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Ushahidi is an open-source platform for collecting and visualizing information about crisis situations. The site was developed in 2008 by Ory Okolloh to map reports of post-election violence in Kenya. Though Ushahidi was founded in Kenya, its staff members are distributed around the world. Ushahidi is a nonprofit and received seed funding from the international…

Joshua Benton    March 7, 2012

The mapping platform had a a hiccup a couple days ago; around 24 hours’ worth of user data may be impacted.

Mark Coddington    March 13, 2011

Ushahidi is an open-source platform for collecting and visualizing information about crisis situations. The site was developed in 2008 by Ory Okolloh to map reports of post-election violence in Kenya. Though Ushahidi was founded in Kenya, its staff members are distributed around the world. Ushahidi is a nonprofit and received seed funding from the international…

Twitter    August 9, 2010

Journal Register Company finishes Q2 ahead of its $12M earnings goal, on track to share profits with its employees http://j.mp/d1Rmq9 » Exciting: @Ushahidi launches Crowdmap, a free, quick-to-install, easy-to-use version of the platform http://j.mp/bJJiNz » More Google news, via @jilliancyork: the company is beginning an extensive recruitment campaign in China http://j.mp/cjgKtZ » Here it is,…

Megan Garber    July 15, 2010

Since its launch in early 2008, the crowdsourced mapping platform Ushahidi has been used to monitor elections in Burundi, to track violence in Pakistan, to coordinate aid in Haiti. Its platform has been downloaded nearly 4,000 times; its mobile platform, more than 3,700. It’s now been six months since Haiti’s earthquake; and Patrick Meier, Ushahidi’s…

Jessica Roy    June 18, 2009

Citizen journalism further came of age this week as regular citizens using tools like Twitter and Facebook out-reported much of the mainstream media, keeping the world riveted with news and photos pouring out of Iran. It seems particularly appropriate, then, that the Knight News Challenge also announced its grant recipients this week. Many of the…

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Justin Ellis    October 24, 2013

Knight Foundation and Mozilla have announced a new class of fellows who will take their hacker skills into newsrooms around the US and across the globe. The new class of five Knight-Mozilla Fellows has just been announced at the Mozilla Festival in London, and their bios include some of the sort of descriptions you might…

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Justin Ellis    October 17, 2013

The Knight Foundation is reinvesting in Knight-Mozilla OpenNews to help grow the community of journalism-centered hackers and find ways to better integrate them into media companies. This morning, Knight announced it was awarding $4 million in new funding to the program it jointly supports with Mozilla, best known for its Firefox browser. The funding, over…

Joshua Benton    June 17, 2013

My second favorite journalism fellowship program (behind only the Nieman Fellowships, of course) has opened up for applications again, and if you think you’re qualified, you should apply. The Knight-Mozilla Fellowships, now in their third cycle, embed civic-minded coders into some of the world’s top news organizations to do work that can reach big audiences…

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John Wihbey    February 27, 2013

Editor’s note: There’s a lot of interesting academic research going on in digital media — but who has time to sift through all those journals and papers? Our friends at Journalist’s Resource, that’s who. JR is a project of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and…

Caroline O'Donovan    February 26, 2013

A new set of guidelines aimed at helping disaster relief workers better use SMS in crisis scenarios was unveiled Monday at the Mobile World Congress. “Towards a Code of Conduct: Guidelines for the use of SMS in Natural Disasters” focuses on the role that mobile providers play in these scenarios and the importance of collaboration….

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Joshua Benton    February 20, 2013

The head of Knight’s journalism initiatives talks about who it funds and how it tries to give its projects life beyond a grant’s expiration date.

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Caroline O'Donovan    January 18, 2013

There might not by Internet access out in the fields, but WeFarm hopes that SMS and a human network built on translation and information sharing can let farmers get more out of their land.

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Joshua Benton    January 17, 2013

The common thread through several of the eight winners: turning underpowered phones into information engines.

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Lara Setrakian    January 15, 2013

“The story-specific platform is a relief: profound by the nature of our content, calm by the focus of our mandate.”