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Charting Violence in Kenya

By Tom Watson on January 20, 20082 Comments

I listened intently to Larry Brilliant’s conference call on investments made by last week, and heard about some pretty far-reaching goals using just a fraction of the search giant’s billions. But some of the best cause-related work in conjunction with Google is being done by its users. Witness Ushahidi, an online mapping project tracking both violent episodes and peace efforts in the sectarian disaster that is Kenya. Here’s how the site describes itself: is a tool for people who witness acts of violence in Kenya in these post-election times. You can report the incident that you have seen, and it will appear on a map-based view for others to see. We are working with local Kenyan NGO’s to get information and to verify each incident.

What you can do is get the word out about Ushahidi so that it’s utilized to it’s full potential. This especially extends to talking to the people that you know who have seen things in Kenya and getting them to the site as well. You can also help by using the contact form to volunteer to help with the tracking and verifying of each incident.

Spend some time there and click on the some of the truly terrifying single incidents – I honestly didn’t have as much of a feel for what’s happening in Kenya before this site complemented the coverage I get in the Times. Something about a map and the personal stories of real people and citizen journalists.

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  • [...] UN The Ultimate Resource on the Internet wrote an interesting post today on Charting Violence in KenyaHere’s a quick excerptHere’s how the site describes itself: is a tool for people who witness acts of violence in Kenya in these post-election times. [...]

  • Hello, Tom:

    So this was the causewired tag I saw on your delicious links. I hope you will continue to contribute to our delicious, for your expertise is needed, in addition to your humor in a time like this.
    I saw a demonstration on Darfour in D.C. way back in 2003. I know more about it now simply because there is more coverage of Darfour.

    Break a leg, as they say, my best wishes on the 4th anniversary of “My Dirty Life and Times.”

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