Ushahidi (Kiswahili for "testimony" or "witness") is a website created in the aftermath of Kenya's disputed 2007 presidential election (see 2007–2008 Kenyan crisis W) that collected eyewitness reports of violence sent in by email and text-message and placed them on a Google map.  It is also the name of the open source software developed for that site, which has since been improved, released freely, and used for a number of similar projects.
Ushahidi uses the concept of crowdsourcing for social activism and public accountability, serving as an initial model for what has been coined as 'activist mapping' - the combination of social activism, citizen journalism and geospatial information. Ushahidi provides a mechanism for local observers to submit reports using their mobile phones or the internet, while simultaneously creating a temporal and geospatial archive of events.
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