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Limo Taboi, Ushahidi, NOW is Digital 2011


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  • With what functionality do we do this?
  • ALJazeera did not have to start from scratch to track the war in Gaza. They added the twitter integration, which became helpful for including technology from TwitterReport that was used in the US elections.
  • VoteReport did not have to start from scratch, they could build on what was improved by AlJazeera, and the partnerships formed with Emoksha, Meedan and other in that initiative inform the just launched Sharek961 in Lebanon
  • Elections in Mexico July 5th 2009 - Oscar Salazar


  • 1. crowdsourcing crisis information
  • 2. (c)Yasuyoshi Chiba
  • 3. Our Goals
    • Create a way for everyday Kenyans to report incidents of violence that they saw using the tools they had (mobile phones)
    • Create an archive of news and reports around those same events
    • Show where the majority of the violence was happening
  • 4. Protesters gathered in groups and attempted to walk into the town centre; police fired live shots and tear gas canisters to disperse them. Three protesters were seriously injured and one shot dead. Police battled youths who set fire to roadblocks; the police shot indiscriminately, “targeting anyone on sight”; one man was shot in the stomach as he stood in front of his house. A 13-year old boy was laid to rest next to his uncle´s house; the burial was attended by hundreds of residents who wailed and lit up bonfires. January 17
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    • “ User-generated content, on average, is a lot less interesting than professional content. But there are a lot more people creating their own content for fun than those doing so for a living, and in aggregate, that content is at least as interesting.”
            • - Ethan Zuckerman
  • 7. UshahidiHistorical Benchmarks Apr 2008 – Deployed Ushahidi to South Africa May 2008 – Won the NetSquared mashup challenge June 2008 - Began gathering developers for the open source rebuild Sep 2008 - We get a new website Sep 2008 – Featured in Technoloy Review magazine Aug 2008 - Integration with FrontlineSMS and iPhone application designed July 2008 – Receive initial funding from Humanity United July 2008 - Ushahidi v2 development starts July 2008 – Started the CrisisMappers group Jan 2008 - Initial deployment in the Kenya crisis
  • 8. UshahidiHistorical Benchmarks Nov 2008 – Founding member of the Open Mobile Consortium Nov 2008 – Deployed alpha version into DR Congo Nov 2008 – Translation features launched May 2009 – MacArthur Funds Ushahidi Dec 2008 - Top 3 USAID mobile challenge finalist Dec 2008 – Won a WeMedia GameChangers Award Dec 2008 – Featured in Forbes magazine and the BBC print/radio/TV Nov 2008 - PeaceHeroes uses Ushahidi to find people who helped do positive things during and after the post-election violence in Kenya Oct 2008 - Launched our alpha software, Ushahidi Engine v0.1 (“eldoret”)
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  • 12. Map Timeline SMS Alerts RSS Email Output Methods Ushahidi Crisis Mapping Engine News Media Citizen Generated NGO data Government Public APIs Flickr YouTube Twitter Data Types Input Methods SMS Email Web form API RSS MMS twitter Direct input
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  • 16. 2 Hours after the earthquake
  • 17. 4 Hours after the earthquake
  • 18. 1 week after the earthquake
  • 19. “ The technology community has set up interactive maps to help us identify needs and target resources. ” 10 days after the earthquake
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  • 21. if it works in Africa, it will work anywhere
  • 22. the default device
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  • 24. Lessons
    • Mapping accuracy and value of geo-location
    • Data poisoning - Antagonists using the tool
    • Verification with hyperlocal + NGO’s
    • Create a feedback loop - SMS & RSS alerts to mobiles and emails
    • Offline , online and mobile strategy
    • 10% ….
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  • 26. Way Forward...
    • Growing the community & partners that supports Ushahidi – ON, Hivos
    • Tech features & Dev.
    • Team in 9 time zones (soon to be 16).
    • Improving features in the Core, SwiftRiver , Mobile and Crowdmap
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  • 28. Ushahidi Swift river Check-ins Crowd map iHub Pivot25 mLab Kenya – mpesa and ushahidi kencall
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    • This Minute
    • Swift River
    • Crowdmap
    • China Bicycles
    • Huduma Education & Health
    • U4U
    • iHub [(i) mLab Pivot25, (ii) mLab]
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    • Kenya
    • Population: 39 million
    • 25M Phone subscribers,
    • 10M internet users, 4.9M mobile internet
    • M-pesa $0.5 billion / month
    • Ushahidi, iHub
    • Universities & colleges
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  • 34. Thank You