Mobilizing with Ushahidi

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At the Civicus World Assembly (http://www.civicusassembly.org/), I joined a panel to talk on Integrating Mobile into Civil Society Technology projects

September 11, 2011
Montreal, QC

The integration of mobile phones/applications and Internet technologies into formats that are easy to access and use creates further inclusionary platforms that require little technical skills, relatively little time investment and information flows in multiple directions that encourage discussion. This culminates in the growing availability of locally and globally relevant content to facilitate knowledge-building, community building and speedy mobilisation of groups to transform their world, in addition to giving civil society advocates a timely and speedy voice in global decision making processes.

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  • My name is Dale Zak, and I’m a mobile developer with Ushahidi.\nI’m gonna play a short video introducing you to the platform.\n
  • So what is Ushahidi?\nUshahidi is open source software to collection and visualize information on a map.\nOpen source means the code is free and publicly available for anyone to use.\nI personally believe Ushahidi is also three things:\n1) Platform - open source, customizable, localizable, anyone can build upon it\n2) Community - global conversation all working towards a common goal\n3) Movement - help empower disadvantaged groups by giving them a voice\n
  • U-sha-hee-dee is the Swahili word for ‘testimony’.\nOriginally a website to report post-election violence from Kenya in 2008. \nThere was gap between what was happening on the ground, and what was being reported in the media. \nUshahidi was created to allow citizens to have a voice, “this is what I see.”\n
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  • And that leads me to the Libya Crisis.\nOn March 2nd, UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) \nrequested the Stand-By Task Force be activated in Libya.\nThe initial map was password protected to ensure safety of reporters, but later made publicly accessible.\n
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  • You can visit ushahidi.com or crowdmap.com for more information, thank you!\n
  • Mobilizing with Ushahidi

    1. Mobilize your community withHeather Leson@heatherlesonhleson@ushahidi.com
    2. What is Ushahidi? Open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. We build tools for democratizing information, increasing transparency and lowering the barriers for individuals to share their stories.Platform Community Movement ushahidi.com
    3. History "Ushahidi", which means "testimony" in Swahili, was a website that was initiallydeveloped to map reports of violence in Kenya after post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. legacy.ushahidi.com
    4. Communication (Photos of the Kenyan Railway Museum)
    5. Crowdmap Crowdmap allows you to set up your own deployment ofUshahidi ‘in the cloud’ without having to install it on your own web server. crowdmap.com
    6. Collecting InformationTypes of Reports:Web-based FormEmailSMSMobile AppTwitterFacebook(...and more)
    7. iPhone / iPadUshahidi mobile application for the iPhone and iPad bit.ly/ushahidi_ios_app
    8. SMSSyncSMSSync is a simple SMS to HTTP sync utility, that turns any Android phone into a local SMS gateway that sends incoming messages to any Ushahidi deployment. smssync.ushahidi.com
    9. Checkins (CI)Quick location update which can include an optional photo and description, sharing “I am here”. bit.ly/checkins_purpose
    10. Election MonitoringMay 2009 - 202 reports, 20,000 views August 2010 - 1525 reports, 20,000 viewsAllow citizen reporting during election Monitor Kenya referendum election votereport.in uchaguzi.co.ke
    11. Citizen Journalism December 2010 - 319 reports, 156,859 views April 2011 - a lot reportsHelp bring awareness to sexual harassment in Egypt Engaging citizens to help design a better city harassmap.com bit.ly/ushahidi_pps
    12. Disaster ResponseMarch 2011 - 8,000+ reports, 144,974 views January 2011 - 99,772 reports, 469,744 viewsMonitor fallout of tsunami and nuclear crisis Monitor the flooding in Australia sinsai.info/ushahidi queenslandfloods.crowdmap.com
    13. Community + Plan (Photo by Jon Schuler)
    14. Key steps to an Integrated Plan Start What is the reason to map? Who owns it? What are the goals? Partners/Community? Which Technology/Technologies? Feasible? Budget/Fundraising Which resources do you need? Information flow: Inbound/Outbound Implementation Plan Marketing/Communications Verification and Analysis Review Revise Research and Iterate End (Diagram by Chris Blow)
    15. Building Bridges: 6000 SMS messages
    16. http://www.buildingbridges.co.ke/joomla/
    17. E U R O P Ehttp://www.fixyourstreet.ie/
    18. A S I Ahttp://powercuts.in/
    19. O C E A N I Ahttp://eq.org.nz/
    20. S O U T H A M E R I C Ahttp://www.miradorelectoralguatemala.org/ushahidi-new/
    21. N O R T H A M E R I C Ahttp://vtirene.crowdmap.com/
    22. A F R I C Ahttp://lagostraffic.crowdmap.com/
    23. Questions?ushahidi.com crowdmap.com

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