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We've discussed Ushahidi here before; the project won last year's NetSquared Mashup Challenge. In short, Ushahidi aggregates information from text messages and other media, presenting a clearer picture of a crisis situation as it emerges. Ushahidi was created to address the post-election crisis in Kenya, but is now being used to track violence, human rights abuses, and aid efforts all over the world. In Erik Hersman's TED Talk, he gives some insight into where Ushahidi is going next (via). The next step, Erik says, is to crowdsource interpretation and appraisal of the information collected. With volunteers all over the world interpreting, collating, and vetting information, Ushahidi could offer a level of clear, instantaneous reporting that has never been attained before. This is really exciting stuff with far-reaching implications. Speaking of NetSquared, don't forget that registration is now open for N2Y4. And if you haven't already, be sure to subscribe to the NetSquared blog.
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