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Evolution in Live Mapping: The 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections My doctoral dissertation compared the use of live mapping technology in Egypt and the Sudan during 2010. That year was the first time that Ushahidi was deployed in those two countries. So it is particularly interesting to see the technology used again in both countries in 2012. Sudanese activists are currently using the platform to map #SudanRevolts while Egyptian colleagues have just used the tool to monitor the recent elections in their country. Analyzing the evolution of live mapping technology use in non-permissive environments ought to make for a very interesting piece of research (any takers?). According to my colleagues in Cairo who managed the interactive map, “more than 15 trainers and 75 coordinators were trained to work in the ‘operation room’ supporting 2200 trained observers scattered all over Egypt. Contrast this situation with how Egyptian activists struggled to keep their Ushahidi project alive under Mubarak in 2010. Like this: Like Loading...

Carnival of Space 178 - traversing wormholes and super magnetic fields The Carnival of Space 178 is up at we are all in the gutter This site supplied - Two Mars hopper designs for exploring over ten times more of Mars by making fuel from the Mars atmosphere This site also supplied a proposal for making air transportation safer. Weird Sciences looks at wormhole induction propulsion (WHIP) and interstellar travel How could wormhole could be constructed ? By confining exotic matter to narrow regions to form the edges of three-dimensional space like a cube. The exotic nature of the edge material requires negative energy density and tension/pressure. In a previous work by Maccon (Wormhole Induction Propulsion (WHIP) by Eric W. Magnetic field strengths would need to be billions of Tesla so that a significant radius of curvature and slowing of c can be measured Magnetic induction technologies based on nuclear explosives/implosives might work in order to achieve large magnitude results. Featured articles Ocean Floor Gold and Copper Ocean Floor Mining Company

Detecting Emerging Conflicts with Web Mining and Crisis Mapping My colleague Christopher Ahlberg, CEO of Recorded Future, recently got in touch to share some exciting news. We had discussed our shared interests a while back at Harvard University. It was clear then that his ideas and existing technologies were very closely aligned to those we were pursuing with Ushahidi’s Swift River platform. The study combines almost all of my core interests: crisis mapping, conflict early warning, conflict analysis, digital activism, pattern recognition, natural language processing, machine learning, data visualization, etc. Natural Language Processing (NLP) and event-data extraction applied to crisis monitoring and analysis is of course nothing new. The RecordedFuture system works as follows. A key feature of the RecordedFuture system is that extracts and estimates the time for the event described rather than the publication time of the newspaper article parsed, for example. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Like this: Like Loading...

Introducing the Standby Task Force subtle technologies DeadUshahidi: Neither Dead Right Nor Dead Wrong There’s a new Crowdmap in town called DeadUshahidi. The site argues that “Mapping doesn’t equal change. Using crowdsourcing tech like Ushahidi maps without laying the strategic and programmatic ground work is likely not going to work. And while we think great work has been done with crowdsourced reporting, there is an increasing number of maps that are set up with little thought as to why, who should care, and how the map leads to any changes.” In some ways this project is stating the obvious, but the obvious sometimes needs repeating. At the same time, I think some of the assumptions behind this initiative need questioning. No one has submitted a report to your map in the last 12 months.For time-bound events, like elections and disasters, the number of reports are so infinitesimally small (in relation to the number of the community the map is targeting) that the map never reached a point anywhere near relevance. Or perhaps a better analogy is photography. Like this: Like Loading...

Blog The Future of the Internet — And How to Stop It Does Santa Exist? A Chat with Eric Kaplan (Transcript) January 19th, 2015 | by Benjamin Sobel | published in Future of the Internet | Comments Off Jonathan Zittrain: This is Jonathan Zittrain speaking. Does Santa Exist? December 26th, 2014 | by z | published in Future of the Internet | Comments Off Eric Kaplan is a writer and producer of the Big Bang Theory. Everything you should know about … warrant canaries December 8th, 2014 | by ngilens | published in Future of the Internet | 1 Comment Guest post by Naomi Gilens, J.D. Why Libraries Matter September 10th, 2014 | by z | published in Future of the Internet | Comments Off I’ve written up a piece on Medium on why libraries matter — you can find it here: Vital parts of the Web are censored, poisoned, and lost amidst truthiness. Righting the right to be forgotten

Syria: Crowdsourcing Satellite Imagery Analysis to Identify Mass Human Rights Violations Update: See this blog post for the latest. Also, our project was just featured on the UK Guardian Blog! What if we crowdsourced satellite imagery analysis of key cities in Syria to identify evidence of mass human rights violations? This is precisely the question that my colleagues at Amnesty International USA’s Science for Human Rights Program asked me following this pilot project I coordinated for Somalia. AI-USA has done similar work in the past with their Eyes on Darfur project, which I blogged about here in 2008. But using micro-tasking with backend triangulation to crowdsource the analysis of high resolution satellite imagery for human rights purposes is definitely breaking new ground. A staggering amount of new satellite imagery is produced every day; millions of square kilometers’ worth according to one knowledgeable colleague. But professional satellite imagery experts who have plenty of time to volunteer their skills are far and few between. Like this: Like Loading...

Informationsflut und Verständnisverlust Gegen die Informationsflut - für einen Verständnisgewinn In quantitativer Hinsicht werden immer mehr Informationen produziert und ausgetauscht; die Qualität der modernen Informationsflut wird zunehmend fragwürdiger: Statt eines verstehenden Wissens wird fast nur noch das instrumentelle Wissen vermittelt und angeeignet; die Frage, wie der deshalb eingetretene Verständnisverlust überwunden werden kann, fordert nicht die Technik der Informationserfassung, der Informationsverarbeitung und der Informationsanwendung heraus, sondern eine philosophische Reflexion. Die Zunahme der Informationsangebote veranschaulicht ein Blick in die Geschichte. Der Mensch erfand immer wirkungsvollere Medien, um Informationen zu speichern und zu transportieren. Angesichts dieser Einschätzung der gegenwärtigen Weltlage wird man zurückverwiesen auf die Frage nach der Qualität der modernen Informationsflut. Welches Wissen häufen wir an? Wir wissen immer mehr, und dennoch: Wir verstehen immer weniger. M. a. Prämoderne

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