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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. [1] 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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  •, First Ushahidi Experience, 10 August [2] place, topic

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According to Wikipedia, the software has since been used in other countries including South Africa, India and Mexico, and during 2010 after the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.

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  1. Forbes Magazine, December 08, 2008, Citizen Voices
  2. Global Voices, 10 August 2010

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