The Ushahidi Story<br />patrick@ushahidi.com | twitter @patrickmeier<br />
The Technology<br />
Check-in’s with<br />a purpose<br />
Examples<br />
Libya<br />
OCHA Colombia<br />
CrisisMappers<br />
.net screenshot<br />
Members map? Screenshot?<br />
join@standbytaskforce.com<br />
Thank You<br />patrick@ushahidi.com<br />
Some Reflections<br />
Don’t get too jazzed up!<br />Ushahidi is only 10% of the solution<br />
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  • So Andrew very kindly invited Josh and I to share with you a story that has the potential to change the face of humanitarian response. This story actually begins in Kenya.
  • during the post election violence 3 years ago. The government denied how widespread the violence was. International organizations that had a mandate to monitor the elections were refusing to share information. The mainstream media couldn’t be everywhere at the same time and could not report on all the killing and massive human rights abuses. But the crowd is always there.
  • So 4 Kenyan friends launched Ushahidi—which means witness in Swahili-- to crowdsource the reporting of human rights abuses across Kenya. They set up a dedicated SMS number so that Kenyans could text in reports on human rights violations. By doing so, the crowd was able to document human rights violations that would otherwise have gone completely undocumented.Ushahidi means witness in Swahili So Ory, Erik, David and Juliana launched Ushahidi within a matter of days. Ushahidi means witness in Swahili and the platform allowed individual Kenyans to send in reports of human rights abuses via SMS. By crowdsourcing crisis information,
  • Ushahidi is a free and open source platform from Africa which allows individuals to collaborate in producing live maps of the world around them. We’ve designed Ushahidi so that there is no one single point of failure when reporting to the map. Users can use SMS, voicemail, email, Twitter, dedicated smart phone apps, web-based forms, pictures, video footage and soon Facebook and Skype as well to submit information to the map.
  • Ushahidi is a free and open source platform from Africa which allows individuals to collaborate in producing live maps of the world around them. We’ve designed Ushahidi so that there is no one single point of failure when reporting to the map. Users can use SMS, voicemail, email, Twitter, dedicated smart phone apps, web-based forms, pictures, video footage and soon Facebook and Skype as well to submit information to the map.
  • Ushahidi is a free and open source platform from Africa which allows individuals to collaborate in producing live maps of the world around them. We’ve designed Ushahidi so that there is no one single point of failure when reporting to the map. Users can use SMS, voicemail, email, Twitter, dedicated smart phone apps, web-based forms, pictures, video footage and soon Facebook and Skype as well to submit information to the map.
  • Ushahidi is a free and open source platform from Africa which allows individuals to collaborate in producing live maps of the world around them. We’ve designed Ushahidi so that there is no one single point of failure when reporting to the map. Users can use SMS, voicemail, email, Twitter, dedicated smart phone apps, web-based forms, pictures, video footage and soon Facebook and Skype as well to submit information to the map.
  • Ushahidi is a free and open source platform from Africa which allows individuals to collaborate in producing live maps of the world around them. We’ve designed Ushahidi so that there is no one single point of failure when reporting to the map. Users can use SMS, voicemail, email, Twitter, dedicated smart phone apps, web-based forms, pictures, video footage and soon Facebook and Skype as well to submit information to the map.
  • Ushahidi is a free and open source platform from Africa which allows individuals to collaborate in producing live maps of the world around them. We’ve designed Ushahidi so that there is no one single point of failure when reporting to the map. Users can use SMS, voicemail, email, Twitter, dedicated smart phone apps, web-based forms, pictures, video footage and soon Facebook and Skype as well to submit information to the map.
  • Ushahidi is a free and open source platform from Africa which allows individuals to collaborate in producing live maps of the world around them. We’ve designed Ushahidi so that there is no one single point of failure when reporting to the map. Users can use SMS, voicemail, email, Twitter, dedicated smart phone apps, web-based forms, pictures, video footage and soon Facebook and Skype as well to submit information to the map.
  • Within a couple days, the number of reports on Haiti surged across the information ecosystem and we simply couldn’t keep up with all the information coming in.
  • Which is exactly what happened in the Sudan when Sudanese civil society groups used Ushahidi to monitor the elections that took place just two weeks ago. The site was actually blocked by the Sudanese government for 48 hours. So our Sudanese colleagues got help from their tech-savvy friends to circumvent the censorship and continue mapping election irregularities. I expect that repressive regimes may eventually give up on blocking websites given the likely futility. Instead, they may try to game the platforms by falsifying crowdsourced information.
  • Ushahidi Presentation for UN IASC

    1. 1. The Ushahidi Story<br />patrick@ushahidi.com | twitter @patrickmeier<br />
    2. 2.
    3. 3.
    4. 4. The Technology<br />
    5. 5.
    6. 6.
    7. 7.
    8. 8.
    9. 9.
    10. 10.
    11. 11.
    12. 12.
    13. 13.
    14. 14.
    15. 15.
    16. 16.
    17. 17. Check-in’s with<br />a purpose<br />
    18. 18.
    19. 19.
    20. 20. Examples<br />
    21. 21. Libya<br />
    22. 22.
    23. 23.
    24. 24.
    25. 25.
    26. 26.
    27. 27.
    28. 28. OCHA Colombia<br />
    29. 29.
    30. 30.
    31. 31.
    32. 32.
    33. 33.
    34. 34.
    35. 35.
    36. 36.
    37. 37.
    38. 38.
    39. 39.
    40. 40.
    41. 41.
    42. 42.
    43. 43. CrisisMappers<br />
    44. 44. .net screenshot<br />
    45. 45. Members map? Screenshot?<br />
    46. 46. join@standbytaskforce.com<br />
    47. 47. Thank You<br />patrick@ushahidi.com<br />
    48. 48.
    49. 49.
    50. 50.
    51. 51.
    52. 52.
    53. 53. Some Reflections<br />
    54. 54. Don’t get too jazzed up!<br />Ushahidi is only 10% of the solution<br />
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