Ushahidi Liberia

AFP features Ushahidi Liberia

Agence France-Presse visited Ushahidi Liberia’s office during the recent presidential elections to learn how the electoral process, and conflict across the country, was being mapped by partner organizations on the ground. Check out this AFP video for more:

UN and Ushahidi collaboration suggests an interwoven future is inevitable

Guest post by David Foster: Lieutenant Colonel Foster has served over 24 years in the US Army.  He is currently assigned to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as a Plans and Operations Officer.  He recently led the development and implementation of a Joint Elections Security Plan for Liberia’s 2011 General Election.

Liberia’s Election Sitrep: on and off the map

Here’s a brief situation report of events on the ground in Liberia, where Ushahidi Liberia’s team has been operational for the past year and-a-half. This report covers the eve of and, now, day of, the presidential run-off election:

Liberia’s elections map – one week on, with new features

It has been a week since Liberia’s presidential elections; during that time, the pervasive peace on election day has given way to opposition’s claims of electoral fraud as well as a few incidents of violence including two cases of

Liberia Votes, Ushahidi maps

The Ushahidi Liberia team was up with the sun to prepare for what may be the most anticipated day for Liberia in over five years – elections day. I’ve said it before, but it doesn’t get old: this is Liberia’s first democratic electoral process that has been run by the Liberian people.

Meet iLab Liberia

iLab Liberia, a project of the Ushahidi Liberia team, has been bustling since it opened this May.  iLab has become Liberia’s go-to resource center for local IT professionals, a training ground in open source software and has been known to throw a pretty mean mapping party.

Liberia’s Referendum on the map

Liberia’s Constitutional Referendum took place August 23rd, and was considered by many to be a dress rehearsal for the fast approaching presidential election. This Referendum was the first time since the civil war that Liberia’s National Elections Commission (NEC) ran the show rather than the UN; it was also a test for how effectively voter education activities had informed the population.

Where crime runs deep, Ushahidi Liberia goes local

Since Ushahidi Liberia began over a year ago, our team has been crowdseeding rather than crowdsourcing.  This has been the conscious choice of our 20+ partner organizations in-country, who have trusted field reporters and a shared reluctance about involving the crowd in a context where rumors and mob violence are

Ushahidi and Google team up in Liberia for elections

iLab Liberia was bustling last week with Ushahidi Liberia and Google’s event, “New Tech at Work: Planning for Liberia’s Elections and Beyond.”  The event was broken into two sections – a two-day session at iLab and a public one-day session at the delicious and spacious PA’s Ribhouse (good bbq and a big hall – what else is there?).  Here’s a bit about what we covered and how it went.

iLab Liberia’s must-haves

Setting up a technology center requires more than computers, connectivity, and enthusiasm.  This is worth saying out loud because we at Ushahidi Liberia underestimated just how much more was needed to get iLab Liberia up and running.
Here are a few of the must-haves we discovered in setting up this tech lab – we’d love to hear yours!

Ushahidi Liberia: new office, new lessons in importing + cold water

Ushahidi Liberia began this year with a new mission-critical: set up a well-resourced technology lab for local partners to use the Ushahidi platform and other information sharing tools.  We’ve been on the ground since June 2010, so you would think by now we have everything in place for the Ushahidi platform to work.  And in part, we do: we set up customized instances for 14 partner organization

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