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Moving towards open source innovation

After months of work our software code is finally released to the public for free. Every line of code and all thoughts behind it. Good ideas and probably also so not so good ones. The philosophy behind it all is simple: An idea needs to prove itself and can only be improved if its "recipe" is as transparent as possible.

Will This Be Our Decade of Data Use?

If anything positive has come out of the ongoing Ebola crisis in West Africa, it’s that we can finally put to rest a longstanding debate—namely, whether it’s more effective in global health

Harnessing Mistrust for Civic Action

Yes, it’s international press day here on my old, creaky blog.

Looking back to move ahead: A recap of the WSIS+10 Overall Review

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23 July 2015
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The 2005 UN World Summit on the Information Society set the tone for global discussions on

Who benefits from doubt? Online manipulation and the Russian – and US – internet

I was asked by an editor at RBC, one of Russia’s best respected independent news organizations, to offer my thoughts on the Russian/US infowar.

Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.21 is here!!!!

Progress continues on the v3 development front. Today, we’re rolling out an epic release of v3. Ushahidi v3.0.0-beta.21 is out!
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'Disability is not Inability' for Zimbabwean Fellow

“The message l am trying to portray and bring across is that disability is not inability,” said Samantha Nyereyemhuka of Zimbabwe, or Sam for short, who

Bridging the Gender Gap in Technology by Putting Women’s and Girls’ Access to Technology First

At the “How Can We Bridge Gender Gaps and Increase Women and Girls Access to Technology?” Technology Salon in Washington, D.C., leaders in various fields came together to discuss data and initiatives aimed to bridge the gender gaps in technology, with lead discussants Shireen Santosham, Revi Sterling, and Elise Young. I was fortunate enough to...

Instaserfs: Precarious Employment in the New – and Old – Economy

(This summer, I’m going to publish some of my work on FOLD, the beautiful platform my student Alexis Hope is building. There’s a graphically enhanced version of this story there.)

Why planning isn’t everything: Embracing serendipity, chance and luck in the pursuit of social change

Each year, hundreds – if not thousands – of engaged students walk through the doors of schools, colleges and universities around the world eager to learn the art of social change. But is this the best approach? Does turning social entrepreneurship into an academic discipline give out the right message?

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