><ul><li>Ushahidi Community - The power of the crowds and Citizen journalists </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the question How can I help? mapping volunteer stations/opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Create a feedback loop to end users </li></ul>
  15. 18. Thank You Omolo, Kuria, Kimura, Nyokabi, Miaud, Edgerton, Monyo, Kimeria, Dsouza, Kangethe, Muthoni, Coseac, Barbieri, Patel, Jabbar, Mann, Warungongo, Wairimu, Juergen, Njoroge, Laurance, Wanja, Wambui, Romanos, Lutz, Popplewell , Walsh, Kamau, Gessner, Gichanga, Gray, Butler, Ndambuki, Herman, Nordlund, Amusala, Boit, Adamson, Karuoya, Rothmyer, Shelton, Krenceyova, Yodit, Desjarlais, Brea , Wekesa, Duffy, Gatuiria, Parekh, Zuckerman , Tuva, Good, Okolloh , Harakis, Mutai, Juliana, Sara, Bangura, Njoki, Shalom,Bentley, Weber, Krueger, Canning, Suetterlin, Forshaw, Sasaki , Kimeria, Kaniaru, Wandimi, Knight, Ligale, Mahihu, Mueller, Giraudo, Wakanene, Itotia, Ndambuki, Vincenti, Roper, Rife, Hanover, Shepard, Chieni-Cookson, Kendi, Muthoni, Magero, Mangunyu

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