Yo! Philly Votes aggregated and mapped real-time incident reports. The crowdsourced election protection initiative was the only successful U.S. deployment of the Ushahidi-powered platform on Election Day 2012.
Yo! Philly Votes Mapped Election Day in Philadelphia
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Faye Anderson (215) 995-5028 @andersonatlarge Yo! Philly Votes Mapped Election Day in Philadelphia Ushahidi-powered Platform Named ‘Map of the Week’Philadelphia, PA – November 7, 2012 – On Election Day 2012, Yo! Philly Votes aggregatedand mapped real-time incident reports. The crowdsourced election protection initiative was theonly successful U.S. deployment of the Ushahidi-powered platform during the general election.(Yo! Philly Votes Logo)“Yo! Philly Votes received hundreds of messages and 1780 pageviews,” said Faye Anderson,project manager of the citizen-led initiative. “Our reporters included members of the A. PhilipRandolph Institute, Black Youth Vote, Foot Soldiers for Democracy and the PhiladelphiaCoalition on Black Civic Participation. When they saw something, they said something viaTwitter, text message, YouTube and email.”Anderson added: “We are particularly excited by the participation of Millennials (18 to 29 yearolds), who are more likely to tweet a problem than call a hotline. We engaged young peoplewhere they are and empowered them to protect the vote.”About Yo! Philly Votes: Yo! Philly Votes was named “Map of the Week” by the PhiladelphiaPublic Interest Information Network. The citizen-led initiative, which stems from Random Hacksof Kindness, promotes data-driven models of accountability in election administration. Theproject received support from The Knight Foundation Donor-Advised Fund of The PhiladelphiaFoundation. For more information, please visit www.PhillyVotes.info.About Ushahidi: “Ushahidi,” which means “testimony” in Swahili, was a website that wasdeveloped to map reports of post-election violence in Kenya in 2008. Today, Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that specializes in developing free and open source software forinformation collection, visualization and interactive mapping. The company builds tools fordemocratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals toshare their stories. For more information, please visit www.Ushahidi.com. ###