Tag: crowdsourcing

by Heather Ford

During the aftermath of the Chilean earthquake last year, the Ushahidi-Chile team received two reports — one through the platform, the other via Twitter — that indicated an English-speaking foreigner was trapped under a building in Santiago. “Please send help,” the report read. “i am buried under rubble in my home at Lautaro 1712 Estación […] more »

by Miguel Paz

In December 2008, almost a year before Sebastián Piñera was elected president of Chile, the millionaire businessman and politician got together with his closest friends for a small birthday party in his investment headquarters in upper Santiago. This tight group, which the media has dubbed “Piñera’s business West Wing,” was composed of Piñera’s brother Pablo, […] more »

by Andrew Whitacre

One of the things we at MIT are very quietly considering — quietly in the same sense that I first considered getting a creative writing degree, as in, seduced by the prospect while overawed by the reality — is holding a large, public civic media conference as part of, or in addition to, our invitation-only […] more »

by Juliana Rotich

This post was written by Melissa Tuly and Jennifer Chan. This is the second in a series of blog posts documenting a 9-month Ushahidi evaluation project in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative supported by the Knight Foundation. The Ushahidi-Kenya evaluation is off to a strong start. Since returning from Nairobi in January, 2011 we […] more »

by Gail Robinson

More than two years since the idea first began buzzing in our collective brains, Gotham Gazette finally launched its Councilpedia site last week. Councilpedia, funded in part with a News Challenge grant from the Knight Foundation, is a unique new tool that will let people track the influence of money in New York City politics […] more »

by David Cohn

Anyone that has followed Spot.Us from the beginning knows we’ve tried to remain iterative and agile. In the earlier stages of Spot.Us I thought this was one of the larger lessons for journalism-entrepreneurs. I went through the iterative and agile process and tried to document it so others could repeat. I hope to continue this […] more »

by Mark Glaser

CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — After the announcement of the Knight News Challenge winners came the first “plenary session” at the Future of News and Civic Media Conference. The topic is “Crowdbuilding,” with the following panelists: Chris Csikszentmihalyi is director of the MIT Center for Future Civic Media. Gabriella Coleman is an anthropologist who studies the ethics […] more »

by Gail Robinson

Most of us have become so used to being able to do so much online that is comes as a surprise when we want to do something and can’t find the tools to do it. That’s the situation confronting the Gotham Gazette staff as we move forward with our Councilpedia project that will use crowdsourcing […] more »

by Juliana Rotich

Hatari.co.ke is is a website that allows anyone in Nairobi, Kenya, to submit reports about crime and corruption in the city. (“Hatari” means “danger” in Swahili.) It will provide the growing city and its inhabitants with a repository of public information about incidents such as carjacking, corruption, police harassment and others. This initiative builds on […] more »

by Gail Robinson

As Gotham Gazette gears up to launch a pilot version of its Knight-funded Councilpedia project, we are confronting a number of interesting issues. To step back first, though, Councilpedia will provide information about New York’s 51 City Council members and two citywide elected officials, including their campaign finance information, the bills they introduced, and the […] more »