April 27, 2011

Better Control Your Civic Engagement and Crowdsourcing Information Quickly

THIS IS way different. Check it - I came across a new site the other day. It's called "DemDash." Basically it claims to give citizens better control over their civic engagement and campaigns more meaningful ways to reach voters.

But better yet the site says, "DemDash is brand new - many features are incomplete or missing and lots of stuff is broken. We'd love your feedback, and thanks for being part of the first chapter of our story."

Gotta love the honesty.

Another site, Ushahidi, has been around a bit longer and everything actually works. Ushahidi is a non-profit tech company that develops free and open source software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping. I especially liked "Crowdmap" which allows you to get the Ushahidi platform up and "running in 2 minutes" so that you can crowdsource information - really fast.

I know you're asking - what does "Ushahidi" mean?

Answer. It means "testimony" in Swahili.

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