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The crowdsourcing of crisis information

Ushahidi (doclab-page) started as a website for reporting acts of violence in Kenya following the 2007 elections. Currently, the project has developed into a platform for reporting “crisis information” from Congo and South Africa as well. The project uses Google

Ushahidi (doclab-page) started as a website for reporting acts of violence in Kenya following the 2007 elections. Currently, the project has developed into a platform for reporting “crisis information” from Congo and South Africa as well. The project uses Google Maps to display where exactly acts of violence such as riots, property loss or rapes have been taking place. Anybody who witnesses such events can submit this information via Internet or by sending a text message with a mobile phone. The map-interface provides a visual overview of the situation.

One of the interesting aspects of this project is that the data is not provided by a specific institution but by individual citizens. In this way, eye-witnesses can skip government-dominated media channels and report directly on what is actually happening. This offers people in crisis areas a possibility to receive global attention.