Data Anywhere: a Participatory, Open Data Commons

May 14, 2013

from the DataAnywhere team / OccupyData Data is available in bits publicly, but aggregated by companies that want to charge for it.  Other data may be free in aggregate form, but is not available for live query/access, or data additions from the public.  This project aims to solve these problems, one data set at a […]

Data Anywhere for Disaster Response

Apr 12, 2013

In the last couple of decades, vast amounts of data have been collected about people, environments and situations. That data tends to exist in quarantined silos, aggregated only by organizations that spend large sums for that data and then keep the new aggregate in their own quarantined silos. This means that data is available for […]

Deployed Devices call

Mar 29, 2013

If you could put anything at all onto devices shipped into the field during disaster response, and they could stay through recovery, what would you put on them? What about a few million devices being shipped into developing areas? These are the questions we asked of ourselves and others in light of Microsoft’s Disaster response […]

Uchaguzi: Monitoring the 2013 Kenyan Election

Uchaguzi: Monitoring the 2013 Kenyan Election

Mar 4, 2013

Today is the Kenyan general election, and their first election since the new constitution was implemented. After the 2008 Kenyan election, violence erupted amid alleged charges of results manipulation. Ushahidi, a crowdsourced reporting platform, provided visualizations of violence and citizen reports during both the 2008 and 2010 elections. For the 2013 elections, Ushahidi has launched […]

Bachchao: A mobile call for help.

Dec 27, 2012

Trigger warning for victims of assault. Imagine that you are walking home from work on a dark winter’s night. To get to your apartment, you have to walk through a narrow alley that leads to your building. Over the last few weeks, there have been several muggings in that alley. Each time, the victims said […]

Mitigating The Danger Of Explosive Remnants of War

Mitigating The Danger Of Explosive Remnants of War

Dec 3, 2012

Explosive remnants of war (ERW) are explosive weapons that fail to detonate as intended and weapons that have been left behind unused. These devices pose a serious threat as they age and become increasingly unstable. In 2009 The Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitorcounted 3,956 casualties due to landmines and ERW in 64 countries around the […]

Specing out Challenges

Oct 15, 2012

Hackathons are a great way to move a project forward with new minds on the challenge and a big push over a few days, but it takes some skill to get what you need out of that push. The first step to getting the solutions you need is to make sure that your challenges are […]

Humanitarian Toolbox

Oct 6, 2012

Originally posted at Humanitarian Toolbox, written by Gisli. We are incredibly honored to be a part of this initiative. Today we at NetHope, CrisisCommons and GeeksWithoutBounds are proud to announce, in partnership with Microsoft and DotNetRocks the launch of the Humanitarian Toolbox. The Humanitarian Toolbox is an initiative intended to help bring the expertise and good will of the software development community to the humanitarian world. Ever […]

Communicating in the middle of nowhere with OpenBTS

Aug 28, 2012

A little while ago a shirtless man approached our camp as we were setting up in advance of Burning Man. “I hear you guys have phones, is that true?” “Yes, what do you need?” “I need to make a phone call, I have a family emergency.” David Burgess, head of camp Papa Legba, turns and points […]

Help Haiti Connect get to RELIEF!

Aug 6, 2012

Our organisation is technology & development focused and our initial mission in Haiti was to build communication networks to be used by the various NGO’s, disaster response organisations and local government. We have since expanded our scope and in the 2.5 years since we have supplied Internet access and computer network equipment and services to […]