The Blog — Mapping Information
Impact BBDO and LBC have begun a campaign called "Cheyef 7alak" to "to track, capture, and report" irresponsible drivers in Lebanon. The campaign features short, commercial style clips that demonstrate how people are violating traffic laws in Lebanaon. The campaign has its own website as well as a facebook page and YouTube channel and it already has 17,000 'likes' on Facebook, indicating its popularity and potential.
The recent intensification of attacks by Islamic militant group Boko Haram in northern and central Nigeria, including its capital Abuja, is alarming to Nigerians and the international community alike. But is it really an escalation?
Following a number of protests held in the United Kingdom against increases to tuition fees, a group of tech-savvy activists have created a new mobile app to help keep demonstrators informed while on the ground and to avoid kettling. Sukey takes reports fielded through a number of tools, filters out misinformation, and updates what's happening in real time on a map. Smartphone users can check updates on the live map, while feature phone users can receive SMS from Sukey with frequent updates.
OpenStreetMap is free and editable map regarded as “the most extensive, publicly available, mapping solution in the world." While Google Maps remains a leader in mapping services, the open nature of OpenStreetMap makes it an ideal platform for collaborative projects. Since its maps can be quickly edited and customized, OpenStreetMap is quickly becoming the preferred mapping service to more and more communities and organizations around the world. Learn about how the mapping service has been used on projects in Haiti, the slums of Kenya, and Russia.
2011 promises to be a year of new products and redesigns from Ushahidi, and the open-source platform for crowdsourcing information recently announced the release of a new product: checkins! Is this just an effort to join the check-in trend or does the new feature offer unique value to the purposes that Ushahidi is often used for, like crisis-mapping, humanitarian relief, election monitoring and even protests?
Looking for the perfect mapping tool? Can’t decide whether you should use Google Maps or OpenStreetMap for your project? Both mapping platforms have their benefits and drawbacks - and a lot depends on how you plan on using the map and integrating it into your website. Which map will best suit your needs?
Tent City in Minsk Main Square Following 2006 Elections, from Indymedia.org #Electby Tracks Fraud in Sunday’s Belarusian Election
"Residents of Minsk seem to be concerned with Christmas shopping," goes a BBC report from Belarus. Ahead of Sunday's elections there, apathy does appear to prevail.
Opposition candidates, though, claim that disillusionment with Lukashenko's rule (he's Europe's last dictator, remember) is high enough to warrant post-election demonstrations. If this is a possibility, might protests in Belarus reach a scale similar to those which toppled the communist party in Moldova and spurred a new round of legitimate elections in Ukraine?
Police recruits in South Sudan are trained to provide security for the January 9th referendum As SMS Crisis Mapping Goes Mainstream, Providing the Platform Isn’t Enough
With tensions high around a secession referendum scheduled for January 9 in South Sudan, it's good to see technology being put to use to help monitors keep track of irregularities and violence. But it is important to note that several years ago, Sudan’s state-run telecommunications company was accused of deactivating its cell towers before military attacks on villages in Darfur, thereby interrupting service that would allow villagers to warn each other of impending violence. If telecom companies were to shut down cell towers again during the referendum, the Sudan Vote Monitor (and all cellular forms of reporting) would be rendered useless.
Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of central London today to protest a bill that would raise tuition fees. They used a variety of traditional protest tactics and digital activism to coordinate and share their message, including a Google Map to plot police activity.
Egyptian civil society activists hoping to map and monitor the upcoming parliamentary elections are unhappily surprised to find out that others --from an opposition group, not civil society -- had a similar idea.