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Ushahidi Research Seminar 11.11.11

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Ushahidi Research Seminar 11.11.11
Maria Grabowski, Kjaer, Ushahidi Research Intern

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Ushahidi Research Seminar 11.11.11

  1. 1. Fieldwork on Ushahidi Deployments Background Experiences Challenges Next Steps11.11.11
  2. 2. The GistHow an online platform like Ushahidi creates new ways and premises for people to communicate, organize and mobilize in situations of crisis and political conflicts.
  3. 3. From a Problem Statement... “ (...) how the users of Ushahidi communicate, organize and mobilize as a network online; and how this type of Cyberactivism propagates to people on the ground?”
  4. 4. From a Problem Statement... “ (...) how the users of Ushahidi communicate, organize and mobilize as a network online; and how this type of Cyberactivism propagates to people on the ground?”
  5. 5. From a Problem Statement... “ (...) how the users of Ushahidi communicate, organize and mobilize as a network online; and how this type of Cyberactivism propagates to people on the ground?”
  6. 6. From a Problem Statement...
  7. 7. ...to the Ground “Something” with ‘deployers’ and their motivation, experiences, challenges and successes” agency · empowerment · social change
  8. 8. Cairo / July-August 2011
  9. 9. Cairo / July-August 2011 “Ushahidi is for action in crisis, but difficult to use for long term strategies”
  10. 10. Cairo / July-August 2011 “Ushahidi is for action in crisis, but difficult to use for long term strategies” “You throw some dots on a map, some are taken further, some are not (...) Its not like it is vibrating in social interaction”
  11. 11. Cairo / July-August 2011 “Ushahidi is for action in crisis, but difficult to use for long term strategies” “You throw some dots on a map, some are taken further, some are not (...) Its not like it is vibrating in social interaction” “people found the project interesting because it gave them a little dignity”
  12. 12. Cairo / July-August 2011 “Ushahidi is for action in crisis, but difficult to use for long term strategies” “You throw some dots on a map, some are taken further, some are not (...) Its not like it is vibrating in social interaction” “people found the project interesting because it gave them a little dignity” “by a click people are changing something”
  13. 13. Cairo / July-August 2011 “Ushahidi is for action in crisis, but difficult to use for long term strategies” “You throw some dots on a map, some are taken further, some are not (...) Its not like it is vibrating in social interaction” “people found the project interesting because it gave them a little dignity” “by a click people are changing something” “doing something instead of complaining”
  14. 14. Nairobi / October-November 2011
  15. 15. Nairobi / October-November 2011 “local understanding is crucial”
  16. 16. Nairobi / October-November 2011 “local understanding is crucial” “Need a more critical mass”
  17. 17. Nairobi / October-November 2011 “local understanding is crucial” “Need a more critical mass” “the challenge is to end the circle, so that the information is actually used for something”
  18. 18. Nairobi / October-November 2011 “local understanding is crucial” “Need a more critical mass” “the challenge is to end the circle, so that the information is actually used for something” “we’ve had positive responses, because people can act”
  19. 19. Nairobi / October-November 2011 “local understanding is crucial” “Need a more critical mass” “the challenge is to end the circle, so that the information is actually used for something” “we’ve had positive responses, because people can act” “I’ve seen it everyday, but without being able to do anything about it (...) it’s very satisfying”
  20. 20. Online Fieldwork ?#€%&! Monitor deployment websites Monitor Twitter and Facebook interaction related to the website. Following key ‘deployers’ in their online activities Analyze statistics on patterns and traffic More?
  21. 21. Timeline July-November 2011 / Fieldwork in Cairo & Nairobi January 2012 / Provide 2 Case Description + a short Best Practice Report for Ushahidi February-June 2012 / Analyzing data + online monitoring August 2012-March 2013 / Turning the whole thing into an beautiful audio montage! (=Master Thesis)
  22. 22. mariagrabowskikjaer@gmail.com maraison.wordpress.com

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