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CEWARN engages Ushahidi on using social media information for conflict early warning

CEWARN Director Mr. Richard Barno visited Ushahidi Headquarters, a non-profit software company that develops free and open-source software (LGPL) for information collection, visualization, and interactive mapping on 10 July 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya and received briefing on the operations.

Ushahidi (Swahili for ‘testimony’) was created in the aftermath of Kenya’s disputed 2007 presidential election to collect eyewitness reports of violence reported by email and text message. Ushahidi later presented the information on interactive maps. The Ushahidi website uses the crowd sourcing for social activism and public accountability and offers products that enable local observers to submit reports using their mobile phones or the internet, while simultaneously creating a temporal and geospatial archive of events.

Deliberations between Mr. Barno and Ushahidi representatives focused on how CEWARN can adopt tools used by Ushahidi to tap into data available from social media for conflict early warning.

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