Ushahidi uses crowdsourcing for “activist mapping”, combining social activism, citizen journalism and geospatial data. A free and open-source platform, Ushahidi can help create a temporal and geospatial archive of events. The core platform allows the gathering of information from the general public during a crisis in near real-time. Companion products can be used to collect sensitive reports anonymously; inform citizens about information that could affect their rights and security; conduct trend analyses and visualize issues such as the threat of rising conflicts. Ushahidi has been used in several countries by citizens, media organizations, and social movements to document crises and protests.
Keywords: Protecting Safety and Security, Data analysis and visualization for human rights, Ushahidi