New Ushahidi Map for August 4, 2010 Elections in Kenya
Kenya-based Ushahidi, an organization that has created an online platform for gathering and mapping users’ text messages about crises in real time, launched a new mapping project last week to monitor Kenya’s August 4th elections. This project is particularly significant for Ushahidi (which means “testimony” in Swahili) because their work began in 2007-2008 as a response to the violence that erupted in Kenya after corrupt presidential elections (see this Documentalist post for background on Ushahidi). This year, Ushahidi is using its platform to try to head off such violence before it can even begin by mapping citizen reports of election activities at Uchaguzi (Elections). For a more detailed description of this project, see this Ushahidi blog post. As with all of their work, the platform will capture and archive all texts, videos, and images that users submit to the platform for mapping.