Sentinel Project In Iraq

July 12, 2017 |

The Sentinel Project has begun operations in Northern Iraq, focusing on violence prevention and mitigation efforts, addressing urgent humanitarian needs, and documenting the crimes perpetrated by armed actors in the region. A Sentinel team is on the ground to develop the programming in coordination with local community-based organizations in Erbil, Mosul and Sinjar district.  The…

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Report: Una Hakika Phase 1 Results

December 21, 2015 |

After two years of operating the Una Hakika information service, we are ready share our research findings is the “Una Hakika: Mapping and Countering the Flow of Misinformation in Kenya’s Tana Delta” released today. When our team first visited this part of Kenya that was deeply impacted by interethnic massacres in late 2012 and early…

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Burundi: The Tipping Point

November 23, 2015 |

There is a crisis in Burundi and not enough is being done to stop it. The ongoing violence in has finally started to attract a lot of international attention in recent days with some observers comparing it to neighbouring Rwanda before the genocide [1], while United Nations officials have stated that the organization – and…

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The Attack That Never Was: A firsthand case for expanding Una Hakika and using UAVs

April 1, 2015 |

One of my goals during our latest visit to the Tana Delta was to take a break from our usual routine of meetings, village visits, training sessions, and long hours on the road in order to simply observe Una Hakika in action. It seemed like a great opportunity to watch as rumour reports came in…

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In Nairobi on April 14? Join us at the Una Hakika forum

March 31, 2015 |

Is there a relationship between peace, conflict, technology, and misinformation? If so, how does this relationship work and what can we do to create healthier, more stable societies by responsively making accurate information readily available to citizens? You’re invited to join the Una Hakika team for a discussion about the link between technology and violence…

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Rumour Has It: Misinformation Management Consulting Available

February 18, 2015 |

In the course of our atrocity prevention work here at the Sentinel Project, we’ve built up a body of knowledge that applies to many different fields. This includes crisis mapping, security, and unmanned aerial vehicles but our greatest area of expertise is in managing misinformation thanks to the successful Una Hakika project in Kenya’s Tana Delta….

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How it works: Una Hakika

February 17, 2014 |

We’ve been talking and writing a lot lately about Una Hakika but haven’t really taken the time yet to fully describe what it is. After all, what does it mean in practice to prevent atrocities in a remote part of eastern Kenya by using mobile phones to counter misinformation? This is a unique and fairly…

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Our goals for 2014

February 13, 2014 |

Setting goals is one of the keys to success in any venture, which is one of the main reasons that 2013 was such a great year for the Sentinel Project. In fact, I’m writing this blog post from the road as our team drives through the Tana Delta in the midst of our first major…

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Our View: Crises in the Central African Republic and South Sudan

December 20, 2013 |

The last few weeks have seen a string of alarming reports in two countries at risk of mass atrocities, first in the Central African Republic (CAR) as an international force attempts to stabilize a crumbling state and protect civilians, and now in neighbouring South Sudan as rumours of a coup have sparked violence and fears…

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Taking our first steps in the Tana Delta

November 29, 2013 |

Earlier this week, we returned from our first visit to Kenya since initiating the Tana Delta Misinformation Project last month. Abhishek, John, and I made a brief planning visit to get things started and I want to share a quick update with everyone following our progress. The goal of this trip was fairly straightforward as…

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