Activist Mapping


      Erik Hersman
   erik@ushahidi.com
Stuff I’m Excited About
geotate.com
AfricaMap




http://africamap.harvard.edu
buglabs.net
diydrones.com
Kenya Elections 2007
Getting from here




                    To here
President Mwai Kibaki   Raila Odinga
      incumbent          opposition
Ethnicities vs Election
Media Blackout




traditional media   blogs/social media
Ory Okolloh
kenyanpundit.com
Our Goals
• Create a way for everyday Kenyans to
  report incidents of violence that they saw
• Create an archive of news ...
Building It
• Detailed geospatial data is hard to come
  by in Africa
• How much should it be web-based in a
  mobile phon...
Ushahidi Calendar
27 28 29 30 31 1       2   3    4   5   6     7   8   9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 ...
Lessons Learned
• The importance of mapping accuracy
• Data poisoning - what happens when
  your antagonist starts using i...
juliana rotich   erik hersman   ory okolloh   david kobia
On Activism
Activist   Issue   Antagonist
It turns out activists are just everyday people,
      most with limited technical acumen.
Global Activist Maps
Crisis in Darfur - http://www.ushmm.org/maps/projects/darfur
Sudan ICC War Criminals - http://www.wantedforwarcrimes.org
Global Voices Online Censorship - http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/projects/maps
Tunisia Prisons Map - http://kitab.nl/tunisianprisonersmap
Bahrain Land Rights (PDF) - http://elijahzarwan.net/blog/?p=268
Chicago Idealist Network - http://www.chicagoidealistnetwork.org/2007/03/spaces.html
before                              after
Operation Murambatsvina (Zimbabwe) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Mura...
Sokwanele “All Breaches” - http://www.sokwanele.com/map/all_breaches
Green Peace - http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/oceans/whaling/great-whale-trail/map
Planet Action - http://www.planet-action.org
I Love Mountains - http://www.ilovemountains.org
Mapping for human rights violations

                 vs

       Mapping for activism




  (activists are not the authority)
Think about how you can use your skills to help
        in a cause that is important to you
Thank You
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Activist Mapping

  1. 1. Activist Mapping Erik Hersman erik@ushahidi.com
  2. 2. Stuff I’m Excited About
  3. 3. geotate.com
  4. 4. AfricaMap http://africamap.harvard.edu
  5. 5. buglabs.net
  6. 6. diydrones.com
  7. 7. Kenya Elections 2007 Getting from here To here
  8. 8. President Mwai Kibaki Raila Odinga incumbent opposition
  9. 9. Ethnicities vs Election
  10. 10. Media Blackout traditional media blogs/social media
  11. 11. Ory Okolloh kenyanpundit.com
  12. 12. Our Goals • Create a way for everyday Kenyans to report incidents of violence that they saw • Create an archive of news and reports around those same events • Show where the majority of the violence was happening
  13. 13. Building It • Detailed geospatial data is hard to come by in Africa • How much should it be web-based in a mobile phone culture? • Mobile phones - getting a full report in 140 characters is not easy • What data points do we need?
  14. 14. Ushahidi Calendar 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 27 27 idea, production, launch blogging and media violence Dec. 27 - Kenyan Elections Jan. 10 - 75% of Kenyan bloggers write about Ushahidi Dec. 27 - Dec. 30 - Period of uncertainty Jan. 12 - MSM pickup: BBC, NPR, Guardian, etc... Dec. 30 - Jan. 1 - Media blackout Jan. 3 - The idea of Ushahidi Jan. 5 - Ushahidi discussed Jan. 6 - Ushahidi prototype Jan. 9 - Ushahidi launched Jan.10 - Added functionality (RSS, SMS, etc...) Jan. 10 - Kenyan SMS shortcode partnership Jan. 22 - Ushahidi blog added Jan. 26 - Ushahidi timeline feature
  15. 15. Lessons Learned • The importance of mapping accuracy • Data poisoning - what happens when your antagonist starts using it? • Verification is difficult • Clarify why it was created and make that inescapably obvious • Create a feedback loop to end users
  16. 16. juliana rotich erik hersman ory okolloh david kobia
  17. 17. On Activism
  18. 18. Activist Issue Antagonist
  19. 19. It turns out activists are just everyday people, most with limited technical acumen.
  20. 20. Global Activist Maps
  21. 21. Crisis in Darfur - http://www.ushmm.org/maps/projects/darfur
  22. 22. Sudan ICC War Criminals - http://www.wantedforwarcrimes.org
  23. 23. Global Voices Online Censorship - http://advocacy.globalvoicesonline.org/projects/maps
  24. 24. Tunisia Prisons Map - http://kitab.nl/tunisianprisonersmap
  25. 25. Bahrain Land Rights (PDF) - http://elijahzarwan.net/blog/?p=268
  26. 26. Chicago Idealist Network - http://www.chicagoidealistnetwork.org/2007/03/spaces.html
  27. 27. before after Operation Murambatsvina (Zimbabwe) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Murambatsvina
  28. 28. Sokwanele “All Breaches” - http://www.sokwanele.com/map/all_breaches
  29. 29. Green Peace - http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/oceans/whaling/great-whale-trail/map
  30. 30. Planet Action - http://www.planet-action.org
  31. 31. I Love Mountains - http://www.ilovemountains.org
  32. 32. Mapping for human rights violations vs Mapping for activism (activists are not the authority)
  33. 33. Think about how you can use your skills to help in a cause that is important to you
  34. 34. Thank You

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