Crowdmap What Exactly Is Crowdmap? Crowdmap is designed and built by the people behind Ushahidi, a platform that was originally built to crowdsource crisis information. As the platform has evolved, so have its uses. Crowdmap allows you to set up your own map of Ushahidi without having to install it on your own web server. What Can I Do With Crowdmap? Microtasking Advocacy and Humanitarian Response in Somalia I’ve been working on bridging the gap between the technology innovation sector and the humanitarian & human rights communities for years now. One area that holds great promise is the use of microtasking for advocacy and humanitarian response. So I’d like to share two projects I’m spearheading with the support of several key colleagues. I hope these pilot projects will further demonstrate the value of mainstreaming microtasking. Both initiatives are focused on Somalia.
Clicktivism is ruining leftist activism A battle is raging for the soul of activism. It is a struggle between digital activists, who have adopted the logic of the marketplace, and those organisers who vehemently oppose the marketisation of social change. At stake is the possibility of an emancipatory revolution in our lifetimes. World Relief World Relief is an international relief and development agency. Founded in 1944 as the humanitarian arm of the National Association of Evangelicals, World Relief offers assistance to victims of poverty, disease, hunger, war, disasters and persecution. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, the organization has offices worldwide. It is supported by churches, foundations, and individual donors, as well as through United States Government grants from USAID and other agencies. World Relief serves over 4 million vulnerable people a year and has over 100,000 volunteers actively engaged in reaching their communities with life saving messages.
Transportation Is All About Real-Time Data The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles — it delivers smart mobility services. Visit bmw-i.com or follow @BMWi on Twitter. Fourth-Generation Early Warning Systems (Updated) This blog post follows the discussion on first-, second- and third-generation early warning systems from the previous post below. The purpose of this entry is to make more clear the distinctions between third-generation (3G) and fourth-generation (4G) early warning systems. Note that the distinction between 3G and 4G systems does not imply that one is necessarily better or more effective than the other. Each generation of early warning systems has its own comparative advantage and a role to play in an ecosystem approach to conflict early warning and rapid response.
Support a Constitutional Amendment: Corporations Are Not People Support a Constitutional Amendment: Corporations Are Not People In last year's Citizens United decision, the Supreme Court gave corporations the same First Amendment rights as people. And in the last election, we saw what this corporate takeover of our democracy looks like. We're asking every state legislator in the country to support the most direct remedy we have left to correct the Supreme Court's awful Citizens United decision: a constitutional amendment clarifying that corporations are not people. Amending the Constitution is admittedly no easy task. Global Water Foundation The Global Water Foundation (GWF)is a non-profit organisation dedicated to delivering clean water and sanitation to the world's neediest communities. Professional tennis player Johan Kriek founded the organisation in 2005 after attending meetings of the World Economic Forum in Cape Town, South Africa. The goals of the GWF echo the Millennium Development Goals established at the United Nations' Millennium Summit in September 2000. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with offices in Sarasota, Florida, and Raleigh, North Carolina, in the United States, the GWF's goal is to raise public awareness, contribute technical assistance and fund programs to improve water quality and provide adequate sanitation in schools, rural areas and other communities across developing nations.
Nokia Maps 3D: Nav and Sharing Nokia's web based 3D map service, Nokia Maps 3D, has been updated with navigation, sharing, new search options and more, the company announced on its blog. Located at maps.nokia.com, Nokia Maps 3D now offer 3D imagery of 25 cities around the world, including Barcelona, Berlin, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Rome and San Francisco. To be able to see the 3D version of the map, you'll have to install a browser extension and restart your browser first. What is Crisis Mapping? An Update on the Field and Looking Ahead I last updated my piece on A Brief History of Crisis Mapping some two years ago, well before the first International Conference on Crisis Mapping was held (ICCM 2009). So a brief update on the past 24 months may be in order, especially for a field that continues to grow so rapidly. When I Googled the term “crisis mapping” in September 2009, I got 8,680 hits.