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,
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.
Between them, these volunteers mapped over 3,500 individual reports from hundreds of sources and you can see just how densely populated the map was. Not only that, but the map was being updated every 10-15 minutes with dozens of new dots, this map was truly alive.
Social media and citizen journalism prague
Social media and citizen journalism Opportunities, threats, tools, election reporting Training for Egyptian Journalists, Prague, Oct 2011 #amozora
“ People trapped at Un Bon Prix, near Napley Inn Hotel !”
“ The Crisis Map of Haiti represents the most comprehensive and up-to-date map available to the humanitarian community.” “ No matter what anyone else tells you, don’t stop mapping, you are saving lives.” FEMA Task Force Haiti
<ul><li>“ Mr. Moreno-Ocampo, the ICC [International Criminal Court] Prosecutor, sited Facebook and other social media as key influence in ICC taking action in Libya: ‘[Facebook and social-networking] triggered a very quick reaction. The [United Nations] Security Council reacted in a few days; the U.N. General Assembly reacted in a few days. So, now because the court is up and running we can do this immediately,’ he said. ‘I think Libya is a new world. How we manage the new challenge—that’s what we will see now.” </li></ul>
Standby Taskforce Online Volunteer Community for Live Mapping
Blogging and Social networking Twitter Blogging (Wordpress.com, Tumblr.com) Facebook Google + Linkedin (linkedin.com) Diaspora (joindiaspora.org)
Tools and apps Google Applications (google.com, google alerts, google fusion tables) Google Groups (groups.google.com) Skype, Google+ Hangouts Doodle.com Dropbox Video (youtube.com) Keepvid.com Prezi Presentations (prezi.com) Qik.com Mapping (ushahidi.com, crowdmap.com) Prezi.com
Communities Standby Taskforce (blog.standbytaskforce.com) Global Voices (globalvoicesonline.org) Open Street Map (openstreetmap.org) Crowdvoice.org Crisis Commons (crisiscommons.org)