Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Ushahidi: innovation in journalism

Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, building a platform that crowdsources crisis information. Allowing anyone to submit crisis information through text messaging using a mobile phone, email or web form.

Ushahidi technicians are heading for Orland to receive the Knight-Batten award for Innovations in journalism.

A handful of Kenyan techies launched a site for bloggers and citizen journalists to report, document and map incidents of political violence following an apparently stolen presidential election. Eventually 130 people uploaded incident reports. The site modeled grassroots information-sharing in a time of crisis and censorship.

From the Judges: "This site is a perfect example of just how far-reaching and important citizen journalism can be."

rom 24 to 26 September 2008, thousands of creative minds from all over the world will come together in Amsterdam for the third PICNIC: Ushahidi will be there.

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