Activist Mapping: Ushahidi (Kenya +)
Information collection, visulaisation and interactive mapping.
Ushahidi means 'testimony' in Swahili and it's a website is a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout in 2008. Since then Ushahidi has grown from a random group of volunteers to a focused organization. It has been used to map violence, disaster response, corruption, sexual harrassment and more in the Congo, Gaza, Chile India, Haiti, Pakistan and beyond. The Ushahidi platform allows anyone to gather distributed data via SMS, email or web and visualize it on a map or timeline. The goal is to create the simplest way of aggregating information from the public for use in crisis response.
Ushahidi responds to the need for timely co-ordination of information on the ground on various issues. It employs the concept of crowdsourcing for social activism and public accountability. Ushahidi serves as an initial model for what has been coined as 'activist mapping' – the combination of social activism, citizen journalism and geospatial information.
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